Best handling, most fun classic you can buy for the money!
Head gasket blew at 102,000 miles.
Clutch spring let go at 100,000 miles.
Chassis has bad rust which I had to get welded, which was not cheap.
Universal joints needed replacing at 96,000 miles.
Window wiper motor failed.
Drivers door handle broke twice.
Front trunnioins needed replacing at first MOT.
Despite the faults listed above, this is the best car I have ever owned. I use it every day, which I can't say I'd recommend, it is 25 years old. It's not the most reliable car, but it just looks and handles so well that I can forgive it for its short comings. Actually it handles so well it'll give most modern "sports cars" a run for their money down a country lane. However it could do with a bit more poke from under the bonnet, but the speed it carries through the turns makes up for it.
It is a very small car. Every car I park it next to dwarfs it, but that's not really a problem because you can get in and out of any parking space with ease. I'm 6ft4 and although a little cramped it is surprisingly comfortable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th August, 2002