I have owned my 1.1i Forte since May 2002, and at just over five years old I have found it to be a fantastic car for the money I paid. OK the standard equipment isn't too good, but I don't spend as much time in it as I use to, and it therefore has everything that I need. There is a lot of road and wind noise flying through the cabin when travelling at speed, but this isn't very often. I currently only use it to travel about 20 miles a day. But in the second year of owning it I travelled over 120 miles a day. The driveability was brilliant, and the car was so responsive. Travelling on A roads, motorways, and inner city roads on this journey and this car has handled them all very well. The best thing about this car is the reliability, albeit apart from general wear and tear and the odd bump and scrape this car (touch wood) has never broken down anywhere. There have been many parts replaced on the car, but as previously stated these were just general wear and tear. Entire exhaust system has been replaced, had brakes and tyres done a few times, cambelt done at 75k, and most recently (at almost 100k) the cat converter and lambda sensors were changed, this may sound a lot but in a span of five years I think it is fantastic. It is currently at 102k and running more-or-less like the first day I bought it. I will be sad to see it go next year, but with our first child on the way a five door car would be more sufficient.
Sean Hudson, September 3rd 2007