A good reliable car that's been a pleasure to own
Clutch cable broke at about15000 miles- 15 min job to replace though.
New radiator at about 90000 miles.
New thermostat at about 100000 miles.
Internal space for external size is excellent.
Very economical, even at 100000 miles plus still returns 40mpg in summer, 36 -39 in winter on reasonable length journey.
Maintenance on engine easy by modern standards with everything visible and within reach.
Original battery lasted until Jan 2003.
Regular wheel alignment checks helps reduce heavy steering.
Rust starting to need attention 6-7 years old. Worst at base of hatch and wheel arch under petrol filler. Rust at junction of B pillar and sill may become an MOT issue soon.
Visibility through rear window good, plastic trim around windscreen sides means a fair amount of head moving.
Metal bumpers rust from inside if knocked and not dealt with immediately.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd October, 2003