Best ever for price and fun
Have owned for 10 years. It is a 5 speed manual.. no power steering!
2008; Catalytic converter replaced only because of a tinkling noise from it. This was a piece of muffler baffle caught inside. It was not corroded at all.
2008; Muffler entry pipe corroded, although muffler still 100% intact and quietened to normal level after "bandaging" the pipe.
2008; 1 spark plug lead broke down and was replaced.
That is all the problems in 10 years of use.
I am quite hard on this car, using all of its 75kW and lack of weight to embarrass people in sporty cars at traffic light drags and fast cornering.
The lack of power steering is an asset, not a loss. The feel of the car when cornering makes up for the heavy steering in parking lots. The gear ratios are absolutely perfectly matched to the engine characteristics. My next car will be the 1.6 3door accent.. shame it has power steering!! This can fly round corners too. I've raced em.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th October, 2010