Back box was rusted and got knocked off by a speed ramp.
Oil pressure switch rotted and oil began to pour out while driving.
After 9 months, 2 CV joints within one week of each other.
Cylinder no.3 stopped compressing air.
Most of the problems just due to general wear and tear, except CV joints which were due to hard driving. Car was 12 years old when I bought it, and already needed back box and oil switch.
I bought this car in October '08 for €200 with a couple of small repairs to be done. After a new back box and oil switch, the total for the car came to €270.
My model had no electrics or any creature comforts, but for long drives I was still very comfortable by the end of it.
Being only a 1.4i SOHC 8 valve, I did not expect it to be quick, but even after 9 months of abuse I could still keep up with my cousins 1.5 LSi Honda Civic.
During its last days, the CV joints went, mainly because of my very hard driving. Also, during this time cylinder #3 stopped working.
I would recommend these cars to anybody. They get quite good fuel economy while driving normally, around 35mpg, although I only got around 20-25mpg. Again, down to my type of driving.
Also, the parts are everywhere, so they're quite cheap.
Although the car still drives, I have bought a new car since, a Nissan March/Micra A#, which I have also done a review of.