Good performer, cheap to insure, problem free engine
The Airbag and Seatbelt pretensioner light is constantly on.
Dealer has tried to rectify it, but can't.
Windscreen washer jets broke, front and rear.
Passenger seat is near impossible to slide back or forth, requires much "jiggling" to get it to move.
Headlights and Fog lights mist up when wet.
Heater is either too hot or too cold.
Heater takes AGES to reach temperature.
Rear heated window failure.
In general, this car is quite good, engine reliability is second to none.
The interior is very solid, and there are no rattles or squeaks, even though I've lowered it 60mm on stiffer Springs and Dampers.
Now it handles like a dream, I can out handle anything on the Road, and has much improved the acceleration, which wasn't too bad anyway, due to the gutsy 16v Engine, You would be amazed that it's only a 1.2
I've kept up with Nova SR's and XR3I's and barely out dragged by an XR2I. Beaten a 1.6 Astra too. Be warned, APPALLING turning circle.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 9th February, 2004