Substance exemplified: a bare bones diesel rocket, inspires total confidence
Replaced old shock absorbers and various worn suspension bushes and rubbers etc. when purchased.
Fitted new water pump when purchased.
There is a minor leak in the automatic transmission, from a sensor plug, which unfortunately cannot be rectified without removing and dissembling the transmission to access the plug housing.
There is a sensor on the fan belt that disables the air conditioning when maximum power is required, and if belt slip is detected. The sensor malfunctioned, and required rectification.
This car is marvellous; at its best on the highway.
A beautiful drive. After 22 years and 275,000 kilometres, and a few dings and scrapes, there is not a single rattle.
It might be old technology to go without a turbo, but the 2.5 makes an excellent argument: at around 7 litres/100kms, clockwork reliability, and plenty of torque.
Not much glamour; all substance.
I strongly recommend picking one up!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th May, 2007