Rusty Exhaust when first purchased.
When the interior heater is turned on full it tends to squeak.
Sometimes have difficulty getting into Reverse gear. I've found this on a few cars I've driven, usually helps to leave the clutch down for a few seconds before selecting the gear.
The valves tend to chatter when under load. After reading an article on the Internet, it seems this is a common problem for 309s built in the early 1990s. Valve clearances can be dealt with at a garage, but can be costly.
This is one of the best cars I've ever driven.
The interior, although slightly dated in colour and design, is extremely hard wearing.
Excellent performance for a 1.3 engine, with good acceleration in all gears, even 5th.
Good fuel economy, although this can change if the car is not well maintained.
I learnt to drive in this car, and although its bigger than the average learner drivers Fiesta or Corsa, the good handling makes it a really easy car to drive. The good cabin and boot space, and affordable price gives it a wide appeal.