Bloody cheap to run
Slave cylinder leaks which the ford dealer refused to acknowledge. Brake shudder was really bad.
This car handled really well at 40000km, especially doing 120km/h around corners on the way to work. I took the car to a volvo garage for service and they replaced the brake pads at 60000km after which the brake shudder stopped. The volvo mechanic told me the leaking slave cylinder wasn't much trouble as you only need to top it up every few months, this proved to be correct and I've driven the car for 4 years like this without trouble. Although the engine is only a 1.5L with 65kw I found the performance is OK with 98 octane, infact it cruises great on it. I had the cam belt changed at 80000km as per scheduled service so have never had an engine failure, checked the plugs after 80000km travel on them and they were like new... must be the petrol I use. The battery lasted almost 7 years and 138000km so reliability is about as good as you can get. I used to own a volvo and was always in the garage, but with this car I haven't had a break down in 4 years of ownership. I added roil metal conditioner to the gear box oil and the gears have never given trouble... still on the original clutch too.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th February, 2006