Avoid unless you're a mechanic or have money to spare
Bushes needed replacing at about 80,000 kms.
Clutch needed replacing at about 83,000 kms.
Steering rack needed replacing at about 87,000 kms.
Suspension repaired + 2 new tyres at about 90,000 kms.
Stereo needs replacing at about 90,000 kms.
This is a comfortable car to drive, and economical petrol wise, BUT repairs are very expensive.
I've had this car for around 5 years and it was fine for the first 3 years, but in the last 2 years, in addition to the 6 monthly service and WOF, I've had to have the bushes ($NZ400), clutch ($NZ1,000) and steering rack ($NZ1,000) replaced.
Just had the suspension repaired + 2 new tyres ($NZ700), and now, 2 weeks after that, the stereo needs to be replaced (estimated $NZ400) and the car is only 7 years old.
I've never had this happen in any other car I've owned (and this is the latest year manufactured I've owned). Other than tyres, brakes pads and normal service, my 1984 Honda City needed few repairs until it failed a WOF because of rust and would have been too expensive to fix (I had it for 8 years or so), and it was the same for my last car, a 1989 Mazda Familia (aka as Mazda 323) until the automatic transmission went and again would have been too expensive to fix (I had that car for about 6 years or so).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 21st September, 2009