From what I've read the pre-facelift model (this one) doesn't suffer from the dual-mass fly wheel issues, certainly doesn't exhibit any of the characteristics you've described!
The battery died during the cold weather earlier this year, all good now though. I've made a point of letting the glow plug light go out before starting her (and told wife to do same
Seats and belts are A1. The centre belt at the rear wouldn't pull out but i've had it appart and fixed that.
It's filthy at the moment. Will be cleaning it tomorrow PM. Pics up Sunday ok for you?