A fast, comfortable car which has been fun, but reliable.
I think that it is a bit more grown up than its boy racer image and following. It is quite happy to oblige when the hooligan comes out in you, but frankly it seems a bit soft when on a real charge. Handling is OK, but it seems happier (and more comfortable) when cruising swiftly and being driven smoothly. Power over-steer is always there to catch out the unwary, but it is not that progressive or predictable due to the sudden nature of the boost arriving at 3000 revs. I would rather tackle roundabouts at speed in my wife's Almera GTi. Not much can keep up with it on faster, straighter roads however. I'm sure that modification would make it sharper and more focused.
I think it still looks quite fresh although the 'penis extension' and 'Knightrider' jokes still come my way.
Fuel consumption is poor when driven hard, service costs are scary and insurance is pricey, but set this against the fact that £2000 (or less) buys a genuine 140mph coupe that goes as well as the latest breed of 200bhp hot hatches. The Nissan badge isn't fashionable, but it has been as reliable as a Micra or Sunny.
Seats are comfortable, all round vision is good, standard stereo is rubbish and there is only enough room in the back for amputees. The boot is surprisingly big however.
I do get irritated by the warm up and warm down wait that is necessary to protect the turbo, but you learn to live with it.
A tight turning circle makes it surprisingly easy to park.