Top motor if you like a bit of rough, character, versatile motoring and you're not in a race
Water pump broke in the first week of ownership. This isn't unusual in a car that was not used for several months. Anyway, it's very easy to change and quite cheap (£50).
Ignition barrel corroded due to poorly fitted immobilizer that was fittd by previous owner. Cheap to fix again, but a pain to work out what the problem was.
Performance from a 110 Tdi will never set you alight, but it will sit at 65mph all day and give you 30mpg or more. However, if you drive at 75 / 80 mph expect the fuel economy to drop to 25 mpg. Getting to 65 mph is leisurely, but you won't have a que behind you, it's not that slow! Off road it will put a massive grin on your face, it way out performs my Nissan X-trail which seems to have turned into our second car since the landy has been bought.
A body constructed of aluminum and some bits of steel here and there isn't going to look great very long. But then again, if you like your car to look immaculate all the time, you may wish to buy something else. Very easy to work on if your that way inclined.
Comfort is better than you would expect. It is way more comfortable than my Mazda MX5, and I would say its just as comfortable as a Ford Mondeo I once owned. The very rear bench seats (12 seater) would be OK for most journeys, but probably not very good for really long tours. Then again, I'm in the driving seat so what do I care about the rear benches? The only negative for comfort would be the noise level, but if you fit some sound deadening it isn't so bad. Not as bad as a van for example.
Servicing is without doubt the easiest and cheapest of any car I have owned. I have owned over 20 cars. Its honestly even cheaper than my mini (old type, not BMW). If you keep on top of the servicing and take care of the car it will last for years. This isn't the type of car you could just use / abuse and ignore for years (like a Volvo for example) it needs caring for. So if you like to twiddle with your motors it may be the vehicle for you.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th March, 2005