If it was wiped out I'd get another just like it
The entire drive train needs attention:
-Differential grinds when turning sharply.
-There's some play in the Universal Joint causing a "clunk" when applying power.
-The back left Constant Velocity Joint rumbles and vibrates at low (below 20km/h) speed.
The left hand Power Window Motor appears to be dead.
The body is close to immaculate, still shiny black, a single spot of rust on one of the bottom door seams. No leaks in the sunroof, no leaks in the hatch.
The engine and bay are clean enough to eat off, no leaks whatsoever.
The engine seems to be in good condition, it's easy to spin the wheels in second gear even with 245/50 tires on the back (no wonder the drive train problems). Doesn't seem too hard on fuel consumption tho'.
The seats are comfortable, especially the drivers seat with pneumatic lumbar support controls. With all the available adjustments you can set the seat up like you're strapped into a cockpit.
All the electronic options still work (bar the left window). Sound system is stock, but good enough to not bother upgrading. Digital dash display is still all go.
Heaps of room for carting stuff in the back. No problem getting my 3 year old daughter in and out of her booster seat.
The long bonnet with the low seating position took some getting used to, even with my head brushing the roof.
It's fun to drive when you want it, effortless when you're not in the mood. I'm sure I'll be pulled over any day now.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th August, 2002