Cheap, reliable performance and nice lines.
I had a miss caused by fuel injector problems. Got some used on e-bay for $50 and replaced the fuel pump and it runs great now. It has leaky valve seals, which is common in that vintage GM engine, but it causes no performance problems--only a puff of smoke once in a while after start-up. I perform all my own service and repair, and most parts are cheap. I installed a Dynomax cat-back exhaust which makes it sound very nice. Not too loud, but still a muscular-sounding mellow rumble. T-Roofs leak like a sieve, and replacement weatherstripping is not cheap. The Tuned Port Injection made it about the fastest car available that year besides the Corvette.
I never had a performance car when I was young. I was 38 when I bought it freshly painted, have had it 6 years and have been very pleased with its performance. I wanted an IROC, but couldn't find one in decent shape. My Z-28 only has 15" wheels, but that reduces tire cost and improves ride. It still handles great though. It was stolen one day from my workplace, but we found it the next day sans stereo equipment, usable steering column and everything loose inside. I was glad to get it back on the road a few hundred dollars later.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th January, 2003