Mini drivers will not be disappointed. (why do you think they are always smiling?)
Suspension Hydrolastic displacers needed replacing.
Flywheel cracked and needed a new clutch.
Head gasket has blown twice.
Exhaust needed replacing.
Minor rust spots.
This car is serious fun, it's a street legal go-kart that loves being thrown into corners. It can put many modern cars to shame, even a lot of sports cars have trouble keeping up through the twisties. Bucket seats are a must to stop you being thrown off your seat.
The engine is very torquey for a small motor and can pull away nicely with a few revs, surprising many people around. But throw in some passengers and you will notice a difference.
Inside is surprisingly roomy in the front and very comfortable even on long drives, but a little cramped in the back, the boot also has a decent amount of room, but nothing special. The heater can easily warm the car in minutes and cooling is easy as there is plenty of ventilation with the windows down.
There can be a few rattles, but as long as they are taken care of as they arise you can keep your car sounding sweet, engine is a bit noisy, but soundproofing material does wonders, should also make sure exhaust is in good order as this can make a lot of noise. The straight cut gears whine in a way only minis do and just add to the character of the car.
Repairs are cheap and easy to perform, make sure you keep them in good order though, with a car this old keeping on top of maintenance is key.
This is an awesome car and a tribute to classic motoring, a real head turner and can also attract attention, even from other rare and expensive cars. It deserves all the attention it gets though.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 5th July, 2007