Nice looking car, but with high running costs for what it is
Fuel tank leaks when over 2/3 full.
Welding needed to front suspension link arm.
Starter motor failed at 110,000 miles.
Indicator switch has to be handled carefully to avoid applying full beam.
Not a bad looking car for the purchase price (£450 in 2004 with a long MOT).
A few minor faults, but they're excusable as this car has been pretty well used and abused by me for the last 2 years / 18000 miles as a backup vehicle to my motorbikes.
Downsides are running costs. Insurance companies seem to view this car as a performance model (it's not!) and charge accordingly. I couldn't add my girlfriend to my policy as she'd not had her licence for over a year.
It is also quite thirsty though the leaky petrol tank wouldn't have helped that!
I'd probably keep this car and sort out it's faults if not for the above insurance problem and the fact that a hatch back is far more practical.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st February, 2006