Great looking car I would like to have again, and build a suitable powertrain from the ground up
Catalytic converter died at about 80K.
Timing Belt died at about 90K.
Lost several transmissions (4) due to aggressive driving style of teenager.
Drivers seatback bolts bent/broke twice (faulty design).
Floor pan seams rusted / wore through at about 110K - welded back in place.
Fun, fabulous, good-looking car that has lots of potential.
As equipped by Ford, it's performance is lackluster.
Balance / feel of handling great, slight amount of under-steer at the limit.
Great visibility and easy to work on.
Parts tremendously expensive, due to German manufacturing.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th November, 2006