Great first car if looked after, don't believe the rust stories
Electrics - indicator wiring; starter motor seized; didn't like the damp! Car's biggest Achilles heel.
Transmission/engine - clutch cable siting bad, cable wore against bulkhead despite plastic gaiter, replaced cable three times; two clutch plates in 70K miles; timing belt slipped; eventually the syncromesh went on second gear!
Body/interior - plastic window support wore so the driver's window twice fell into the door, easily fixed; seat material wore through; NO RUST!!!
Great little hatchback, really deserved to be European Car Of The Year, despite odd reliabilty hiccups. NO RUST ANYWHERE even after 104K miles of all-year use!
Bit of a change after the Mini's very firm "suspension", but the Uno's grip was excellent, almost as much fun as the Mini, and far more practical. The inside had Tardis-like space.
Good on the motorway or around town, really good all-round vision, and easy to park. We kept this car as a second car when we got "something finer for work" (Golf GTi), but the Uno out-lasted the Golf!! Very sad to see it go, I really miss it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th March, 2000