XR2i performance without the insurance
Braking system (that's everything from the pads to the handbrake cable) needed replacing after owning the car for 4 months.
Front and rear suspension dampers needed replacing to pass the MOT in June.
Exhaust is pants. Cannot wait till my insurance company allows me to get a Stainless Steel one without charging me the earth.
Slight oil leak but cannot determine where from.
Because of the limits to the wheel arch I could only have 195/45/15 tyres on my new 15 inch alloys, these tyres are incredibly expensive (nearly 3 times as much as 195/50/15) and also make the ride very hard.
Also a stupid parcel shelf that you cannot fit speakers onto.
On the upside the car is a little pocket rocket. It is not noted as a Boy-Racer car, and the insurance reflects this. It can hold its own with similar engined XR2i's but you don't need a morgage to pay the premiums.
It is cheaper to buy than a Saxo VTR, (which has same BHP and insurance etc) but you look more individual in the Si. The VTR has become as common as a road cone.
The seats are immense. The only thing I want to do to them is re-trim them in leather.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st September, 2000