Tough, reliable and economical with a good power output
Blower motor rheostat failed after about 9 years.
Driver's side door lock needed replacing after 9 years.
Slight oil leak developed after about 150000Kms.
Window mechanism (electric) was very slow in cold weather. Partially remedied through the use of silicon oil on the glass.
Rear anti-roll bar bushes perished leading to rattle. I mistook this for failed dampers.
Air con needed re-gassing after 10 years, then failed completely at 13 years.
The roof mounted aerial is a single piece construction and difficult to replace.
An extremely reliable and very tough vehicle.
The twin cam VVTi engine is smooth and revs sweetly. Acceleration seems best between 3500 and 5000 rev/min.
The car's handling is very good in the dry, but very poor in the wet, with not a great deal of feel through the power steering.
Very economical if driven carefully (always over 40mpg, with 50mpg at a steady 80Km/hr).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th March, 2007