Car broke down at traffic lights about 3 months ago. The engine just died and engine wouldn't turn over, turned out to be the distributor. Pretty amazing that only one break down has happened in the whole time I've owned it.
The rear window defrost button's light has died.
Gearbox sometimes has trouble getting reverse - may take a couple of attempts before engaging.
I had a lot of trouble parting with my last Alfa, it was so much fun to drive and make such a wonderful sound. But by the time I had finished with it, first gear was gone, second was going, and there was a lot of rust that needed fixing and would have cost thousands to get to the standard it needed to pass its WOF. So off I went to the local Honda dealer where a fresh from Japan Honda Civic was gleaming at the front of the yard. And basically it was between this Civic and a similarly specced automatic, but I insisted on the manual and haven't looked back since.
I was looking for was something that would be reliable and economical, ultimately this car has surpassed my expectations and it's amazing reliability and fuel economy make up for its deficit in character. I can easily get 500ks out 33 litres (15km per litre) of fuel with mixed driving, without even trying to drive economically. And the fact the only time I've had to take it to the garage until my break down was for scheduled servicing is just a testament to its astounding reliability.
Performance isn't that lively until you get fairly high into the rev range, but for everyday driving it's usually fine. The ride is probably my least favourite part of the car. It's O.K, but you can feel virtually every bump in the road which can get annoying.
I don't know if it's the carbed or fuel injected engine (all it says on the engine block is 16 valve), and since it doesn't say anything on the back apart from 'Ferio' I don't know which specification it is.
The only 'modern' car amenity this baby has is air conditioning. It lacks electric windows, mirrors and cup holders, but its simplicity means that there's nothing to really go wrong.
Comfort is acceptable for up to an hour, but the lack of a foot rest, and the firmness and lack of support from the seats can make your butt a wee bit sore.
I'm more than happy with this car, and will probably continue to drive it til it dies or is uneconomical to repair. Which means probably in about 50 years ;)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st September, 2008