Cheap, but not really that cheerful!
- Anti- roll bar bushes need replacing
- Radio doesn't work
- Passenger electric wing mirror doesn't work
- Temp gauge doesn't move more than a few millimeters (possible thermostat)
- Central locking is loud and the locks are fiddly.
I bought this car as a cheap run around to replace my gorgeous BMW E39 523i, as we are moving house and I need something cheaper to run to and from work. Although the BMW was perfect in almost every way, it is just too expensive to run now that fuel is at an appalling cost.
At a first glance this car is rancid. It looks like the previous owner hasn't bothered to wash or vacuum the interior since they owned it, and therefore needs about 4 hours worth of valeting (a job for me this weekend), and it stinks inside of dog!!!
But for a car which cost me £500 and that has 8 months MOT on it, I'm pleased. OK the driving position is awful and reminds me of sitting at my desk in the office, except it feels more 1970's than anything else. I just can't find enough adjustment to make it feel comfortable, and I find myself driving this thing in a kind of sit-up and beg position.
The steering is responsive, but not weighted enough for my liking, and feels like the tyres are filled with helium. I've used better brakes on a kid's pedal go-cart than on this thing, so I'm gonna book it in to make sure everything is as it should be.
I know I'm slating this old bus, but it does have a certain charm about it. I know I'm going to enjoy cleaning it and bring it back to its former glory, but my problem is that I was spoilt rotten with my BMW, and now I'm struggling to see why I bothered buying a budget, practical car, when I could have spent a bit more money and had another Bmw. Maybe in time my opinion will change, but for now, I'll reserve complete judgment until I've driven it a bit more.
I will post updates as and when necessary.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th February, 2010