A Mini Cooper on steroids
Heater fan bearing wore out.
RH headlight silvering 'browned out'.
Water pump replaced when bought as it was leaking - did timing belt and thermostat at same time.
Engine mounts replaced - old ones were getting too soft - however new ones are actually no better! Too much engine wobble.
New brake pads needed.
Replaced fuel pump - one terminal had cracked off.
Oil pressure guage and water temp guage have never worked. The pointer on th oil guage has actually separated from its pivot!
Very nippy & willing.
Definitely not neck snapping acceleration, but if you keep it above 400 rpm it does go well - and sits happily on the motorway at legal speeds.
Goes round corners well and predictable on the limit! Only found out once!
Comfortable for long distances and much quieter than most GTi Golfs I've been in.
Lack of power steering makes parking a bit heavy weather.
Well appointed, comfy seats, well put together.
Don't see many of them around.
Would love to solve the spongy engine mount problem.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th March, 2004