Bought it used from a dealer with 35,000 miles. I've been happy with the thing since we started. Keep V rated tires on it for intended performance. Now it cost about $2,000/yr in maintenance, but that's cheaper than a new one. The power is great and handling supurb.
The power and mileage are great for that vintage car. The ride and handling equally good. Comfort and trunk size great for long trips.
The boss must ride the brakes. We usually only get about 15,000 miles on a front brake job, and they chatter.
To pay $19k for a car that was over 60k and get over 5 yrs and 100k - with about $5k total in maintenence is a good deal. Still runs like a champ at 184,500 miles - you gotta take care of it.
My favorite characteristics are torque and HP, especially in the 45-85mph range, and climbing hills. Original wheels, but changed from 195/65 to 205/60 tires 50k ago and that improved handling.
The AM radio stinks, and the car runs hot, especially in city/summer conditions. The dirt shield and a 4.2LV8 take up lots of room and nowhere for heat to vacate, radiator issues and faulty wiring harness have been the key weaknesses.
WOW - What a completely thrilling
driver. This little car packs a most
excellent punch. I am absolutely
satisfied with the handling of the
vehicle, almost like a sports car.
With 140,000 on the clock the vehicle
is as tight as most new vehicles. All
round excellent vehicle, great for
road trips ... very comfy.
4.2L V8 PowerHouse Engine. Icy cold,
fast acting A/C ... even in 110'F
weather the car is comfortable early
in each small trip. Comfy seats.