The nicest sounding engine since the Audi Quattro
The passenger electric window works intermittently. The dealership who have looked after the car since new have never found the cause. I've given up trying to get this problem fixed.
Upon delivery, the rear windscreen wiper didn't work on its intermittent setting. This was replaced under warranty.
In Winter, the rear brake calipers froze on to their disc's. This prevented the vehicle from being moved until it had defrosted. This was caused by a split rear brake-cable hose. Water had got into the cable and had frozen. This required new brake cables, new disc's and pads to fix. Apparently this is a common fault with the HGT.
Brakes have always squeaked, even after the new ones were fitted.
Gearbox has always felt notchy. Dealership say this is normal.
I bought the car because I liked the noise of the engine. Its not disappointed.
If you are looking for a "hot hatch", this is probably not the car for you. Its not all that quick, but it is smooth.
You've also got to watch the rev counter. The variable valve timing doesn't start to kick in until above 3000 revs, so acceleration is very slow until then.
Fuel economy isn't as good as I hoped it would be.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 9th September, 2002