Every journey puts a smile on your face - you will not find more fun pound for pound
I've owned this beauty for over 20 years. Every so often I decide she has to be sold (only covered 26k in 23 years! Done more than that in the last 2 years in my diesel Astra!) But lets face it, it's the best looking, most stylish car ever to come out of this country.
Does a good 30mpg, will cruise at 80mph (towing my boat or not), gets looks wherever we go (getting fuel can be a nightmare when in a hurry - everyone wants to talk about the car), and a bench front seat - can't be beaten for those romantic autumn evenings miles from anywhere. No, I can't sell her.
A couple of re-bores and a replacement gearbox is a small price to pay - just look at the shape, it outweighs ANY other shortcomings. Don't forget that bench seat...!
Parts take ages to locate - don't use this as your main vehicle.
Once located, parts are generally quite inexpensive.
When you roll up somewhere for a repair, you will have a queue of people wanting to help out!
Don't overrev the engine. Vibration can dislodge the oilfeed pickup in the sump. The 2nd rebore was down to that.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th October, 2004