A high quality, high performance work-horse
Original battery failed after 8 years (!) of service.
Sun roof can stick occasionally when opened back (as opposed to tilt). This tends to be on hot days and I haven't bothered to fix it since the tilt works just fine.
Minor oil leak from gasket, which was rectified cheaply (£40 parts/labour).
Water leak from the cooling system, although this is just happening (Oct 2001) so I'm unsure as to the cause/cost to rectify.
In performance terms this car is excellent. It will comfortably cruise at 90mph down the motorway and pushes upto 100mph without any grumbles. It can easily keep pace with modern cars. It will equally potter at 65mph with the same road holding and balance in both cases. Fuel economy is MUCH better at 65mph though...
The body work and engine, etc., are in excellent condition. Prior to myself the car had one lady owner (hmm...), but I have kept it on a busy street for 3 years and have no corrosion/rust at all. As one other reviewer said "it's a tank". My local mechanic rates the engine and other technical bits as A1 and reckons I will easily get 200,000 out of it.
Dealer servicing is an extortionate rip-off. I had one service from a main dealer in Manchester and it cost me twice as much as a private specialist. They clearly only did the main items and, like most garages, ignored the "smaller" items that, cumulatively, can cause problems. Very poor.
In general, the car lacks some of the refinements that you get on other models or, nowadays, as standard on most cars, e.g. air conditioning. Overall, this is a quality car and will run and run with regular servicing. If you are an advocate of "banger-nomics" then this is a great car to go for. Current value: £3,000. Annual maintenance costs: £500.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th October, 2001