Awesome, great car for a runaround or business
Had the car for some years, and bought it from a family that let it sit for almost two years.
Head gasket twice at 150000 and 220000.
Brakes seem to be an issue, seeing that it's hard to find anti-rattle clips that actually fit.
Front brake discs rust very quickly.
CV joints on both sides; I have replaced twice. CV boots do not have a long life, and crack easily.
Fuel pump (manual) needed to be replaced, and couldn't use a pirate part; had to get one from the agent.
Shock bushes replaced first at 130000, and again at 240000.
Windscreen wiper motor packed up, and I only have one speed. This was replaced twice.
I was plagued with electrical issues until I replaced the coil and had the distributor modulator customised. Since then it's been like a dream.
Spark plug cables do not last long, and need to be checked at every service.
Radiator is not very good; went through two; seems that they crack after a certain amount of use.
Plagued by oil leaks from the engine. It seems that the threads of the block get worn, and the bolts can't turn correctly 200000km. Had this customised to stop this.
Front driver's wheel bearing replaced at 160000, and passenger side at 190000.
Sensors get worn at about 180000. This was replaced, but the quality is not the same and they break easily.
Back brake cylinders wear out at about 160000. Had both replaced in case.
Door handles and door panels wear out because of wear and tear.
I know it seems that I have been overwhelmed, but this is not true. It's the most economical car I have ever had, the interior is awesome if maintained correctly, I have really made use of this car, and I am quite a rough driver
The car handles great, and I get about 900km to a tank on the highway. I used to be on the road for work a lot, and on average did 5000km business a month and about 2700 personal.
Also keep in mind that this is on South African roads, which are not up to scratch, so most of the suspension issues are due to that. Even though I have done so much work to the car, I can't see myself selling it. It still has some oil leaks, which need to be seen to.
This car is awesome for those that have a tight pocket, also seeing that I paid ZAR12000 for it. I suggest this model to anyone.
As I said, most of the work done is wear and tear due to the usage and bad roads, but the coil, distributor modulator and fuel pump are known factory issues here.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th March, 2013