When I got the car inspected prior to purchase, the mechanic outlined a few things, these included:
1) Front brake disks had developed grooves
2) Rear dust boots had started to crack
3) All the belts in the engine needed replacement, which is expected at 153,000 km
4) The air-conditioning fan switch only operated on Level 4, and not on Levels 1,2,3. Problem being the control resistor, which costs about $70.
After owning a Mitsubishi Lancer 98 Model, which was also an immaculate car in terms of maintenance and looks, this car still managed to satisfy my "Rev-thirsty" soul.
The SR20-DE engines are quite powerful, even with the air-conditioning on. The car can easily beat most other non-turbo sports cars at a drag. The engine does not seem to complain about revving up to even 5,500 rpm. With a larger exhaust, noise becomes very solid yet toned.
The interior is in surprisingly good condition after 12 years of usage.
Fuel economy seems OK, I've done about 265 kilometres on 3/5 of a tank which would mean about 10-11 kilometres to a liter, which is not bad at all.
Overall, I think it's a very good buy, I would definitely recommend this car to anyone seeking an economical sports car.