2002 Tata Loadbeta Single cab 2wd pickup 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Cheap, bulletproof, reliable workhorse. Buy one before there's none left
Steering idler was worn when I got it due to never being lubricated. Replaced it and it's been fine ever since.
One one occasion it didn't start instantly, so I renewed the glow plugs which sorted it out.
That's all in 7 years.
This is the worst - and best - vehicle I've ever owned. Bought for next to nothing whilst renovating my house, it has been so reliable and useful I'm still using it daily 7 years later.
Interior and body build quality is awful, and it's rusting out all over the place due to no underseal and very little paint, but the mechanicals and chassis are bulletproof.
It is slow and noisy, I wouldn't want to drive it long distances, but is simple to maintain and has a certain old school charm to drive - you have to learn to drive it well - it doesn't do everything for you like a modern car and has no creature comforts (less to go wrong!).
If and when it eventually dies, I'd consider buying another.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th July, 2017