Good looks, performance and reliability - what more could you want in a car?
The alternator seized in 1998.
Rust is beginning to show on the rear nearside wheel arch.
Bought the car at 2.5 years old (15,000 miles) and still own it 10 years later (now 100,000 miles).
I can't imagine any other car offering so much fun and reliability in one car - it looks good, does not leak, is easy to get in an out of and it can contain a fair amount of luggage, so long as you use the bonnet, the boot and behind the seats - don't even think of using a suitcase.
It's a ball of fun in the snow, especially down remote country lanes. It handles very well with Pirelli P600s and sticks like glue in the dry, but in 10 years I have met the limit a couple of times - the front starts to lighten and the only solution is to floor the accelerator to push it round the bend.
Here's to the next 10 years.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th December, 2001