Stupidly cheap, bulletproof sports-car eater
Car came with lousy brakes/disks. Total of £600 for all new pads and disks plus 2 rear calipers.
Odometer works when it feels like it so mileage is probably nearer to 150,000+
One connector in engine caused intermittent engine cut outs on left hand bends. Traced faulty connector and spent 70pence on a cable tie - cured problem.
One catalytic converter failed, they come in pairs and there are four on mine. Local exhaust place said Ford wanted £980 for one pair!!!. They searched locally and found a hand made unit with the two in for £500 so a bit better in price, but not much...
Rear wheel arches rusting slightly.
Air-con failed last year - not bothered to fixed it as I really like to hear that engine purr or growl.
An awesome performer:-
0-60mph in 7.1 seconds.!
0-130 in 24 seconds.!
I've had 165mph out of mine and it still had a spare 1400 rpm on the clock!!!
Oh and by the way - the antilock braking system is stunningly powerful. Stand on the anchor pedal at 145mph and your heart will stop beating for a second or two whilst your face will feel like its falling off - but stop you surely will!!
With these kinds of speeds so easy to achieve you must make sure the brakes and tyres are in REALLY GOOD CONDITION.
I get 22-24 mpg around town and on motorway cruise (even fully loaded & @ 85mph) i get 29-31mpg so economy is great for such a big bruiser of a car.
Oh yeah I recently bought a sectional 8ft x 6ft shed, folded the back seats down, laid it all in the back and went home at a steady 125mph up the A1. NO problem.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th June, 2005