• Summary

    4 out of 5 4.0

    What does this car say about you?

    That I've grown out of the boy-car stage and now have a sensible choice.

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

    Don't know, don't care.

    Would you buy this car again and why?

    No - but only because, after seven years and 120,000 miles, I'd like a change. It has been reliable and returned 50+mpg over the time I've has it.

    What are you likely to buy next?

    larger diesel estate.

  • Buying experience

    3 out of 5 3.0

    Type of dealer you bought from?


    Did you buy this car new?


    What price did you pay?


    When did you buy the car?

    October 2004

    Did you get a good deal and why?

    Reasonable. Traded an old BMW 7.

    Is there any special reason why you bought this car?

    Economy, simplicity, reliability

    What was the dealer like?


  • Driving it

    4 out of 5 4.0

    What's it like to drive?

    Not exciting! Flexible engine (less changing than my wife's diesel Focus).

    What's it like to park?


  • Living with it

    4 out of 5 4.0

    Have you had any problems with the car?

    Warranty repairs: wheel bearing, LCD display panel, a/c compressor.

    What's most practical about your car?

    500 litre boot (why do bigger cars have smaller boots?). Complete reliability.

    Favourite gadget, option or accessory?

    Trip computer, double CD player (cassette & slot).