Well it's mainly due to maintenance.
The EGR on these models should be blanked. Of course no smoke = more power = less MPG.
Rev counter died off. Tried to fix it, but it was gone so I bought a cluster from a rear ended dead one. The rev counter is prone to problems when the car is left unused.
Changed both batteries since it had ones which were not matching. It is imperative you have 2 80 amp heavy duty, which are the same, or you risk burning out the digital compass and all the miniature bulbs in the switches, which happened to me and took me a lot of time to replace one by one.
Obviously the reversing switch died out, so I bought a brand new original one. I could not fix it in anyway, and it affects the MOT.
2 rear brake lights.
Now it's going for a full overhaul because the rear inner wheel arches are starting to rust. Beware of the rubber coating if it's a JDM import, because this cracks and water seeps in, and I just have a 3 inch rust hole, so I decided to make a full underneath overhaul.
Mirrors obviously jammed, so I bought a new pair since I could not fix them any more, and the same goes for the mirror switch inside, which was changed to a new original.
Important; keep the vehicle serviced twice a year, even if you don't use it. Use high quality oil and grease it once a year. They are tough, but when flooded all sorts of problems will come your way.
Last one; I changed alloys and brand new tires also. Total cost of everything 2500 €.
I just love them. Maybe I'm crazy, but they're the best offroaders. They do need a lot of maintenance, and if you're buying one, keep in mind if it has been maintained or not. If not, prepare for expenses.
Use original parts always, apart from the servicing stuff. Careful when buying second hand parts like mirrors and switches, because from one model to another, they might not be electrically compatible. Grease it once a year or you will have problems.
No matter what, avoid flooding.
One last thing, change the radiator water twice a year with something like Toyota red water. Don't go for cheap stuff or you will crack the head, which is ceramic and cannot be fixed. Trans oil every month; just have a look at the levels.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd May, 2013