Total fun, very reliable while accepting a lot of abuse
Generally very reliable.
Battery failed at 92,000 miles about 5 years.
Rear main seal and cam sensor gasket at about 97,000.
New disks and pads (old pads were still good) at 100,000.
Engine mount replaced at 100,000.
A lot of fun.
Great value. Nothing came close in 1996 for the greatest bang for the buck.
The closest I could get to the feel of an Alfa Romeo (I indulged a passion for Italian sports cars from Lancia and Alfa) from an American manufacturer.
ACR version has the performance package. Adjustable suspension, up-rated shocks and springs.
Terrific handling, but I wish I had changed the tires when I first had it. now runs Yokohama AVS-i for the summer.
Annoying things would be Noise Vibration Harshness (NVH) not a good long distance tourer however I have managed almost 20,000 miles a year.
Rain drips in with the windows open, but there is a rain channel mod that the dealer can do.
Headlights are poor.
Very competitive in SCCA Solo 1 and 2 racing. I did a season of autocross Solo 1).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th April, 2002