One of the best driver's cars of the 80s
Cam seal started leaking at 130k miles, replaced.
Turbo bearings failed at 142k miles, replaced.
Valve seals are leaking slightly, causing an occasional puff of smoke at startup.
Extremely fun car to drive. The SVO isn't a straight-line car like the V8s. This car was designed to compete against touring cars like the BMW 3-series. Twisty-road handling is incredible, 4-wheel disc brakes, Koni shocks, and 16" aluminum wheels all from the factory makes this a serious road car.
Not a large aftermarket for the 2.3 turbo, but parts from other cars can be adapted to work. Fairly easy to make good power from the small engine.
If you drive one, be prepared to answer a lot of questions from curious people. (main question is "Does that have a 5.0?").
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd March, 2003