Perfect off-road vehicle!
1) Smelled of fuel since brand new.
2) Idle engine speed erratic.
3) Water pump failure.
4) Screen washing fluid canister leakage (serial problem).
5) Heater switch-valve failure.
6) Short lasting catalytic converter (12000 km max).
7) Headlights replaced after 4 years.
In 2005 I converted the engine to LPG (liquid petroleum gas). At first it didn't like it, but after I changed the catalytic converter, the spark plugs and electrical power distribution box, everything was back to normal. I had a computer-controlled direct injection LPG system, so I didn't lose much power and the consumption didn't go up much (less than 10%).
Unless you really take care of the car, it may start to rust quickly. I recommend washing it thoroughly after each and every off-roading in mud or snow, protective-paint the black strips at the footsteps under the doors and the undercarriage. Another good idea is to put protective plastic insertions under the fenders.
All in all, I'd say it is a maintenance intensive vehicle compared to most high end SUVs of today. However, you don't have to work on every day, and what you do have to fix every now and then is a very small price to pay if you are into major off-roading. This car is one of the best off-road vehicles ever built. And it loves cold weather (amazing heating!) and snow! That is its natural habitat.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th May, 2008