so theres a lot of stuff that goes wrong with this car. coolant elbow under alternator goes bad, blower motor only works on 5, and some other little quirks. but thats not where i want to go with this review.
This is a SOLID CAR. i beat the crap out of my car for 8 years. from 118k to 212k miles i drive it hard. always changed the oil. the only thing that happened is 3rd gear stopped working. and honestly im surprised it lasted as long as it did with all the burnouts and snow doughnuts i did.
HUD is the coolest feature of this car even though i never used it. and the range meter.
We bought the car with 15x,xxx miles and sold it to my friend with 205,xxx and it ran great, only left us stranded once, it overheated and boiled coolant out, but we were going 90+ mph through oklahoma during 95+ degree heat. we seen that coming. drove it on a 2500 mile trip and went 3000-5000 miles between oil changes, like said beat to hell in every way and always started and rarely got stuck. he now has 225,xxx miles on it and said it runs perfect
My grandmother purchased this vehicle new back in '97. Since then it has passed down to me. From a teen's point of view, it is pretty much all you can ask for as the engine doles out plenty of torque and noise on the high end of the rev range, yet is perfectly capable of being composed highway cruiser. We have taken numerous camping trips and the cavernous trunk would swallow up any gear we threw in. However, as I grew, the back seats really became unbearable as they sit so low to the ground your knees are practically digging into your chest and you worry your bum will scrape the pavement. (a slight exaggeration) All in all our car has held up over the years and is still in full use today.
Strong engine, transmission doesn't "second guess" in gear changes and are predictable, supportive front seats, aggressive exterior styling, decent highway mileage for a 3.8L V6 (I average 27 mpg without straining) Handles modestly well (grandma crashed early on and since then had to get a brace for the chasis)
As I mentioned, the rear seats, questionable build quality: some plastic bits started cracking, seals in lights started breaking (occurred after 10 years of ownership)
I bought this car in 1998 with 25,000 miles on it. Options I have and have appreciated are alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, power driver's seat and rear spoiler. I have put 206,600 more miles on it in the ensuing 12+ years. It has been a joy to drive. Naturally over that long there has been a few water pumps, a couple of alternators, replaced the radiator in '07, intake manifold last year in '10, oxygen sensor, engine mount, spark plugs...sigh. I dealt with all that, hoping to drive it even longer, but the transmission is slipping has been given a terminal notice by my trustworthy mechanic, and he won't touch it.
I've always loved the looks of this car. It looks very sporty and attractive from both the front and the rear (esp. with the rear spoiler). The 3.8L engine has been a true work-horse, and I have never babied it (never been afraid to use it like I mean it.)
I congratulate the woman who got over 300,000 miles who wrote a review earlier. Kudos. I don't know how your transmission lasted.
I would have wished the transmission had lasted longer. An automatic transmission going out in a front-wheel drive is like getting brain cancer - it's a terminal diagnosis.
My new car will not have an automatic transmission. They wear out faster than the rest of the car. When they are done the car is done.