Solid, reliable,safe and comfortable
Within the first week of buying the car the immobiliser caused the car to lose all electrical power during brief stops after a 2 to 3 hour continuous drive. Took a while for the dealer to locate, but was traced to the 'spider' loom.
Within the first week the wiper motor failed and would only operate when manually selected (1 wipe only). This was fixed within a hour once given to the dealer.
Corrosion inside the rear door, where the frame meets the rear wing. This is due to the poor application of seam sealant. Can be rectified satisfactorily with a little patience.
Considering the all up weight of the vehicle, the 2.5 turbo diesel pull well, delivering good fuel economy if driven lightly (30mpg+).
Sometimes I wish that it was quieter within the cabin whilst on the highway, but that's a minor point.
Internally it is very roomy and it's easy to keep clean.
For the home mechanic the vehicle is easy to maintain, with most components very easy to access, and the cost of parts is generally cheap.
Great tow vehicle, I regularly pull 3000kg, and fuel consumption drops to the mid to low 20's which is quite acceptable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th July, 2002