This car is excellent first car to drive, it has its mechanical problems with age, this is normal
Head gasket failed at 159000km.
Exhaust gasket failed at 160000km.
Rubber tubing in engine perished at 157000km.
The battery light in always on when I have the headlights switched on, the battery is new and the alternator has been tested and is working correctly. The battery light is very dim while idling, and then becomes very bright when accelerating. 166000km.
The right shoulder of the drivers seat has worn excessively. (since vehicle purchase)
The car in general is a pleasure to drive, it has a good throttle response.
The steering wheel feedback is excellent, you know exactly what the front wheels are doing.
The gear box is tuned in a very sporty layout, which makes changing gears exciting.
There is much to be desired in the suspension as it leaves you with little confidence around corners at speed, however this might be due to poor shocks. Although I have heard similar complaints in other reviews.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th August, 2008