This was my first manual transmission vehicle, so I learnt how to use it quickly. I got the car off a guy who stripped it to bits and cleaned it all up. It was absolutely stunning, inside and out.
Standard tyres and wheels are just not enough for it. Had to put in new 15" Mugen wheels with some decent rubber. Also had an intake installed.
It was a little tight sometimes, and the seats could have been more comfy. However I found that all those little compartments were very helpful, and all controls were easy to reach. My friend was quite solid build of 184cm, and he found it to be roomy enough and never complained.
No complaints. I sold it over 1 year later with only $100 less than the price I got it for, but only because I gave the man a discount because I thought he was a cool dude. Consumption was at best 6 litres/100km, but I am never doing that again. It was boring drive. Usually around 7. Parts and everything to maintain were everywhere, and not expensive compared to other vehicles.
3. Road handling
Does what you want it to do. A little overweight, but the steering was precise, and the entire steering system was flawless. Also the overall handling is to envy. You can definitely keep up with other cars with greater names around corners.
I had the top of the range 170bhp Myiagi limited edition with a different exhaust. It was not coming alive until after 6000rpm, but it was going. Faced a few other cars in races with Mazda Familia Turbo, Honda Prelude Type S, Toyota Altezza, and I left the place with my head up high. It was competing with all of them under acceleration, braking and handling.
The car pretty much was maintained by the book. I had it serviced every 5000km's, and it showed because it was just as good after a year of stupid teen learning to drive a manual and racing it. It looked just as good, and it was just as solid as day 1.
To tackle the subject of roof leaking and squeaking. I only had one leak ever, when in torrential rain, I stopped short in a gas station to wait for the other car to move, and the entire water from roof was landing on the top corner of my window... obviously had a small leak. Roof was not rattling too much. It was the odd squeak, but not as bad as other del Sols. BUT IT WAS MAKING A BIT OF NOISE.