A comfortable, nippy car, but still good for family
CV Joint knackered when I bought it - reconditioned for about NZ$150 I think.
Rear brake caliper seized at 145,000 km - hand brake was locking on and normal braking was pulsing - failed WOF and cost about NZ$400 to replace.
Head gasket leaking oil at 150,000 - replaced by friend for about NZ$250.
Auto transmission went at 154,000 (yesterday) - cost NZ$2150 to replace.
Rocker cover gasket leaking a bit now - need to replace (though they are about NZ$65 each!!). Hopefully will pass WOF today!
Nicest car I have owned, despite the expenses so far.
Pretty quick too, though I would like the manual gearbox for the added control sometimes.
Wouldn't dream of owning in UK due to insurance prices, but since moving to NZ, insurance is about $300 fully comp.
Very comfortable, drives well. Take away the problems and I'll be happy!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th June, 2003