When my head gasket went on my ZX TD I needed a cheap car to last a few months, and I knew someone who had this car for £200!
The above faults are obviously down to it's age and mileage, nothing to worry about really.
Car is looking really good for it's age and mileage. It's got a nasty scrape that's turned rusty over one of the rear arches, but I can't really complain about that.
It's a nice car to drive, I can see how it got good reviews for it's handling when it came out, as it feels really quite nice to drive through the bends. Easily as good as the ZX, but leans much less, so probably better infact, and the steering has a good feel to it. Ride is a bit 'jiggly' but I should expect that after the Citroen I suppose. Engine is quite quiet on the inside, but the usual rattly racket from outside! A good deal slower than the citroen was, but not too bad, and it's still got a good lump of torque for getting up hills etc, but you have to get the revs right, as it's very unresponsive below 2000rpm, so, as others have mentioned, it can be very sluggish if you need to get away quickly at a junction.
There's a noise coming from the back when turning right, I assumed it was the springs (had been told they needed replacing urgently) but the noise is still there so it can't have been that. Car is a bit less crashy at the back now the springs have been changed. (£50 for two, £50-ish for fitting)
Seats are comfy and supportive. (took a while to find a good driving position though), heater is very good after a few minutes. HUGE boot which i'll never get close to filling.
Getting around 40mpg (not worked it out exactly yet) for mainly 30-40mph driving and a bit of motorway work, not too bad I suppose, but again, I can't really complain.
Driver & passenger airbags, leccy windows, defunct central locking, manual sunroof...
Quite happy at the moment.
If it lasts three or four month it'll have paid for itself :)
Tempted to use my ZX again if/when I get it fixed up, but happy enough at the moment.