A superb bouncy off-road toy
Bought as a project, because of the crazy engine transplant; all it took for the MOT was un-seizing a front brake caliper and adjusting the handbrake by a notch or two.
So far, my only problems are the electrics, which have been bodged by previous owners - I retrieved a loom from a Jeep in a breakers yard for £30, which will be installed when I have a dry day.
I would like to replace the rag-top as it is patched and poor, but have yet to find a source of cheap replacements.
My tiny sister had one as her first car, so I knew it to be fun, light, slow, noisy and generally competent off-road.
The big engine provides much more power with minimal modification to the car and could probably take the vehicle faster than the transmission is designed to endure. Steep hills and bad ground are no obstacle!
It is too light to tow Land Rovers etc. out of the mud, but skips across boggy ground that heavier vehicles would flounder in.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th September, 2001