96, 2 ltr, 5 door hatchback, 113,000 mls, Owned for nearly 2 yrs, bought for £250. Previously, I think a rep's car from every piece of service history which I gained with the car - quite a book, not surprising given it's age, nothing major during that time. Inside it was mint, semi bucket seats, even the drivers seat was mint given the mileage. Have had better ride quality in other cars, but the engine is brill, nought to 6o off the shovel, really surprised compared to so called quicker cars I've had in the past. I've replaced 1 front shocker, and what I consider ordinary motoring costs, ie. brake pads,new rear exhaust box and 2 front tyres. Everything well until gearbox/diff went. Attempted repair 3 times within a matter of 2 months, now decided to go for a fresh gearbox etc. which I would advise any readers to do if difficulty with gearbox/diff is encountered, it will save a lot of messing about being transported back to your mechanic and any extra costs therein. Despite this I am still awaiting the return of my vehicle with enthusiasm. I got the car cheap and will have spent about £500 by the time I get it back, but overall for £750 for so far 2 yrs driving to date, still a bargain. Watch this space!
Paul Douglas Hefferman, February 9th 2008