Great concept - deserved to do better
The front brake calipers seized regularly. They were sliding calipers -there was only one hydraulic piston which pushed one brake pad on, and the reaction caused the whole caliper to slide in a groove and bring the other brake pad on to the disc - the groves were forever getting rusty and dirty, the caliper would stick, and one pad would have to do all the work, and consequently wore out fast. I got to be quite expert at stripping the front brake assembly.
I am sure there were other problems, I cannot remember them from so long ago, but there were no major engine/gearbox/auxilary component failures.
This was an unrecognised great design for a car, but it suffered from all the troubles of British Leyland in the 1970's, and poor attention to detail - like the front brakes.
The concept was brilliant. A big version of the Mini, with a 1.75 litre cross engine driving the front wheels. Lots and lots of space inside, good luggage carrier, and a heavy, solid car.
The adhesion on the road was good, but they had a reputation as a poor drivers car due to an upright seating position in relation to the steering wheel and a vague gearshift. I never found any problem with the gearshift - it was a long shift stick coming out the floor, but it worked fine.
Ours had a front end accident with a wall - nobody got hurt, but it was time to part company with it. I think older ones had rust problems - lots of curved panels and rust traps underneath.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 27th February, 2003