A mate dearly departed and sadly missed
Head gasket blew at 25k miles - fixed under warranty.
Driver's door window winder handle kept coming loose - just carry a small screwdriver in the dash pouch and fix on the move - simples!!
Other than that, just usual consumables.
Bestest car I ever had. Wanted a new motor to visit my girlfriend - now wife - in Bournemouth from Manchester, so bought this new because it was £500 cheaper than the equivalent mk2 Panda.
It had the older OHV engine and Roman chariot style suspension, but so what. SO cheap to run; group 1 insurance, never less than 50 MPG, and as high as 72 MPG when running it in. Back seats out, and hey presto I had a van! A company car meant I sold it, and I've bitterly regretted it ever since.
The bodywork was much more rust resistant than the Fiat equivalent.
The dealers were helpful.
It had a basic interior that I found comfortable.
I have had "better" cars in the years since, but these were loaded with things you don't really need that go wrong and cost a bomb to fix - why are we brainwashed into this?
In my view there is still a market for this sort of car - note the sales success of the Matiz, I10, Amica etc as proof.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th July, 2013