Reliable, fairly low maintenance. Some normally simple jobs are akward to carry out
Smells inside of petrol.
I had to put a new starter motor on. This is a very tricky job to do from above the engine, I only just managed to do it after turning the motor around in the compartment it is 'hidden in', and withdrawing it upwards.
Another nightmare job is changing the heater matrix. The dash has to be taken completely apart including the centre console to get it out. The floor was wet for weeks inside the car!
The steering became absolutely terrible. It turned out that both track rod ends were worn out as were the lower bushes. Front tyres became badly worn due to the problems with the steering.
Brakes aren't too good. Put new disks and pads on front. Rear cylinder leaked and had to be renewed. Bled the system, but brakes still aren't good.
The hinge on the boot lid mysteriously became bent, and now the boot lid does not seal properly.
The full beam on the lighting circuit stopped working, have not found out the reason for this.
Clutch cable snapped.
The engine seems to be burning a small amount of oil.
Driver's seat staring to wear on upright near door pillar.
The suspension seems overly bouncy. Probably needs new struts.
The paintwork seems to be lasting extremely well and there is virtually no rust on the car.
Surprisingly quick for engine size.
Pretty flexible boot space.
Interior utilitarian, but it's what you would expect.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th July, 2004