Faulty cooling system: radiator fan switch, thermostat, heater control valve. A complete cooling system overhaul at the local dealer cost £55 with all new parts! Worth it on any Favorit or the head gasket will go!
Rear window demister- book a date in your diary if you want to see behind you- takes 20 minutes to clear!
Alloy wheels are too soft, and scuff very easily.
Otherwise extremely reliable.
Get a fuel injected one from 93 on. (VW had more of an impact on these.) These have the nicer interior and more refined engine and ride. The older ones aren't screwed together as well, and are very old fashioned to look at inside and out. Without fuel injection, the timing can go quickly. To 93, all engines are 54 bhp which is sufficient, but go for the later 64 bhp ones, as they'll embarrass even the 1.4 Fiesta, Corsas and Escorts etc. The newer ones also have 'E' badging with a nicer centre console, central locking etc.
Extremely reliable, but only if serviced properly. My local dealer charges less than £90 for an all in, everything done annual service and MOT! Bet you can't beat that!
The Favorit is a nice, understated car that's nippy, and returns over 40 mpg! Cheap to run! What more do you want!?