Superb value for money, and great reliability
Starter motor brushes needed replacing at 232,000 kms.
Thermostat needed replacing at 241,000 kms.
The rear window demister has two heater lines that take a bit longer than the others to demist.
Bought this car against strong advice from my friends, only to see two of my friends purchase the 1997 and 1999 model. Not as nippy as my previous 1991 model.
These cars grow on you, and once you get used to them, parting company can prove very difficult.
Around Auckland city, I get on average 560kms out of 65 litres, so economy is not too bad for a 3.5L 1996 car that weighs nearly 1800 kg!
The ride is superb, but you must get good matching tyres. The real value of these cars is on the country roads.
Contrary to my friends various reservations about transmission reliability, I have had absolutely no problems. The auto transmission and diff oils must be changed every 40k. The engine is very smooth.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 29th March, 2012