Fast, cool in metallic black, understated - and thirsty!
Cracked windscreen 2 days after taking delivery.
Suspension knocking and needed complete front replacement 1 week after taking delivery.
ESP system faulty 1 week after taking delivery.
Air conditioning pump stopped working 1 month after taking delivery. Part had to be specially manufactured - took 3 weeks in the dealership garage to repair.
For all the faults that this particular car has had over the short 2 month period I have owned it, I love it still.
Subtle looks and understated coolness is what drew me to this model in the first place.
It's fast and the 4 wheel drive has saved me on a couple of occasions.
It's expensive on fuel, but you don't buy a 2.8 V6 for the fuel economy - do you?
Seats are supportive, dash layout flush, classy and practical. Blue lighting is great on dark nights!
Only downsides I've found so far with this car are that 1st gear is too short and the handling doesn't feel quite as sharp as my dad's Focus 1.8.
Other than that, it feels like a Porsche-beater - even though in reality it probably isn't. I'd take one on a Boxster any day!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th July, 2004