Cheeky, characterful, and cheap (can't say that about many modern cars, eh?)
Where to start? Nothing too serious though!
Water pump exploded, making a pretty fountain, got many admiring glances!
Engine mountings became worn (through enthusiastic driving methinks ;) ).
Points kept melting. Apart from that, it's been very reliable.
Fantastic little car. OK, so you can tell it's an old design, but it handles (and rides!) like a go kart. Leave the accelerator buried for a while, and the acceleration is pretty damn fast, even in the 1.0. Those A-Series engines are fantastic. Also, rattles are easy to fix - screw it or glue it, that's what I did, and it works. It also uses hardly any fuel. Mine did 50mpg at 80mph! Not bad huh? Interior might be cheap, but it's well thought out, and does the job fine.
I'd recommend this car to anyone who wants a car with bags of character, and doesn't mind hitting their legs on the dashboard when they change gear (I'm 6'2 though, it might not happen to everybody!)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd August, 2000