A great all-rounder
Water pump failed, just after having the cambelt replaced at 40k. I don't think it was a reliability issue, but you never know.
Other than that, nothing at all.
This car was a really good buy. I've done 60000 miles in it and I can't fault it. It's sporty, can fit 5 people comfortably, fairly smooth. Has a huge boot.
Just recently I drove the car to North Germany. 650 miles. It was done in 1 go. The seats didn't give me any trouble whatsoever. The car enjoyed 120mph on the autobahns.
My only gripe is that because it's VW underneath, they use VW specific fixings. The rear brakes had to be changed by a mechanic with the right VW only tools. I would normally do most basic things myself, but not on this occasion.
Cambelt change was a little pricey, especially as the car is an 8-valve version.
The car is rock-solid to drive, I still don't have any annoying rattles that you might expect from a car that's 9yrs old now.
I'm still getting 38mpg on a normal run and I'm not light with the gas pedal.
It's also good that not many were sold as you don't see many about now. It's much nicer looking than the newer Toledo's. Although you won't find a Hayne's manual for it, so you have to improvise with the Ibiza and Cordoba versions.
Worth a look if you can find a relatively low miler with history.
All in all, a great all-rounder.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd August, 2006