A finicky bird of prey
Replaced the timing belt and assembly, at 170000kms.This included tensioner's, belts, and water-pump.
Rebuilt the head, resulting from worn valve guides and the need to re-seat the valves (typical with high kilos).
Painted the mirrors, as the clear coat flaked off.
The computer has difficulty calibrating for colder temperatures, causing erratic idle speeds (inherent problem in need of fixing).
There is a serious lack of workspace under the hood, though this is not dissimilar of any other Japanese car.
Timing belt replacement efficiency is especially hindered by the under-provided space.
I opted for the front wheel drive over the all wheel drive for a few reasons. Firstly, the FWD is 2 tenths of a second faster in the quarter than an AWD (Lighter). Secondly, the FWD has better fuel efficiency. Lastly, the transfer case on the AWD are prone to problems. Unfortunately I give up the better handling of an AWD.
This car is crazy fast. I've taken down Mustangs, Camaros', Civics, and the '95 Talon, in convincing fashion.
The interior is equally as appealing as the exterior. It's like sitting in the cockpit of an F1 car. Very cool!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th October, 2002