A good cheap car, but watch for the rust
The bonnet release cable snapped.
The sills started to rust within one month of the car reaching 10 years of age.
The head gasket failed at 110000 miles.
The rear silencer box required replacement twice last year.
Considering the age of the car, and the mileage, the car has performed well.
I find that with the automatic choke, the cold starts put less pressure on the battery than manual choke cars.
The comfort level is fine and the interior spec for the LX model is OK. It's easy to see why the LX was popular as a fleet car. I have found however, that the boot gathers a lot of condensation during wet weather.
Parts are plentiful and cheap. It only cost me £120 sterling to put the car through the MOT.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th January, 2002