08 December 2013
Most boring car in the world! It never breaks down, no rattles, no leaks, starts fist time summer and winter, everything works, no problems after six years ownership, I tell a lie, I had to buy tyres. Really boring.
Bought new as a company car in January 2006. I’d already had a new 2005 one in petrol form for 45,000 miles and changed companies so asked for another. Got this diesel one! MPG disappointing at first, but a software upgrade helped to get to 32mpg and now a cheap eBay tuning chip/box has now got it to 38.5mpg and 34mpg when towing a loaded four wheel trailer. Car is now at 148,000 miles. Problems: Clutch made a funny tinkling sound when accelerating from 38,000 miles onwards. Garage didn’t do anything about it although I asked at every service. Finally the clutch was about all but finished at 115,000 miles. When it was changed they found a broken clutch plate and wear could be seen on one of the springs where it had been touching the flywheel (so hence that tinkling sound I’d heard). Mine has all the added toys like the heated leather seats etc., for a good price although the plastic interior marks easily. A few issues with the heater; the switchover controls are not working, and it has one leaky damper and a worn front suspension bush, but all of this has been done under warranty. Cam belt changes at 70,000 miles aren’t cheap, but all in all a damn fine vehicle both on and off road (OK, fields and beaten tracks!)
This car is very good for long distance. Made it from London to Valletta, Malta with no problems at all. Bought second-hand with 13000 miles. It is a little thirsty, had 24.4per gallon.
Bought mine as a pre-registered zero-miler. There’s only really one description ... "it does just what it says on the tin"! After three years, I still rate it - the spec is excellent, it’s a little thirsty and the trade-in price will be low, but does that matter when you bought it many thousands below its EU under-spec’d equivalents?
Bought this car to replace our Mercedes A-Class following a cramped trip to Wales with three adults a dog and luggage ! The car is a dream and we bagged one with 16k on the clock and 3 years warranty for under £9,000. Huge space, really comfortable seats and a massive loadspace - fantastic ! It looks stylish and the spec is huge - electric windows, aircon, a superb stereo and plenty of nooks to store things - even a "curry hook" - they thought of everything ! Very smooth to drive and a great gearbox - makes the Vitara seem like a tank. Road noise and wind noise is there, but not much and the engine is very quiet. Don’t worry about reports about fuel cost - this one does about 30 mpg - better than most. A lot of good quality car for your money. If you are thinking of this car - just buy it !!!
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