The car was a real bargain for the bucks
Front brakes - I was unable to stop the caliper equalizers from sticking so I bought complete brake assemblies for the front,both sides.
Catalytic converter- It departed the car this year. Put a 'one size fits all' type on it for $100 Cdn. Still passes the 'Drive Clean' test.
Map sensor had to be replaced.
Engine electronic control and tach module in base of distributor had to be replaced.
EGR valve rusted out and I replaced it from one from a wrecking yard.
Right headlight developed water leak and I replaced it with a wrecking yard part.
'Rubber band' drive to the overhead cam let go about 20 Kms. from home. Replaced belt myself for $40 Cdn. (Engine is 'free run' type so no damage to internal parts.)
Car cost $1100 Cdn. used from a female school teacher who had bought it new. She had let it go because I believe she was afraid of the cost of repairs. I put about $300 Cdn. in parts and my labour into it and it passed certification no problem. My wife drives the car mostly and she really likes it. The version we have is a 2 door coupe hatchback with a 5 speed manual gear box. It has power steering and power brakes. It is really fast. It will cruise all day long at 110 Kms. and give 4 or 5 litres/100 Kms. (About 50 miles to the Imp. gallon.) After the initial repairs I have done nothing except tires. It is rock steady and smooth with no vibrations. The one problem with the thing is that it seems to have been made for small stature people. Both my wife and I are pretty well 6 feet tall and we have a problem with where the steering wheel sits when we get the seat just right. It needs a telescoping steering column like my old Sunbeam Alpine had years ago.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th July, 2002