A pleasure to drive
The dashboard is cracked.
The clutch thrust bearing is noisy.
The rubber coupling on the rear differential allows annoying amounts of torque reaction to affect the smoothness of gear-changes.
The rocker cover gaskets leak.
The sump gasket leaks.
The cruise control vacuum feed to the actuator capsule split.
The vehicle is in very good mechanical condition, given its age.
Fuel consumption is in line with expectations of a V8 pulling 2000kg's of metal around.
The vehicle is about as aerodynamic as a house brick, and can be affected by side wind.
The interior of the vehicle is supremely quiet, especially on the highway.
All of the problems with the vehicle are minor, and although some of them are time consuming to fix, the parts are relatively cheap and easy to obtain.
The vehicle is not exactly quick, however it has satisfactory performance, considering the sheer weight the engine has to pull.
The comfort levels are a class leader.
The suspension is well sorted and offers substantial benefits over the independent front axles of its competitors.
The 2 door wagon style is aesthetically pleasing, pity they are discontinued.
The dealer service is both expensive, time consuming and of a generally poor standard.
There are a number of private firms, which offer superior service.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd July, 2004