A much better car than the jokes suggest
1) The brake fluid was leaking from above the clutch pedal and down into the driver's side foot well. It took nearly a year to put this right.
2) The main light switch burned out after the car had been out all night for a drive in the countryside.
3) The radiator fan turned itself on automatically during the night (when the heavy snow got in around it) and run down the battery. The thermo switch for the fan was at fault and needed replacing and I reconnected the supply wire for the fan to fuse no.2 (the fuse that's only live when the ignition is switched on) instead of fuse 1 where it was originally connected.
4) The original four-speed gearbox gave up (several of the gears chipped teeth and wore away because of the lack of sufficient oil in the gearbox). This gearbox was replaced by a five-speed gearbox was (along with the engine) taken together with the engine from a crashed 136 Rapid). I had to make the gearbox tunnel bigger to get the five-speed gearbox to fit.
5) When the original engine needed a cylinder head gasket, a distributor and a carburettor, I decided a more cost-effective method was to fit the engine from the 136 Rapid.
6) Both sills had some welding done due to severe rust and the driver's side front wing had to be replaced - also due to severe rust.
The small 1.3-liter engine in this car gives good performance for all it's size.
The seats are comfortable and the driving position feels almost modern.
The handling is a bit too light, but otherwise precise.
This seems to be the only car of its type used everyday in the whole country now.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th August, 2003