For the age, high performance, cheap repairs
Fist, it was the fuel pump. This blew after I had done about 40,000 Km, meaning at about 260,000 Km.
The engine had been reconditioned by my dad (the previous owner) at about 120,000 Ks.
Leaked oil ever since the reconditioning... Typical Re pco quality!!
Carpet worn under drivers feet, but still not too badly for 300,000 Km.
Head gasket blew at 293,000 Km.
Hydraulic lifters shot... very noisy.
Torque converter on the auto blew, so converted to a manual, huge change in performance. :)
Rod- end Engine bearings wore out at 275,000 Km, replaced, worked fine.
Rear drum brake cylinder seals blew, converted to rear discs and limited slip diff, again, reasonable increase in performance (both acceleration and braking).
Overall, this is an excellent car, and even though the engine is pretty much shot as is, I am going to fix it. these cars are easy to find spares for, hard to find performance parts for (Damn!!), reliable, comfortable, easy to repair and service, the engine layout is the simplest I have ever seen in a car. even more so than my old Peugeot! When they're running well, they are GREAT!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th May, 2003