A good first car, which won't fail even under the harshest treatment
Window seals have gone, however, it is unknown how long they were leaking for.
Boot became off-line - a washer to stop the frame stressing had fallen off, only required the boot to be tugged and pulled to re-align.
The rear-end sits quite low, because of the suspension tuning.
Ran out of clutch fluid at 146,000km, small leak however car still ran enough to get home, starting was the only issue without a clutch.
Seats take a bit to get used to and the cabin is quite bland.
Performance wise, you need a bit of a run-up when passing but that's to be expected with this type of car.
The model designates the suspension was tuned by Chris Amon, a famous New Zealand racing driver, it handles well and never felt if the car was about to lose its footing.
Reliability wise, it isn't rivaled, services are easy, being a slant-4 most things are within easy reach.
They used to be used as taxi's, it wasn't unknown for them to exceed past 500,000kms.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th August, 2008