Good reliable motoring, high quality construction
ABS reservoir leaks brake fluid.
Motor mounts were worn.
Seat power height adjustment motor brushes were burned.
Passenger power window was weak.
CV joint boot is split and spraying grease.
ABS pump runs when you take off (reach about 10km/h) a bit strange, you get used to it.
Aircon works well and is quite cold.
Handling is fairly good for a front-wheel-drive, but not sure if it's helped much by the ROH Reflex mags on it...
2.2 injected motor is quite peppy on a car this small and light, and it's excellent combined with the 5 speed manual... however the soft engine mounts, and lack of low-end torque means you have to work the gears... gently.
Love the look of the car, and paintwork is really quite good... The car was assembled in Nelson, New Zealand, and they appear to have done an excellent job, the fit and finish is good.
The leather seats are comfortable, but they certainly to catch the sun, the interior is an oven if you leave the windows shut.
Gobs of torque steer if you give the car a bit of accelerator.
The fuel pickup line seems a bit short, as the car won't start if you have less than a quarter tank of petrol and you leave it on a slight sideways angle...
Car runs well, but I suspect the thermostat is stuck-open, since it takes a long time to warm up and only gets around 20mpg... which isn't bad on an island of short trips and hills...
I fixed the power seat height adjustment quite easily by taking apart the seat with normal tools; so much easier to service than quite a few other brands of car.
No cup-holders on this NZ-new model, might have to order some from e-bay in the USA.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th February, 2011