Have owned 3 of these, and never owned another car. '86 base, '88 GTU and now my '90 Turbo II. It's a beautiful car on the outside with that perfect sports car look, but nothing too radical that will end up looking dated, even now 20 years after the design inception. The handling is top notch, and with a simple plus size tire and wheel upgrade the next time you need new tires you'll stick to the road like glue. Comments abound on the car, and most people can't believe it is a '90. It's funny how many people think the car is only 5 or 6 years old. Grab a turbo if you can, they are most definitely the most fun of the different versions. I'd love a convertible for the summer.
Handling, top end power, and exterior design. The low weight is also nice, and the car is comfortable enough for a daily driver. Interior is laid out well. With basic care the car will last a very long time.
Sunroofs have issues with rust. If you get one without a rusted sunroof I suggest getting it painted / primed underneath. Some minor electrical issues with switches, but nothing major considering a 15 year old car. Replace any exhaust parts with stainless. These cars tend to chew up exhausts.
I just love the car. I would suggest it might be a car more suited to someone willing to do his own mechanical work. Especially as they get older, even one in good condition will likely need some attention. Incredibly fun car, can be had cheap, and the design looks surprisingly up to date, not losing much to newer cars on the road today in the looks category. Great option for an affordable sports car, that can respond very well to modification. The turbo models can be hard to come by, if you get one, take care of her!
Turbocharged, great handling, excellent looks, good budget buy. Of course the rotary engine is an interesting piece of machinery. If you need parts, they can be had fairly cheap as well.
They were notorious for coming out of the factory with low quality paint jobs, and poor wiring; this is only made worse after 17+ years. It is hard to fault an aging car for many other problems.
extremely fast car, fun to drive. has
minor reliability quarks but they'r
worth the trouble. turbo boosts well
at 6.5 psi. dont drive in rain or snow
because traction is minimal. and
sometimes traction is bad on old roads
but only when driving with a heavy