Designed to last, be reliable and a damn good workhorse, as well as excellent on long trips
Well basically I'd just like to point out, I bought the car for £100 and it was my first car, it was kept in the drive for a while until I got my full licence.
Anyway, things that went wrong... absolutely nothing apart from the alternator several thousand miles down the line.. had that re-furbished which worked fine.
I must admit the tyres wore a bit quicker than expected, but being 155-60 size, they were only £30 for a pair from my local scrapyard... parts & labour. basically that's about it really, she has really been a soldier throughout the time.
Oh I just loved this car, it was an amazing machine. I kept the weekly checks in order, as I do, and she never needed anything apart from of course the windscreen washer reservoir.
Everytime... start.. go... come home.. engine off. Sometimes there was the odd funny moment where I'd turn the engine off after a long trip, and it would turn off.. turn on.. then idle for about 2 seconds and turn off again. But that's just down to the carburettor, so nothing major to worry about.
Overall, comfortable, very quick round town for the age and engine size, but that's the Japanese 12V engines for you.. small but a hell of a lot of torque.
Interior parts, trims etc. well I would say very well built. Compared to most other cars, it feels very solid inside, seats are good and comfortable, every control is in easy reach for the driver.
Long trips are just as good. I've driven mine several times from Bournemouth to Thorpe Park, West London, and well it drove just perfect.
Engine can get a bit loud at higher revs, however that 12V does give incredibly good sound. It does get a bit out-of-steam at higher speeds, but this wasn't built to be a high-speed cruiser, however it does do its job very well all round.
Mechanically, it feels really solid for its size. Basically, I would highly recommend this car, it is designed to simply last, as with all Japanese cars.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th December, 2008