A good and cheap option if you find one sound and running
The engine and gearbox had to be pulled out twice during the first 10000 km, under warranty, due to faulty transmission. Twice again before the car had 50000 km, each and every time needing a complete new clutch set.
Water drained into the oil sump at around 80000 km. Solved by a ring job.
Rust: trunk bottom, around the windows, rear quarters, front fenders, door sills. All before the car was 5 years old. Never repaired it, I just kept on driving it until it was beyond repair and bought a brand new car.
Difficult cold startup.
Terrible defogging, bad heating system.
Difficult tight parking due to very heavy steering.
Terrible gearbox, even when it was running OK, easy to miss a gear, any mechanical sound I've ever heard came out of the thing.
Brakes went completely dead when I drove it to the dealer as a trade-in.
Even though the car had many faults and shortcomings, it had an excellent cargo area, big doors, seats where you could take out a heavy overcoat without much trouble, and good fit and finish.
The rear seat had very little leg and hip space, especially if the driver was a tall person.
Great open road manners. The car would stick to the road at reasonable speeds, at 120 km/h you felt a great sense of control.
It was great as a first brand new car!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th December, 2003