Go buy one of these.....now
Airbag connector seal @40,000.
Clutch @ 97,000 miles.
2nd > 3rd Synchromesh.
Head gasket (leaked - not completely failed)
What a car, but what a shame about the dealer. Shortly after purchasing this vehicle from a main dealer, car was drinking radiator water (bottle every 6 - 8 weeks), and 2nd to 3rd gear was "notchy" when changing under power. Dealer tinkered with faults, but never repaired fully. Vehicle was sent for it's 30k service and dealer investigated faults, but didn't repair nor service the vehicle. A new date the following week was set. During this time I past the 10,000 service interval. Dealer immediately invalidated the warranty and notified me I needed to spend a huge amount of money (£3000).
I didn't repair the gearbox or the gasket. Vehicle drove for a further 50,000 miles without fault... until they took it back in part exchange...fools!
Great handling helped by a faultless traction control system.
Sports seats comfortable.
Trip computer a must so you can drive the car efficiently.
Other than the major faults above (which the dealer should have fixed), vehicle was very reliable. Not a single break down.
Short shift the gearbox and you have a lazy bear... hit the throttle and you have a big wolf...growling...and growling all the way.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th November, 2004