Rear wheel bearing.
2nd gear hard to engage and baulky, especially when cold.
Blocked drainage channels.
It is a very delicate car to drive, mine does not have power steering or ABS, and the deftness of touch with minor steering movements is quite amazing. The gearbox isn't as good as the K11 Micra, which is awesome, but it is nice and quite a positive shift.
The engine puts out 115 bhp, not much; the car is light, but still not very fast. It really needs revving very hard to get it moving, so I see why the 1.8i is the preferred choice. This JDM version has a questionable final drive, and motorway trips are often at a screaming 5000+ rpm. For enjoyable motoring it's often nice to cruise at 60mph. The stereo loses all bass when driving due to noise.
Hood is very easy to use and relatively water tight; some water gets in, but not enough to cause any problems.
The worst thing is the fuel economy, best is 30mpg and hard driving gives 25mpg. This is a 1.6i NA engine and uses more fuel than my 2.0 Saab 9-3 turbo engine ever did.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th March, 2010