Good, honest and reliable friend!
Steering rack replaced at 40000 miles (now coming up to requiring another at 125000)
Several front lower arms.
Recently needed new bonnet latch.
Rust on front and rear valence. Also over Left side rear wheel arch and fuel filler area. Needed welding on sills for MOT recently.
This car is only the second I have ever owned, and it has never broken down on me.
Performance is good, but not electrifying. The Ford exhaust makes the car quite boomy inside, but the burble from the tailpipe sounds very sporty!
Handling is OK, but grip is poor in the wet/damp.
However, the car is on its original clutch, does not burn or leak any oil, always starts, is reliable, and generally turns in between 34-40mpg.
If I needed a runabout in a hurry now, I wouldn't have any hesitation in getting another 1.6S.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st August, 2002