A wonderful car to buy with your eyes wide open
Nothing major; I bought the car instead of a classic car, and as such expected some niggles. I keep a notebook in the car to keep track of the niggles, the only things which aren't reasonable wear and tear for the mileage are;
Clutch hose weeping, meaning I need to pump the clutch occasionally (a pain in traffic)
Rear suspension bushes worn, giving clunks over bumps, and a loose back end.
I bought the car primarily for it's performance, and I love it. It's got a great spread of torque, and makes a unique noise.
The transmission feels very positive, and the brakes are the best I've personally used, both in terms of feel and power.
The handling is great, although it's very easy to get the back to break away, especially in the wet.
The steering is quite quick and very accurate, but could maybe use a little more self centring (although the adjustable castor means this can be dialled in by someone who knows what they are doing!)
The boot is surprisingly roomy for a car of this type, and small people can fit in the rear seats for short journeys, providing those in the front are less than 6' tall. However, the interior is short of oddments space.
The seats are a little short in the back for genuine long distance comfort, however the driving position is reasonable, with good visability.
The dealers in the UK don't know how to work on this car, so a specialist is a must (and cheaper!) Also, some UK dealers won't supply parts for imports.
Some of the parts of the car are eminently DIYable. However, the engine is different to a piston engine and hence must be maintained slightly differently, and the twin turbo setup can be fearsomely hard to trouble shoot.
Fuel consumption is high, especially around town.
Overall, this car is a beautiful package, but does not tolerate neglect or abuse. They feel special to own, but must be bought and maintained with care, especially now that more are being imported from Japan at low prices.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd December, 2005