Truly fun and fast little beast!!! (cheap to run too)..
-Engine broke after driving on some rocks. This really wasn't the cars fault.
-Had a few problems with the electronics.
-Some minor rust.
This was my first car after getting my drivers licence. I think that the car was far better and faster than I expected in the first place. It's quite rare and doesn't look that aggressive, which makes it a little beast. It was faster than BMW 325i (E36) or Audi A4 2.8 quattro from standing start, I don't know about the "opponents" transmission though (auto or manual). Even I was surprised from the performance. The handling was good when compared to the age and type of the car (It wasn't a sportscar, but still better than my newer Nissan Almera or Volvo 850 Turbo).
I had some problems with the electrics. Windows and lights didn't always work properly. Within last year I owned the car some minor rust appeared on the rear arches and trunk lid. The car was also painted quite badly by previous owner (some paint dropped off).
Mechanically the car was really good. I drove it quite hard and never had any problems before a rock hit the engine (I sold the car after the accident, and I miss it).
Driving the car wasn't that expensive either. No matter how hard I drove it, the fuel consumption was about 8-9 litres/100 km. (approx. 30 mpg?) Original spares are twice the price of the normal Sunny (depends of the specific part of course).
If you find a good (or a little bit better than mine) expample of this truly fun car, I would recommend it if you are looking for a sporty little hot hatch. Cheap to buy, relatively cheap to maintain and drive. A wolf in sheeps clothes. (GTI-R would be a nice experience)...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th September, 2008