A great executive sized car with bags of comfort and driveability available at bargain prices
Rear parking brake caliper collapsed inside drum/disc at about 140,000 miles. Needed new disc/drums, pads, shoes and mounting kit. Found broken rear spring when carrying this out and replaced both rear springs. Total cost £420.
Front discs getting near limit so changed them for a set of performance discs and pads at a cost of £237, fitted myself.
A great car for the £3000 I paid for it. Good levels of comfort, electric mirrors, electric windows, heated seats, power steering, traction control.
Very pleased with the fuel economy from the 2.5 V6 24V. Averaging 28.3mpg which is a combination of driving styles. Pushing it when needed but cruising when in a relaxed mood. It is possible to get an average 30mpg if you are a bit more sedate or do mostly motorway miles.
Missed the fact that mine didn't have air conditioning. Definitely a plus in warm weather.
Acres of room both in the cabin and in the boot. More than enough room for several suitcases with room to spare.
Performance was good but nothing special. As good as any 'hot hatch' with the extra power at the top end for easy overtaking at higher speeds.
Was considering selling to get the 3.0 Elite but unfortunately had a close encounter with a lamp post! Oh, yes, safety features excellent in a head on collision. Don't think I would have walked out of a smaller car like I did.
Now re-evaluating the Elite and looking for a BMW 535 Sport instead.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd September, 2001