Surprisingly fast and very comfortable
All of the following problems were present when I purchased the car:
- A wiper on one of the headlights was missing a blade. I am not sure if I will replace this.
- The A/C switch had fallen out, but held in with tape so it still works.
- The left rear door would not open from the inside (I can't believe I did not check this, I opened it from the outside, but not the inside). Considering that it is mainly me driving the car, I am not sure if I will fix this at the moment.
- Numerous scratches that are consistent with an eleven year old car.
I enjoy driving this car. Given that I drove a 1988 Hyundai Excel before owning this vehicle, anything would have impressed me, but the car accelerates at a similar speed to that of my Mum's Falcon, so I have been surprised by the power of the 2.3 litre, 4 cylinder engine.
The only worries that I have is the potential that this car has to self-destruct. The owner kept log books and all receipts, and have spent an absolute fortune on repairing problems. Parts appear to be rather expensive.
On top of this, there is the fuel consumption. So far, I have gone through around 30 litres of fuel. Being an 18 year old student, if it keeps at this rate, I will be broke very quickly.
If I had searched harder I may have come across a manual version of this car, but the average Australian driver is a lazy one, so not too many examples of these exist.
The Hyundai that I drove was also a base model from its year, and so it was a 4 speed manual, with no 'luxuries' like air conditioning and power steering. But this car has everything that I could ever wish for in a car (except the original owner chose not to install the CD player, so I've got to use the one that I had put in the Hyundai), and so I could have no complaints about the interior. The boot is big enough to fit anything I wish in there, even after I install my sub woofers.
This was not one of the cars I was aiming to purchase when I originally went looking at cars. However, I hope the decision to make the purchase will be justified.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 30th July, 2004