High performance sleek-looking bargain
Got the car knocked down from £4k to £3425 due to 2 months MOT, so expected to do some work on it. Therefore budgeted £600 for work required. Have had:
Whole new exhaust (except CAT). Considering fitting a CAT replacement pipe cheaply and then refitting the CAT only for the MOT (since probably on it's last legs and NOT cheap to replace).
New oxygen sensor - tell tail sign was drag over 3000 rpm.
New pads and discs all round along with standard springs (lowered springs only left about half an inch of play and caused a very rough ride).
New battery and alternator. Beware! Some brushes in the alternator had gone which is not reflected with the alternator light! Therefore had no idea I was just running off the battery until all the dash lights came on and it cut out!
With 2 tyres, total cost about £900. Not bad for a now-sorted car though ;o) Incidentally, flew the MOT.
Still gotta fix the heater dashboard bulbs (common fault) and ashtray (broken runner), but quite trivial at the moment.
Very fast car when pumped hard. Tends to be slow on the uptake, but soon picks up over 3000 rpm when the lambda sensor turns off. About 8.5 seconds 0-60.
Excellent cornering on 205/65s (but perhaps not QUITE as well as when lowered).
Ageless design - 10 years old and still makes people look.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st July, 2001