Comfort and style in one beautiful vehicle.
(ha ha ha...)
Front seats came apart - now replaced with Mitusbishi sigma seats.
Rust, and more rust especially in front footwells due to poor design.
All rubber trim - due to living in tropics for 2 years.
Suspension has now almost completely gone.
Paint work - re-sprayed last year.
New drive shaft ($Aust25!)
Wing mirrors needed replacing.
Starter motor/ alternator replaced three times.
Windscreen wiper motor replaced.
This is an absolutely brilliant car.
My father bought it in 1979 and I learnt to drive on it. Although I have replaced many parts that have worn out, I have also driven it from Tasmania to the Northern Territory, with loads of detours, and it is still going.
It has fins!
The 404 is reliable, relatively fuel efficient if maintained and most importantly, comfortable. The interior is very roomy and there is a lot of glass. Like a living room!
I intend to keep driving until the cops pull me over and inspect the rust!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th June, 2002