Good used deal off eBay.
Insurance is high (15), but you get 38mpg. VVC engine is expensive for big services (60k / head gasket).
On the road
Sporty drive (stiff springs, low ride). Not a very agile chassis.
Very satisfying, not just good looks (like the 1.6).
Living with it
Only had it 2 weeks (but it needed a new head gasket upon delivery at 78k miles).
Full cream leather. Purple/blue flip paint, excellent coupe shape - great to be seen in.
Stiff springs means bumpy inner-city ride - roof panels squeak on every turn, but I don't mind. Would like aircon, though.
Security and Service
Immobiliser should stop it going anywhere - good enough.
Found a cheaper-than-most dealer. Got lots done at same time, so saved some dosh.
Problems and Ownership
Did you buy the car new?
Would you buy the same model again?
Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?