A lot of car for the money, but depreciation is reduced during the summer due to the targa top.
Very expensive experiences in my short period of ownership and the previous owner's too - more down to the age of the car. Speed sensors are a rip-off, as are power steering pipes.
On the road
Very responsible and sure-footed. Sports suspension upgrades help increase positive feel. Brakes are not great!
It has the 'grin-factor' that makes the £400 garage bill worthwhile. No lag from the turbo, which makes it very capable of overtaking. More bhp per tonne than a Scooby and apart from the new RS Focus, one of the most powerful front wheel cars ever made.
Living with it
Turbo needs treating with care. Age of parts will mean that they will fail and require replacing. Gearbox identified as a weak point. Engines are not over stressed but uprate head gasket - essential.
Still looks the business and looks the business when tastefully customised.
Great driving position, seats comfortable and supportive and good visibility.
Security and Service
A Thatcham Cat 1 alarm would be advisable due to the desirability of this car and the standard equipment is not that great.
Wrights of Sleaford - excellent all round service.
Problems and Ownership
Oil pressure switch failed and turbo coolant hose split.
ABS speed sensors and power steering pipes.
Did you buy the car new?
Would you buy the same model again?
Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?