changing the exhaut may give more "noise", but that is really all it will be
it's not a nice sounding engine.
I found that my 1.2 16V was a good wee car but just lacked power, obviously..
As above, get an 04 onwards though, I had a rake of problems with my 51 plate :l mostly electrical mysteries!!
And if you get a 1.2 you can always stick a sport grille and possibly bumpers and skirts if your that bothered
They can end up looking really good tbh
Iv had mine for almost a year now and iv been pretty impressed with it. Its not the fastest car in the world, but its still quite fun on twisty roads and coilovers will probably make it better. As others have said try and get one with the revised engine. Iv had some trouble with my throttle body (only needed a clean tho) and electrical issues other than that its ran great and never missed a beat.
i love my 1.2 dynamic its so slow but i dont care, it looks great because im slowly adding some subtle mods and it drives so smoothly. electric wipes and lights
i downgraded from a 182, so i know its extremely slow haha
they are rubbish on fuel and slow, un refined, noisey on the motorway, just generally horrible to drive.
dci65/80 any day of the week for the same/similar cash