Reliable, but cheaply made.
When I bought it, the steering made a strange rubbing sound when turning, but only when the weather was hot. The mechanic replaced the power steering fluid and this seemed to fix the problem.
The car’s metal does ding very easily and in just the two years that I have owned it, there are many visible dings on it compared to our other car. The paint also scratches very easily.
The handbrake cable keeps slipping due to the strange design of its retention clip. After having it readjusted several times, I looked at it myself and have used other parts to permanently fix this.
The central locking system has a problem with it in that it is slow to operate and usually will only operate when you are very close to the car. Changing the battery on the remote control did not fix the problem.
Tyres seem to wear out quicker than my previous cars for some strange reason.
One rear electric window switch keeps locking in the up or down position.
The leather seats are comfortable and are still looking good even after plenty of mistreatment by our young son.
The car handles well and has been reliable. We have driven it between states (2000 km and back on a couple of occasions, fully loaded up with equipment and 3 people) and it has not given us any problems.
Has descent performance for a 2L engine.
Fuel consumption on long distance driving is good, although not as good in city driving.
Other than the above negatives, the car has served its purpose well and we hope it will continue to do so in the future.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 19th December, 2006