A love hate relationship
In the first 6 months of ownership the car spent one third of this time at the dealer garage. The faults were:
Failed weld spot above rear wheel arch
Defective horn (small adjustment needed)
Windscreen wiper timer malfunction (wrong chip fitted)
Clattering seat belt holders
Squeaks in the dash board and rear seat (still there)
Coil failure after 15000 miles (affected 100,000 VW cars apparently)
That's it so far...
For the price this car is excellent value for money and handles really beautifully.
The interior looks good and has a spacious feel.
The stereo buttons aren't easy to use when driving, but the sound is good.
The engine delivers ample power in a responsive and controlled way with very little turbo lag.
I went for the leather seat option which gives the car a bit of class. One warning about the leather - it marks easily and I have had to get the garage to replace one of the seat covers which they damaged while it was in for a squeak fix.
My advise: if the body work proves to be good, buy one of these second hand and let someone else sort out the 'teething' problems.
I love this car despite the trouble it has caused me. I cannot fault the dealer for their efforts to sort the problems out either.
Would I buy another? I don't like the look of later models, but I don't have enough experience of new cars to put this experience into context. I will reserve my judgment.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 13th February, 2004