Cheap and fairly cheerful
The first thing to go was the reversing light switch -- just a minor annoyance.
The gearbox never was very smooth, even from new. It reminds me of Jimmy Saville, i.e. 'clunk click every trip.'
Its nose-heavy weight distribution has contributed to heavy tyre wear at the front.
The front brake discs needed replacing after about 100,000 miles.
I have had this car for almost 10 years from new.
It is cheap as chips, very reliable, and has never left me stranded anywhere.
However, it is quite lethargic and slows down even in low gears on steep hills.
It drives and steers like a badly- loaded canal barge. The under-steer can be corrected by loading 6 large bags of sand/cement/plaster into the boot.
The pedals are offset to the drivers left and this takes a little getting used to.
However, it is extremely frugal, and I average around 65 mpg.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th October, 2005