When I was driving the car above 25mph, I could hear a humming sound coming from the off side rear; thought it was gonna be expensive!! Possible wheel bearing etc. Decided after a week of driving to check the tyre PSI, which was showing 16 bar. (should be around 32psi)
On sorting all 4 corners with air (costing 20p) the car stopped making the noise and felt more composed, and overall more enjoyable to drive. Amazing!
After searching and getting desperate to buy anything reliable, I stumbled across this baby. I paid £1060, knocking the guy down from £1250. Full service history, tax and test, electrics and A/C... bonus!!!
Very impressed with the condition both inside and out, but have to put up with the colour (red).
Very airy cabin and a massive boot in contrast to my previous car (Astra 1996).
Super smooth engine on start up/drive. No nasty noises; it's chain driven as opposed to cambelt, so no worries their.
Fuel economy wise?? It's good 75 miles (motorway/city) with £10 unleaded (at a frightening 1.10 per litre and going up as per usual!)
Originally looking for a diesel, but I'm so glad I didn't buy any of the dogs I viewed.
For the money I couldn't have done better. It may look like a taxi, but I suppose that's a testament to the success of such cars.
If you're gonna get one, you won't regret it.
The car does everything you would expect from a Japanese hatch!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th April, 2008