Loads of power for a hatchback
The outer CV joints were basically destroyed when I got the car: Replaced with second hand drive shafts soon after.
That is the only major problem I had when I bought it, but it has developed a rough idle. I replaced plugs, points, leads etc. but diagnosed it as a lean car bi mixture, and the high idle speed compensates to keep the engine going. Soon after I had the car bi tuned by a mechanic, which fixed the problem and gave it loads more power.
Soon after I found that fifth gear was identical to fourth. After reading the Colt Operators Manual, I found that the problem is caused by an electric operated vacuum circuit that engages an overdrive when moved from fourth to fifth, and this is not working for some reason. I have not yet fixed this problem.
Apart from my couple of problems with this car, it handles extremely well for a small car.
It is surprising how comfortable the seats are, and how good the interior is for a Colt, which generally have a bad name for being a 'lemon'.
In my opinion, it is way better than the Laser and 323 (which are the same) in terms of power, stability and comfort. The only issue with this car is it's reliability. Although it starts basically every time, there always seems to be something going wrong like electrical problems or car by problems.
But it's got loads of power for a 1.6 liter engine, which makes it ride a lot better than it looks. Because of my 5'th gear problem I an unable to maintain a high-speed for a long distance. I can get the car to 100km/h at 4,500rpm in fourth. It red lines at 6,500rpm. This is a rare model made in year 1990 just before the mirage was manufactured. The engine in this car is rated 61kW at 5,750 RPM.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th December, 2003