Great on open wining roads, but not so great as a town car
Two cooling fans replaced. This was expensive because the whole front bumper assembly and grille needed to be removed.
Three sets of glow plugs.
Battery was incorrectly sized when delivered. It took four batteries in four years to find the correctly sized battery. Thanks to Mr Exide's web site.
Rear brake cylinders failed (weeped).
Turbo pipes cracked.
Front shock absorbers weep.
Fast agile car. Better on hills and in turns any other car I've owned.
Dray in town at low speeds.
Steering too heavy at low speeds.
Clutch very heavy.
Needs to be kept in the "power band", that is above 1800 rpm to get the best performance.
Comfortable and pleasant to drive on long trips, but wants to sit at 130 kph!
Still on first clutch.
Very good wear on upholstery with no real signs of wear.
Paint work still in reasonable condition, and if it is unlucky enough to get a clean, still looks stunning.
Seats are comfortable and hold the body position well under heavy cornering.
Although this model does not have many bells and whistles, it is generally very balanced in the factory settings such as the dashboard illuminance, and windscreen wiper interval speed.
Good even tyre wear. These have always been Michelin MXV3A and have achieved in excess of 60,000 km per set.
The car generally has resisted eight and a half years of tough, driving. It responds well to a good trash every now and again. I think it looks forward to it.
Still hold the New Zealand land speed record for diesel cars!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th November, 2002