If you can find one, buy it, hang on, and sleep well!
As the car is a 1992 model (getting on a bit) and I bought it from the North (lot of rain) the underneath of the car was quite rusty. Subsequently, I've had to change the exhaust (OUCH!) as one section was only available from a dealer for £260!!!
My girlfriend was filling up one day and noticed petrol coming onto her feet! The filler pipe going to the tank had corroded through.
Other than 2 oil changes in 2 years or so, the car is one of the most reliable I've ever owned.
Parts though are frankly stupidly priced from the main dealer, considering the age of the car, and because they are a rare car, second hand bits are hard to source.
In my opinion, this is one of the most handsome of all the nineties superminis, with lovely smooth lines and rounded rear end. With 138 bhp as standard in such a light car, do you think this car is quick, YOU BET! I beat a Merc CLK Kompressor from the lights not so long ago, he was very very surprised.
The interior is a little plasticky and the seats could do with more support, but that's about it. If you like a sporting drive, go for lowering springs and uprated shocks, makes a world of difference.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th April, 2009