Great spec, reliable and nippy
Rear outer lower control arm bush fell apart and needed to be changed badly.
T.P.S. (throttle position sensor) needed to be adjusted as it bogged down slightly when I floored it.
The rear wiper motor has stopped working.
It needed a good service, and drop links and ARB bushes needed to be changed, but that's all just expected wear and tear.
Aftermarket Powerflow catback exhaust broke just over the axle, so I had it repaired, but I will be changing it for a factory standard exhaust system, as I don't particularly like loud exhausts.
I absolutely love the look of these cars, and the driving position is good with great support from the factory Recaro interior, and I love the feel of the Momo steering wheel.
These cars are very well spec'd with A/C, electric windows, central locking, electric mirrors, digital climate control, Recaro seats and Momo steering as standard.
The handling is pretty good in standard form, but with some uprated shocks and lowering springs, and the addition of front and rear strut braces, it's a whole different ball game.
Brakes are decent, but I think I will invest in some better pads soon.
Performance wise they are pretty nippy, especially over 5200 RPM once Mivec engages, but even low down I find it very torquey, probably due to the Powerflow exhaust, as I can happily cruise along at 40km/h in 5th with no judder or jumping.
MPG is decent, but I was expecting a bit more to be honest. I can manage high 30s on long drives, and low 30s around town, with an average of about 35 with mixed driving.
My previous car was a Toyota Starlet Turbo with a few subtle mods like exhaust, air filter and intercooler, and the boost raised slightly, and performance wise the Mivec wouldn't come close, and I could manage the same MPG with the Starlet, but with lower road tax and the same insurance.
All in all, I like the car, especially the interior and exterior, but performance wise it's OK; I'd prefer my Starlet any day.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th January, 2014