Neat, spacious, economical and surprisingly reliable if looked after
Water pump cracked and leaking at 12 years old
Shockers worn out at 12 years / 66000 miles
Rust at bottom of front doors and front suspension lower wishbones - replaced whole front subframe with one from a write-off
Loss of engine compression due to bore wear, giving loss of power - lots of short journeys caused engine wear.
Lasted well over 13 years with very few mechanical problems
Surprisingly little rust considering stored outside all it's life in wet South Wales
Performance lacking from 1.1 engine, but possibly due to bore wear - when I got car it was 12 years old
Spacious for size - Could get my bikes in back, and I'm 6ft 6in
Poor fuel economy initially - seemed to be due to vacuum in fuel system - drilling hole in filler cap sorted it
Cute styling - still looks neat; More chic than later model
Innovative & ergonomic control pods each side of instrument cluster - not fitted to later model
Easy engine access for servicing, etc.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 15th April, 2003