Makes an excellent runaround / second car / novice drivers car
A pin came out of the gear selector, leaving me unable to change gear, and I had to limp to the nearest garage.
Only minor faults like rear light blowing and hole in exhaust, can be expected from cars its age.
I'm a poor student and this car is great for getting from A to B while I rack up my no claims bonus. It takes a while to get used to the springy clutch, and the lack of power steering, things I did not have to worry about on my driving lessons!
It's quite nippy for a 1.1, with acceleration being best around mid-range, 3000-4000rpm. Plenty a time I have left my friends 1.3 or 1.4 cars eating dust, as the 106 is as light as a feather and handles amazingly, like a go-kart, so you can fling it around corners with ease, if you have the b@lls. Fuel economy is excellent, provided you are frugal driving it. (rare, as it is such fun to throw around, this car was built for country lanes)
My gripes with the car are the cheapness and quality of the car in general (to be expected with the base model and my income at the minute, but it is solid nonetheless) However I am not impressed with the brakes, as are my friends who also own 106's. (Prepare to brake slightly earlier and harder than with other cars.) The gears can be a bit troublesome, by sometimes refusing to play ball if you aren't as tender with them as they like.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th March, 2006