My first American Muscle car! It took me 4 years, but I finally got some muscle.
I bought the car from an "As Is" dealer that obviously didn't even take a look at the car. The interior was trashed. You want to know what dirty and messy looks like? I should have taken pictures. Fast Food wrappers, razor blades, plastic baggies, sand, dirt, etc. The tires nearly were stripped to the rims. It was bad. The previous owner even felt the need to TWO TONE the paint job. Yes, top half = black, bottom half = silver. The travesty to this car was borderline illegal.
But...it only had 71,000 miles on it. For an eleven year old car, I'll take it.
This car is quick! This car uses all 285 ft/lbs. of torque it has, and then some! I have to admit I was looking for a Camaro or a Firebird, and still am actually, but this will definitely do. The acceleration is excellent. The straight line performance is top notch, it almost amazes me that there is only a 4.6 liter engine underneath the hood.
The ride is very bumpy. That's to be expected though because the suspension is ridiculously tight on this car. Any bumps or cracks in the road, and you are going to be jolting up and down.
The interior is modest, a bit too cramped for my tastes (I'm 6-1), but very Ford-ish. Lots of curves and single color schemes. The back seat is a complete joke for any person over the age of 10. But when kept clean, it looks very nice from an aesthetic point of view. It compliments the front seats.
As for some minor gripes, this gear box is ridiculous. I have never seen such long throws in a car. Perhaps since I'm coming from a Celica it seems extra heavy and long, but come on. The second to third gear gate is dangerous, and I have grinded gears one too many times because of the awkward "angle" the shift knob is located at. The clutch is also very honest, and doesn't grab until it is nearly not depressed at all. Unless you time it perfect, the car will buckle.
Also, cornering in this car is at your own risk! The rear end will get away from you if you do not take turns smart. I have spun out a few times with the bad tires it had on before, but after replacing the rear tires, I can take corners with a lot more confidence now.
I also mentioned the paint job, which really takes away from the beauty of this car. I am debating whether I should go ahead and just fork out the ridiculous amount of money it will cost just to get it one color again, or if I should just save the money and buy a GM Muscle Car. We'll see...
Other than that, this car is a blast to drive and I will never go back to foreign "rice" ever again. As an American, I feel I am finally experiencing what every red-blooded American needs to before they die. And that is driving American Muscle!