Having covered 10,000 miles now, I would love to say they were trouble free but that is not the case. My main points of concern are:
I have had the engine management system put the car in limp home mode on 4 occasions now with the dealer telling me the 'deisel particulate filter' is full of soot each time, which they clean out and reset, only for it to happen again, this is frustrating and is hampering my enjoyment of the car.
The MPG is really poor, considering that I cover 70% motorway I am returning only 41mpg, with a steady driving style, I was hoping for mid to late 40's
The 120 (8V) engine is really slow in 1st and 2nd and pick up in 2nd and 3rd is awful, the care comes into its own on the motorway where it will sit happily with the crusie control on.
I really like the driving style, position, looks and practicality of the car but my enjoyment is tainted by the issues above - it may even be they are all related and in which case if rectified I will add to this review to inform of the change of opinion.
I took delivery of my car in January 2006. I am one very proud Sportwagon owner!
Within the first 3000 miles, my car had to be returned to the garage (on tow) due to the dreaded engine management light coming on. On each occasion the garage uploaded various upgrades to cure the problem, although towards the end I started to believe that there was nothing wrong with the car. That was two months ago.
Since then, the car has performed perfectly. The drive is great, the interior is beautifully and ergonomically designed. The exterior looks even more stunning, especially from the rear.
The car is not short of extras. My children were over the moon when they discovered the auxillary connection for their iPods (to my dismay, having to listen to their music!). I even got a free upgrade of full leather interior without specifying it. I can't wait to get up in the morning and go to work!
I am a bit disappointed with the fuel consumption. I get a mediocre 38mpg. I guess this is attributed to my mainly town driving and many short journeys. On one run from London to Devon I did achieve 48mpg.
Please take this review as a definite recommendation. I've also been pleasantly surprised by compliments received from others.
I took delivery of this vehicle January 06, its a joy to drive.
Manual gearbox very positive gate change,and gear ranges just perfect.
Powerful motorway vehicle with exeptional braking and roadholding. Town driving a pleasure,easy to park.
Fuel consumption 45 mph.
A great safe easy to drive vehicle, with sat-nav system and on board phone, you just talk to the vehicle and it takes instructions for your communications in complete safety.
I selected this car as my company car mainly for its looks and price as it was pre registered therefore quite a saving.I am really pleased with my choice as its great to drive and is economical even at speed.
The only critisim i have is shared by others, the gearbox is stiff and requires gentle persuation when cold to select 2nd. The dash and interior which my son refers to as an airoplane is spoilt by tacky plastic around the area of the hand brake.
Otherwise im very pleased with my choice.
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