Quite possibly the best mundane-looking under-powered Japanese saloon ever.
Battery replaced at 156000 miles. Heater dial became loose and fell off at 100000 miles. Other than that, a perfectly reliable car, only ever needing the odd 'wear and tear' parts replaced.
This car is a revelation when compared to similarly sized cars of the era (Vauxhall Cavalier, Ford Sierra, et al). The cabin is almost up to BMW standards, with soft-touch dashboard, but the odd flimsy piece of trim (in particular, the centre console) lets it down. Handling wise it's all very good, with a bit of race car in the all-round double-wishbone suspension, despite the very light and uncommunicative, if direct steering. Unfortunately, body control is affected a little by undulations in the road (very common in the North of Scotland). But the car, dare I say it, is far more fun than its staid bodywork suggests. The SOHC engine becomes very raspy at high revs (which is good, of course), though you won't be forgiven for mistaking the engine note for an NSX's.. The bodywork is looking very tatty now, thanks in part to my pack-ice-handbrake-turn-antics (I smashed the rear wing in to a tree), but the car, as suggested in other commentary is tank-like in its build and survived bruised, but intact. As a winter car it does quite well, but with normal tyres at the rear, and winter tyres at the front, and without any provocation you can get it to drift sideways. Which is a hoot.. Alas.. the road salt is eating away at its far-from-svelte lines, I hope, once it's un-roadworthy, that that over-engineered SOHC lump just might live on in a stock car..
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st June, 2002