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RELIABILITY: Previous Colts have generally been reliable, no serious faults reported to date. Ensure major service/belt change has been carried out on 50,000 plus mileage cars.
Check validity of 3 year Unlimited warranty. Cheap service every 9,000, major with belt change at 54,000. Erratic anti-trap electric front windows easily fixed, otherwise great.
HISTORY: MAR 1996 New Colt front wheel drive 3-door Hatchbacks launched: 1.3GLX (74 bhp) and 1.6GLX (89 bhp), with 5-speed gearbox (or optional 4-speed automatic), independent suspension, power assisted steering. Equipment: central locking, tinted glass, airbag, immobiliser, split folding rear seats, 4-speaker stereo; 1.6GLX has electric sunroof and windows, heated electric mirrors and roof spoiler.
APR 1996 1.6 Mirage launched with GLX specification plus alloy wheels, front airdam, sill extensions, front fog lights and passenger airbag.
JUN 1998 Revisions: new front bumper and headlamps; restyled rear lamp clusters; improved side impact protection; Mirage has deeper front airdam and small circular fog lamps.
JUL 1998 Special edition 1.3 'Maui' 3-door launched.
COMMENTS: Latest generation Colt is better than previous offerings: It now falls in the Supermini size with a more modern tidy style. It is well equipped and the airy cabin is only marred by a slightly cramped rear seat when full up.
More mature evolution of this superbly built Japanese hatch. Well equipped, but the ride is patchy, the gear change obstructive and a truncated rear end steals space. More Supermini than small hatch.