Great starter car, good all around performer
Routine things were done to car. This included front and rear shocks, oil, air filter, flushing out radiator, etc.
The first of two major problems was the head gasket blowing out at about 80 or 90000mi. The engine head had to be taken in and re-surfaced (cost about $300 because we did most of the work ourselves).
The second of the two major problems is what killed the car. Piston #1 blew out about one week ago at 111000mi. Rather than fix the car, I am going simply replace it.
I had my convertible top replace by an auto interiors shop. The top now looks better, but the weather-stripping is horrid. When it rains, my car leaks by the windows badly. When it snows, I get snow drifts on my seats.
The car is noisy, also. The convertible top adds no sort of noise reduction. Given a large bump, my entire top seems to want to rip away from the car.
This was my first car, and I will miss it dearly. I had the cow seat covers, the cheap, chrome hubcaps and even the "high performance" stickers on the bumpers.
This is a really great car.
It has been very good to me, as I have been good to it.
Given the problems, I accepted them as part of owning a used car.
My only complaint is that the car died too soon : (
RIP my shadow July 1998 - June 2002.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 8th June, 2002