Gutsy little car, with a gutsy little engine!
Rust, of course, the car is 18!!!
The ball joints went, and the shockers, too, but after 5 years of horrible dirt roads, you have to expect that!
The head lights, tail lights and indicators all needed replacing, as they were either broken from a run in with a fence post, or just old and illegally bad.
Front left panel, and front stone catcher and front panel all need replacing, as did the bonnet as the original no longer sat properly due to the run in with the sheep, kangaroo and flying tyre off another car.
AUD$600 of mechanic bills for the mechanical overhaul before registration, (which was most likely a rip off)
A new gear box, oh and the engines newly replaced.
Drivers seat is loose and squeaks.
New stereo and speakers, car seat covers, new boot mat.
Boot leaks, window seals are dying, windscreen seals are shot although some sealant will fix that.
The Sigma is a good older car, good for learning to drive in.
She accelerates much quicker than you'd expect, and can beat any older lighter front wheel drive off the mark, and most of the distance.
She tops out at about 140-150kms/hr and does this comfortably at 3000rpm.
She has guts, and much determination, the new ball joints allow for good handling, despite the lack of power steering.
And despite her weight, and her age, does the occasional drift around roundabouts quite happily.
Shes great on premium fuel, as she doesn't guzzle the fuel as rapidly, and also runs better.
The old Astron II is a tough old engine and won't be killed easily.
I love this car, and the day that I have to get rid of it will be sad, because of all the character it has. And of all the times its weight has saved me from crashing into the actual roundabout!!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 22nd November, 2005