I highly recommend these cars to anyone looking for a fun, reliable car at a great price. I live in the mountains and enjoy my drive down to work and back up every day. The car handles great and is a joy to push hard through the turns. While the engine could stand a few more HP, the torque is good enough that I can carry plenty of speed without the need to downshift. If you need more power to keep you happy, there is an allmost endless supply of aftermarket parts and turbo kits.
Plain and simple, the way the car handles. It's a lot of fun to leave the more expensive cars with more power so far behind.
I used Eibach Pro Kit springs, KYB AGX struts and front and rear strut braces. I also went with 17" wheels with 215/45 tires. I plan to upgrade the sway bars next then maybe start saving for a turbo kit.