Added: 15th of November 2013
We have loved this car, also its colour, Ascot Green. It has been extremely reliable over the 12 years we've had it, since it was new. However, as it has aged a number of small things have broken, which have been annoying. The sunshade over the driver's seat, first of all, which cost £60 to replace, and which we would not replace again. The fan has broken three times, and we have replaced it each time until the last, and will not now replace it again. That has cost about £100 for parts and labour. It functions, but only at Maximum setting, which is very irritating (and noisy). The catch in the boot door also slips regularly, and gets completely jammed, also necessitating expensive bills, as the whole door has to be taken to bits to sort this out. The remote locking also goes from time to time. The temperature gauge has completely gone, and registers random numbers such as 60 degrees, or 48, whatever it feels like, it seems. The speedometer also jams from time to time. The cam position sensor has also stopped working several times, causing the car to stop altogether (as accelerator no longer has any effect) - this can be quite scary on a busy road. However, these disadvantages are on the whole livable with, and now that the car is valued at only £50 (after being written off after a deer crashed into its side) we feel it gives us good value, as there is no problem with the general running of it - and no depreciation. We are thinking of hanging on with this car for a bit longer and buying a new one next year.