Well, when I got the car, the driver's seat was a little on the broken side. Evidently the elderly gentleman who owned it before me was just a tad over weight, and with the seat being a general weak spot, couldn't take the pressure. Believe it or not, my friend spot welded the seat in 14 spots. I had a hard time finding the bracket for the seat back, so the old one was necessarily repaired.
Somebody cracked a metal part on my roof (it's a convertible), which was otherwise a brand new top. This part is cast aluminum and therefore cannot be welded, so I fixed it myself with an aluminum plate and now it works wonderfully!
The only other thing is that the seals all the way around the car probably need replacing. 15 years on soft rubber takes its toll.
I love my car. It's got a new paint job and a new top, and the engine is in perfect shape, both in the way it looks and drives. It looks like it just rolled off the show room floor.
The interior is in great shape too, other than a little fading on the cloth... no rips or tears or scuffs anywhere.
The only modification is the exhaust and it sounds wonderful.
I shipped it up from Spokane Washington to Anchorage Alaska, and I raced my dad on the way home from the port. I lost sight of my dad and the next thing I knew he passed me like I was standing still, and the race was ON. So at 70 MPH, I popped it into second gear and romped through them and at 120 in 4th I was at 4,000 rpm and still accelerating hard! My dad has a convertible turbo 900S Saab, and is nothing to scoff at on the highway, but even though he passed me with my guard off, I still caught up to him rather quickly ;)
I would very much like to see how fast it can go, but my tires do not have a high speed rating and would not fare well at 140-150 mph (the car red-lines at 6,000 rpm and I still had 5th gear, I know it will go fast).
I've only had my 5.0 a month, and am currently looking for mods that give me a little more power, not that I'm not very happy with it like it is, and better gas mileage.
I've also owned a Pontiac Fiero and a new VW Jetta, so I know what good handling is. Don't let people fool you, this car's cornering is halfway decent for what it is (a powerful muscle car), but you wouldn't want to match yourself up against something with german suspension in a set of switchbacks. I hear there are some suspension mods and chassy stiffeners that can be done.
I went on a trip from Spokane to Central Washington University, and the highway had a speed limit of 60mph. Obeying the speed limit the entire way (what can I say, with the top down you just don't have to drive as fast to have fun) I got 22 miles to the gallon. It gets good gas mileage when I treat it nice and bad when I feel like getting into a little trouble.
This isn't the fastest car on the road, but it will give most a run for their money. I love my car and I expect my convertible and I will be happy together for many years to come! I'm going into my Jr. year in College and I expect that there will be a few road trips with the top down this September!