Electric windows switch on the passenger side fell apart, but the window could still be opened from the switch on the driver's side (common problem).
Rear suspension arm bush was squeaking quite badly, but didn't affect how the car drove one bit; it was just a bit annoying!
The alternator pulley bolt came loose and fell off, which in turn made the pulley fall off, which meant the alternator was inoperable. A 2nd hand replacement was cheap and easily replaced.
This car is seriously underrated, and IMO is as good if not better than any of the VAG diesels!
With only 100 BHP it is well able to move once on boost, although waiting for the turbo to kick in is a bit of a pain. There is pretty much nothing happening under 2000 RPM, then BOOM full power.
MPG is unbelievable, with an average of 50 MPG. Around town I could manage 40 MPG, and on a long drive at 60mph I could manage over 60 MPG.
It handles OK for a big bus, and the suspension is nice and comfortable, but with the addition of front and rear strut braces, the car was well able to take bends at a high rate of speed.
The interior is very spacious, and the seats are very comfortable and grip you well while going fast into bends. The boot space is unbelievable; I was able to fit a complete set of 15" wheels with tyres and another set of 15" wheels without tyres, and still had some space left over.
I would happily buy another Carisma, but I would opt for more luxuries next time like leather seats and cruise control.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd January, 2014