I was looking for a more comfortable weekend getaway car to replace my 1966 Corvette roadster. I bought a low mileage 1993 Northstar Florida car with a hardtop.
This car is fun to drive!! It handles very well, has a comfortable ride and seats, accelerates with authority (matches a 1973 454 Corvette in the quarter mile and has a higher top speed -144 MPH) and gets decent fuel economy (24 -25 MPG highway). The exhaust note is subdued at part throttle and throaty when you get on it. The 295 HP DOHC V8 is torquey and revs aggressively to its 6500 RPM shift points. The trunk is huge, there's a large interior storage area, fine leather, power everything and a nice sounding audio system.
Well balanced handling, responsive steering, quick acceleration, the Northstar engine is a gem (basic engine is still in production), the classy and classic Pininfarina design still looks contemporary, sweet sounding, baritone exhaust note (not like your father's Cadillac), large storage area behind the front seats, mid-size car like 15 ft3 carpeted trunk, very comfortable seats, luxurious interior, good gas mileage, surprisingly low price, quiet interior (with the hardtop on), well controlled, comfortable ride, foglamps work well, quality speakers, high revving engine (6700 RPM redline), 2nd looks by SL/XJS/Cadillac drivers, puts a smile on my face every time I push it on a winding road.
Quality control wasn't world class in 1993, lots of squeaks with the hardtop on, fussy convertible top latching system, brakes could be stronger, dated IP design
Just joined in on the fun with everyone. Please will some one out there take moment to console me on HOW to properly work the convert top, at the moment I fold down I hear this horrible click noise that drives you crazy and the back rim bar gets stuck on the rear hook ? I think I need to fold top up close together before I drop down Help Thanks to all, otherwise just love my PININ
Have had mine since Jan/2001.
I knew the 93 was special w/the Northstar system.
It has always been a pleasure to drive...and I drive hard and agressive and the car takes it all and askes for more. Power, handeling matches a Corvette. Styling is and always will be timeless, thanks to Pinnin Farina.
I am amazed how cheaply they're selling for these days. As much of a headache this car is, I'd have seller's remorse if I got rid of it. But the cost & frequency of repair has exceeded the amount I paid for this car. Quirks abound!
Yet this car will get very collectible at some point. Just don't know when. But it's a Caddy w/Italian styling, power and it IS a roadster!
Timeless styling. Power & performance. The amount of room for a 2-seater.
CD player. Cheap leather seat covers. Cruise control on turn signal lever. A power top would be nice, but you don't have to be rocket scientist to work the existing top....too many complainers on that.
I ordered a brand new black 1990 and loved it! thought I would order a 1994 but when I learned "93" would be the last year I ordered the "Pearl Red" just like the Indy Pace car. I am a female that is a car nut. I wash my cars by hand and do excellent preventative maintenance on them. I have a second car for the last 10 years which has saved mileage on my "93". I have virtually no problems except the CD player no longer plays and a problem when I lock it from the inside passenger door upon re-entry with the key the alarm goes off so I get out and lock it and unlock using the key.
Sound of the exhaust and the quiet North Star engine power and response. Excellent digital dash and great instrument placement.
I feel as the top gets older it is harder to lift and also to fold down. Wish it had a fully operational convertible top.
It is like a magic carpet ride. Performance is more than adequate and you will get many positive comments about its styling. With the current depressed pricing for this car, it is an excellent value for an occasionally used second or third car.
I love the styling and the comfort of the seats.
I would like to have storage pockets and the cupholders are not the best.