A nice cheap little runaround
Required replacement engine
Required replacement rear leaf spring
Condensation inside headlamps
Fault with driver's door latch and interior handle
Driver's door window mechanism fell apart
Rust in front inner wing.
I've done all the work to this car myself. The previous owner was going to scrap it due to a blown engine, but I persuaded them to give it to me, because I wanted a project car. It makes an ideal project due to its very simple construction and low-tech design.
Many of the problems with the car were caused by neglect as opposed too bad design. Once I did the major work such as replacing the engine, the car has been very good.
It's extremely economical due to the 903cc engine, the insurance and maintenance costs are also very low.
The interior is very basic, but not particularly uncomfortable. I once drove it 500 miles in one day, and had no complaints at the end.
It's also fairly quick for a sub-1 litre car, and handles fairly well too. The only thing spoiling the drive is the gear change. The travel on the lever is too long, and the change a bit crunchy, but this may be due to wear and tear on the gearbox.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th January, 2005