Fun, fast, well handling, reliable sleeper with so much to offer
The paint started peeling off soon after purchase (inherent issue with GM vehicles at the time).
The drivers seat 6 way manual adjuster broke twice (replaced under warranty both times). I finally fabricated a heavy duty fix for it so it would hold my big butt! (I am 6'2" 250lbs)
I blew a head gasket at 40,000 miles. Oldsmobile fixed it for me under warranty.
This car was the funnest, most exhilarating bang for your buck I have ever owned! It cost less than $15,000 new, out accelerated Mustang 5.0's, was stylish, and handled extremely well with the FE3 suspension package that it had. Of the cars I have owned in my 40 years of life, this is the one I miss the most!
The Muncie/Getrag 5 speed manual was a bit notchy, but I added a Teflon additive that took care of that. It shifted smooth as butter after I added it.
I did a few modifications to the engine, including an intake mod, higher flow exhaust, and computer chip. The 150 horsepower engine was putting a little over 200 hp to the ground when I was done. 0-60 times in my car were 5.8 seconds, and the quarter mile went by at a personal best of 13.2 seconds at 104 mph!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th August, 2010