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I can advise on the car and buying if you are in the UK. But I think you are elsewhere? You might want to try the twingoloversclub yahoo group/mailing list.
Here I will talk about the classic Twingo (1992-2006).
The original model (1992-1997) was quite basic, but set the precedent and design. The second major revision (1998-2006) introduced a restyling and better features. The car was updated every two years throughout it's lifespan.
Generally, it is as reliable as a Clio of the same age - mechanically they are almost identical - even down to the 1998 issue of both cars featuring problems with the airbag light becoming problematic. But generally they are very reliable cars, with few problems and a great support community. If you treat the car right it will last a long time.
The Twingo 1.2 16V model (2001-2006) is more economical and the refinements that came with that model make it the best version, in my opinion. I would avoid older models, and especially the Easy version with it's semi-automatic gearbox.
I looked long and hard before buying, finally settling on a limited edition model that had all the features I required and for a good price. All my research was done online.
Feel free to ask more questions! I have lots of links, some in English, others in French and German. I can send them to you.
ps: I see you drive a Matiz - to an untrained eye it looks quite like a Twingo - Daewoo even borrowed some design elements/idea from the Twingo.
Currently in twingo's garage:
2001 Twingo 16V "Green Fee"
Last edited by twingo; 14th January 2008 at 04:16 PM.