Very good built and reliable
Usual maintenance: Tyres, brakes etc.
Distributor was changed, though it was not the main cause of the car not starting. It is a common fault of Honda to have trouble with main relays.
Paint started fading. Car was repainted before I got it, and obviously it was not super high quality. But it lasted quite a bit.
Needed new cambelt when I sold it. But that's just because of the mileage. Belt was in OK condition, but it is advised to change it to avoid problems.
Started to smoke after 200k.
This was a car that was literally trouble free motoring. Until the last few months (where the problem was the main relay), this has always started first time. No problems at all.
This car was being floored everyday for 3 years, but serviced properly and checked with regularity. So yes... abused but maintained.
I have put on Dunlop SP tyres, and really from that moment on, even with its 14" ROH wheels, it was a monster in the corners. Very well balanced and handled great.
The interior is of very good quality, and it is well put together. Nothing broke or got worn, seats are just as good as how I got them. Driver positioning is quite good, and all instruments and controls are in reach. Nothing too complex, and everything is quite basic in this base model. You've really got to thrash it up to end up having a messy interior.
The 1.6 though is nothing too impressive in terms of performance. It just gets the job done. Single overhead with automatic tranny doesn't really leave any expectations.
Consumption was not too bad. 7L per 100km was about as good as it got. But then again, it was an automatic.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th January, 2011