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  • Summary

    3 out of 5 3.0

    What does this car say about you?

    Practical and likes quality even if it is old.

    What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?

    It was once described as a Hearse!

    Would you buy this car again and why?

    Probably because it is quiet and relaxing to drive but also fun. Cost of repairs of "known faults" and the rusting are however a turn off.

    What are you likely to buy next?

    Not sure, another Estate or 4x4. Fancy a Volvo XC70 or XC60 or Citroen C5 Estate.

  • Buying experience

    4 out of 5 4.0

    Type of dealer you bought from?


    Did you buy this car new?


    What price did you pay?


    When did you buy the car?

    November 2005

    Did you get a good deal and why?

    Traded in my old Citroen. He asked me what I thought it was worth. I told him £500 and he said he would knock the £500 off the price if I didn't trade in the Citroen so I got to sell it privately - double saving!

    Is there any special reason why you bought this car?

    Practical and posh.

    What was the dealer like?

    Easy to deal with and laid back.

  • Driving it

    5 out of 5 5.0

    What's it like to drive?

    Took some getting used to after always driving front wheel drives before. Good fun, speedy, comfortable, QUIET, good gears and steering. Very good overall (except on snow).

    What's it like to park?

    Easy even with the faulty rear parking sensors because all around visability is very good.

  • Living with it

    5 out of 5 5.0

    Have you had any problems with the car?

    Lots has gone wrong eg Blown Turbo Faulty central locking Broken springs - twice. Rust on front wings and bonnet Airbag warning light that will not turn off . Faulty parking sensors etc,etc,etc.

    What's most practical about your car?

    Economy - I get between 49 and 67 mpg.

    Favourite gadget, option or accessory?

    Cruise control, very relaxing on trip to the South of France. Only had to turn it off going around Paris in the traffic.