Insurance friendly machine
Distributor cap went only 5000 miles out of a major service (55,000 miles) destroying the cat (major backfire!).
Second cat went after a further 8000 miles (poor build quality) along with front pipe (expensive!!).
Alternator went at around 75,000, although this was due to powering an amp.
Rear lights have a tendency to go.
Paintwork is very thin, prone to scratching.
Brakes are on the dangerous side though can be easily upgraded for the same price as O.E.
Some dealer parts can be expensive: though not much seems to go wrong, if cared for.
Likes drinking fuel if pushed.
Engine on the harsh side at the top end.
Cheap to buy and generally cheap to run.
Performance from a 1.4 is good though low down torque is non-existent. To get the most from this engine it has to be above 4000rpm.
Equipment level is very good. I recommend the GTi/SEi interior.
Run on a Koni suspension set up, 15" alloys running 195/50/15 rubber for serious go-kart handling!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd October, 2000