I wish they still made this car!
Head gasket blew about 1yr after I got the car. Seems to be OK after I fitted a genuine Ford gasket (don't fit a motor factors one)
Rear outer mounts rusted through on front seats (in 04).
Rear Shocks replaced.
Crank sensor died.
Even though I have a cat model it had very good fuel economy,about 34MPG with urban & 'A' road driving.
Performance was very good too with plenty of low speed torque allowing it to pull 5th gear from as low as 45mph! (1300 RPM).Runs out of power over 5500 RPM, but otherwise is quick.
Very well equipped car even by modern standards. It has air con, PAS, ABS, all e/win, front & rear heated screens, e/sunroof.All round disc brakes.
Love the rear wheel drive, far better grip in the wet & dry than FWD, though not in snow!
Only reason it's going is because it has been rear ended & is a write off : (
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th September, 2004