A relic from the past best forgotten about
Gearbox failed after 10000 miles.
Head gasket failed after 40000 miles.
Water pump failed.
Two alternators failed.
Distributor failed (broken wire)
Front footwells rusted through.
Intermittent failure of all lights.
Shock absorbers worn out.
Car was purchased brand new and owned for 18 years!
Poor performance from the old Viva based OHV engine, but very simple mechanically and no electronics at all.
Car is as complicated as a knife and fork ie: very basic.
Surprisingly good suspension design and handling from rear wheel drive, but tricky on ice and snow.
HS and HSR rally versions look interesting, but rare.
Hatchback version can just about accommodate 4 adults or small loads.
Has servo assisted brakes, but forget things like power steering and ABS.
This is a primitive car by modern standards.
Rots quickly once rust has set in and build quality did not really exist with Vauxhalls in 1978!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd January, 2006