Since nobody else posted here I will add my 2 cents. I do not own one, but I rented one in England in June for two weeks, put about 500 miles on it. I would love to have one. Unbelievable torque, I had mine stuffed with the wife, two kids, so many bags you had to sit on the trunk to get it to close, and at 70 mph when you hit the pedal it would pin you in the seat. Mine had a MPH/Gal gauge on the dash that would go up and down as you drove. At 70 mph on the motorway it stayed about 45-50 miles per gallon. Cannot help with the maintenance issues, but it was a blast to drive. Ours was built to be a rental, auto, cloth seats, cheap dash inserts, but I would own one.