Owned this car for almost 10 years, love it almost as much as my family. It stays parked most of the winter, but now that spring has sprung, pop the top and hit the twisties. It handles like a slot car, nothing tracks better. Not the most powerful, but the horsepower race is overrated. Mine is a 5 speed, a 6th cog would be nice, but NEVER would I consider a self-shifter. Car is all smiles :-) Even 12 years old I still find people gathering around it in parking lots.
Handling handling handling. Comfort at speed. Built like a Swiss watch, (almost) everything screams quality. And a drop top to boot.
6th gear, glass rear window, faster top mechanism. All these have been addressed in later models, but would not trade for any of these (even if I could afford it). They don't have the same panache.