Proceed with caution
Engine wouldn't start intermittently.
Using the drivers side power window would trip a fuse and completely immobilise the car.
Fast tyre wear.
Large supporting underbody brace not present.
This was my first car purchase, and very valuable lesson indeed!
This is a beautiful looking car; however it also does attract some negative attention, as I was pulled over by the police on my first day of driving! They just wanted to "check" my license.
The car was very difficult to start. Often I would have to spend over 10 minutes trying to start the car with different techniques. On the first day, I was stranded at my friends house for 30mins, and then again in the same week when going out for a family dinner. Not confidence inspiring!
Engine was replaced with another CA18DE imported from Japan. It ran better; however it still didn't start well cold and still wasn't very reliable.
Handling at first was very rough/stiff in comparison to previous cars. I soon discovered this gave the car great handling ability in corners and a pleasure to drive through the hills!
After 4 months driver side power window switch use caused a fuse to blow, which in turn somehow immobilised the vehicle. I discovered this after the second time it happened. I did not use the window again after this.
When it came to selling the car and getting a RWC, it apparently was missing a large brace only on the LHS of the underbody.
Next time I would certainly recommend a full mechanical inspection for a person purchasing an older import!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 5th November, 2008