Awesome old wagon
Very little has gone wrong with this car, considering it's essentially all original and has won more races than it's lost as such.
Axle seals started leaking at 350000km.
Transmission was said to be faulty at time of purchase, after 3 years of burnouts races and attempted drifting, I replaced it with a 2nd hand unit, due to oil leaks and deteriorated transmission performance (dropped out of gear some times). Later found the problem was an incorrect trans dipstick causing low operating oil level.
At approx 365000km I blew head gasket climbing Nowendoc mountain heavily loaded, caused by the radiator-condensor gap being full of grass and dirt. When the radiator was cleaned, all ran smooth again, although I have put stop leak in to stop a leaking head gasket until I have time to fix it.
And 16 years of pounding over country NSW's shocking roads had caused the shock towers to cave in a little, resulting in excessive negative camber on front wheels, which wears tyres fast but helps handling.
My old wagon has been an absolute trooper of a car, goes very well considering the wear on the engine.
And still is good on fuel and very comfy to drive, the cruise control and power mirrors are also really handy.
All excellent considering the car cost me $700, and hasn't cost very much at all for maintenance to date.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st September, 2009