The handbrake wouldn't release from the wheels if left unused for several days. This occurred on three occasions in the first couple of years. 2 garages were flummoxed and had to dismantle the brakes in order to move the car, but never discovered the underlying cause. I overcome this problem now by parking in-gear.
Oil leak at 9 years (51,000 miles) due to a design fault of the oil pressure switch, I've been told by both the AA and the RAC. The oil pressure switch has now had to be replaced 4 times in the 20 months since...
At 73,000 the electronics light came on yesterday during a 65 mile drive, and stayed on. That's gone out today and is replaced by the red emissions light. The car is now booked into the garage to be checked out. Probably time to change... :-(
This is my first car, and I absolutely love it.
I've had it 11 years from new.
Best of all, I love the high seating, drive position and clear all round view.
It's brilliant for getting older people in and out of, or people with mobility problems.
I love the space inside, and the back seats dropping down completely flat without hassle to create a massive boot, sufficient for two adult bikes and holiday luggage with ease.
I do not wish to change it, given this model of car is no longer made - I just want the same again!
Sadly, having had several oil leaks and red warning lights recurring in recent weeks, I'm starting to realise the need for a reliable vehicle.
This car was so reliable for the first 9-10 years - I write in praise of it, but now it's just starting to have niggles and problems, leaving one feeling a tad vulnerable.