A poor man's classic
The only thing I had to replace on the car for the entire year I had it was the head gasket, which was a known flaw with the aluminum engines in these cars. At the time the car was almost 18 years old, so that's not too bad, although it may have been replaced previously.
This was a slightly classier version of the Hillman Imp, with gauges, real wood interior trim, and a radio (which crackled and hissed). An absolute blast to drive, and cheap as dirt to maintain. Took me, my wife and daughter from Brighton to Mull (Scotland) and back without a hitch. Probably getting hard to find now, but I'd love to get my hands on one again; however, now I'm in Canada... sigh...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd April, 2003