I put 300,000 miles on one of these
May 31, 2018
At this point, I don't think I'd buy another because the few surviving examples are approaching 30 years old. But, this is a solid, fun car. Over 25 years, and 300,000 miles, I replaced a few radiators, alternators, water pumps, the top a couple times, window motors, exhaust... Most everything that can be replaced. But not at a rate I would consider unreasonable for that length of time or distance. This car isn't super fast, but I wouldn't consider it under-powered either. The suspension is fantastic for what it is, and this car shines on winding country roads, especially with the top down. Parts are starting to become difficult to find, and having a good mechanic available is a must for diagnosing problems. These were built in Australia. 20 years ago, I recommended these to anyone. Today, if you can find one in good shape, and have access to a good mechanic that likes working on unusual vehicles this is a fun, generally reliable, quirky, unusual car that can be had for a song. But buy with the understanding that they weren't intended to last 30 years. My "would you recommend this car to a friend" answer is limited to good examples of this car, and friends with a touch of mechanical ability and an understanding of how cars age. I would not recommend this car to a first time car buyer who finds one for $500.