This car has had very little go wrong with intergalactic mileage, however some things have required attention. Wheel bearings, A-arm bushings and CV boots (about every 100,000mi or so), and clutch master cylinder (about every 80,000mi). I have a digital dash that will need a bulb replacement every 60,000mi or so (many people will have the whole cluster replaced, when only a light bulb is needed. Considering the mileage intervals, this it all very minor.
This is the best car I have ever owned! Period! Granted that it is not as fast a some modern cars, it out handles practically anything on the road even by today's standards. It has great low end torque for hill climbing and offers outstanding reliability. Having 345,000mi (yes that's miles) with the original engine/transmission speaks for itself. Believe it or not, my car still runs and drives like it did when it was new (no, I'm not kidding). Change the oil every 3000mi, as this motor really likes clean oil due to it's hydraulic lifters. The clutch will last 250,000+ if not abused (and I do a lot of downshifting). I do my own maintenance on the CGT, and find it to be fairly straightforward, with little in the way of computers and stuff to complicate things. Despite the electronic look of the instruments, it is a very mechanical car with a small mixture control computer to optimize performance. The CGT has a very comfortable ride and handles responsively, giving tons of feedback to the driver through the steering wheel. If pushed to the limit, the CGT will understeer, but judicous power application will pull the car around a turn entered too quickly. The car has a surprisingly large amount of room for a "sports coupe", with a good amount of legroom in the rear and very comfortable seats. In short... I will never sell my Coupe and feel that it is an absolute steal for the going prices, provided that the car has been well maintained and everything is in working order (parts can be expensive). Be thorough in your prepurchase. Find a pampered one because an abused or improperly maintained CGT can cost a lot to restore.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th June, 2004