Alternator packed up - a cheap replacement is the Rover K-series 1.8 alternator. It fits straight in, and just needs the adjuster bar lengthened, and works 100%.
Crank pulley separated - the alternator pulley is compressed onto the tapered crank pulley with a rubber insert. This came loose and had to be replaced.
Rust claimed the car - front subframe, rear arches, front corners of boot, cockpit floors has huge holes, sills had completely gone.
Superb car, with impeccable handling and reliability. MPG is excellent (40mpg), and I couldn't fault the car one bit.
The car is a motoring journalists favourite, but I really hate to agree. It feels excellent to drive, the driving position is brilliant and is the large seats are very comfortable - the interior trim feels solid, and the pillar-less doors close with a satisfying, quality sounding thud. Gear change is easy due to the gear stick being inches from the steering wheel. I don't subscribe to the 'driver's car' statement, but this is pure driving fun.
It's practical enough to carry a decent amount of shopping in the boot.
I'd have another one in a shot, but it'd have to be rust free. These weren't rust proofed very well, or at all.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th April, 2011