Reliable, cost-effective, adaptable and easy to drive
When new, problems with brake shudder under load. Had new disks fitted which reduced the problem slightly. It's fine now.
A new water pump was fitted by the garage when the drive belts were replaced at 100,000km, but I wasn't aware of a problem.
New battery after four years, but that's normal, especially in a cold climate.
This car has never let me down. It has been up and down just about every mountain in Switzerland and back to the UK many times.
It's not a performance car, but the 2.0 engine is adequate and economical.
The gearbox is a little crunchy sometimes, but it's original, as are the clutch and the exhaust system!
The seating arrangement has allowed various combinations of passengers and loads to be carried, without the headache of having to remove the rear seats. The fold-down rear seats are so easy to use when carrying extra passengers.
The central locking could have included a remote control, but that's a wish not a fault.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th February, 2004