Bodywork and fittings

General information

The model range includes 4-door Saloon, 3 and 5-door Hatchback, 5-door Estate, and 2- door Pick-up body styles.

Each body is of all-steel welded energyabsorbing monocoque construction, with a separate load-bearing rear chassis frame on P100 Pick-up models. Corrosion protection is applied to all new vehicles, and includes zinc phosphate dipping of the body panels, and wax injection of box sections and doors.

All models have flush direct-glazed fixed glass panels, and integrated polycarbonate bumpers.

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

A wide range of interior equipment and trim options are available depending on model.

The procedures given in this Chapter apply to original equipment fitments, and do not cover after-market products.

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Coolant pump/alternator drivebelt tensioner (DOHC models with power steering) - removal and refitting
Removal 1 Remove the alternator drivebelt. 2 Loosen the alternator lower mounting through-bolt, then remove the alternator upper mounting bolt and swing the alternator away from the engine. 3 Un ...

Starter motor - removal and refitting
Removal 1 Apply the handbrake, jack up the front of the vehicle and support on axle stands (see “Jacking and Vehicle Support”). 2 Disconnect the battery negative lead. 3 Working underneath the ve ...

Modulator (anti-lock braking system) - removal and refitting
Note: Whenever an ABS modulator adjuster bolt is slackened or removed, the bolt threads should be lightly coated with grease to prevent the possibility of bolt seizure. Take care not to contaminat ...