Water pump gave up at 180,000km ($200).
Throttle cable stretched and needed replacing at 200,000km ($80).
Radiator threw in the towel 230,000km ($200).
I bought this car for $5000 in 2003, owned it for 5 years and did about 70,000km in it. It was the 5th of 8 cars I've owned, and of those, it was by far the most reliable.
For a cost effective, reliable, cheap to run vehicle, it had grunt coming out its ears. A 0-100km/h girlfriend timed run of 7.9 seconds was proof enough, let only the fact it beat my weekend car to 100km/h, an AUII XR8 220 auto.
Plant the throttle in 2nd gear at 20km/h, and with only the slightest bit of lock on the steering wheel, it'd torch the inside tyre all the way to 90km/h. In 1st and 2nd gear, wheelspin was its default setting.
Engine, gearbox, steering, handling, brakes, air con, electrics and suspension all remained in great shape the entire 5 years I owned it. I wasn't the most careful owner of all time either, regularly dropping skids and taking it down dirt roads to see how long I could keep it sideways.
Of all the cars I've sold, this is the only one I'd want back, it was a gem. It ran perfect the day I bought it, and it ran perfect the day I sold it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th January, 2011