My dad bought this for me at the local auction for £600.
At the time I was still having lessons and I was a keen 17 year old who was happy to have any wheels at all.
The mileage was high at 180k, but my dad assured me that diesels would last forever. In some respects he was right. I have to give the car credit, mechanically the engine is a total trooper. It's done 210 thousand miles now and still runs fine.
But soon after I'd past my test it soon came apparent to me that I was stuck with a tractor-shed. While my mates cried with laughter while they zoomed past me in their GTi's at 90mph, I was stood with the bonnet up looking at the engine while itching my head by the side of the road.
First of all, if this car has over 150k on the clock it isn't worth much over £100.
Due to the length, it's also difficult to park especially for new drivers. It has no street cred whatsoever.
If cars had names mine would be called Boris.
In the cold it doesn't seem to want to start and spews out blue clouds of choking thick smoke for 60 seconds before spluttering into life.
If you want speed, avoid this car like the plague. 0-60mph comes in err... three weeks. Well 15.5 seconds actually, but by the time you've reached 60 you've probably reached you're destination.
I've spent so much on this car for nothing really. I'm desperately seeking to buy a new *petrol* car now I have the money and I honestly cannot wait to get rid of this shed.
Now, I suppose this goes for a lot of diesels, but as far as the interior goes it isn't too bad. Apart from the dash bulbs going out its not too bad.
The seats are VERY comfy and you seem to sink into them when you climb into the car. However, the car is low and passengers have complained of feeling car-sick over long distances.
Mine isn't fun to drive at all, but the 16v petrol version gets to 60mph in 7 seconds so to be honest I really wouldn't mind trying one of those out.
But overall, I don't hate it, like I say, it lasts forever.
I'd highly recommend one of these cars to a farmer. Honestly, they are workhorses. But, if you're a new driver, steer clear.