General description

The body is of welded steel construction available in 3 or 5-door Hatchback, 3 or 5- door Estate, soft-top Cabriolet, or Van configurations.

The body is of monocoque construction and is of energy-absorbing design.

Rust and corrosion protection is applied to all new vehicles and includes zinc phosphate dipping and wax injection of box sections and door interiors.

All body panels are welded, including the front wings, so it is recommended that major body damage repairs are left to your dealer.

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    Brake drum - inspection and renewal
    Note: Before starting work, refer to the note at the beginning of Section 2 concerning the dangers of asbestos dust. 1 Whenever a brake drum is removed, brush out dust from it, taking care not to ...

    Front brake disc - inspection, removal and refitting
    Note: Before starting work, refer to the warning at the beginning of Section 2 concerning the dangers of asbestos dust. Inspection 1 Fully apply the handbrake then loosen the front roadwheel bolt ...

    Airflow meter - removal and refitting
    Note: A tachometer and an exhaust gas analyser will be required to check the idle mixture on completion. 1 Disconnect the battery negative lead. 2 Depress the locking clip on the airflow meter wi ...