A very reliable vehicle
Replaced the timing belt right after I bought it.
Starter problems, vehicle sometimes won't start. Mechanic says I only need to change the battery. I changed the battery, and after a month or two this happened.
I was running 100-120km/h on a national highway along Bataan, then I suddenly felt a significant loss of power, then the engine died. I tried to start the engine again, but it wouldn't start. I managed to place the vehicle on the road side and checked the engine; I found out that the solenoid switch on the starter got burned.
I ended up replacing the whole starter, and everything has went fine since then.
The cylinder head got some leaks. I just replaced the cylinder head gasket and some oil seals.
I also got a problem on the crank shaft bolt. The pulleys just got loose. When I checked, I found out that the bolt got a loose thread. I re-threaded and over-sized the bolt.
The steering veers off to the right when running. I just realigned the wheels, and adjusted the camber.
Air-conditioning sucks. But managed to fix it by general cleaning, replacing the expansion valves, filter-drier, charged the freon. It wasn't as cool as brand new, but quite acceptable and better than when I acquired the vehicle. Mechanic recommends replacing the compressor.
A very reliable vehicle.
Fuel economy is impressive.
Runs quite fast. It has good acceleration and good climbing ability, even if it is fully loaded, considering it has an under-powered diesel engine. Better than its competitors in its class.
Handling and cabin comfort is generally nice. A little bouncy when you're alone, but it's better when you've got passengers with you. Better than the others in its class.
Driving visibility is quite good due to a higher seating position and shorter front nose.
Looks better than its competitors during its era.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st February, 2013