Car is NOT a turbo, however is still REALLY FUN TO DRIVE and can handle daily driving against all the modern cars...The ES is not going to win any races so please don't buy this Stealth model with that in mind, buy the turbo instead....The ES is best experienced on the highway where it's quick, agile and very comfortable for front passengers. It's a true GT cruiser and people usually either love it or hate it especially because of the awkward rear spoiler...I like this car as 2nd car that I don't happen to drive often...I live in Southern California so the weather helps keep this car in great condition...I was going to sell it, but the more I've driven it over the years the more I absolutely love this car..
I bought this car used with about 66,000 miles and have had it until present April 2010 with 182,000 mi. It has performed very well. It always starts up in cold weather and runs well. I have had to repair it of course (normal wear and tear) but I like this car a lot and was (is still to a degree) a head turner. Very quick and fun to drive. Since it is FWD it pulls well in the snow but it has low clearance so if its more than 4 inches of snow I get stuck. I am about to buy a new car and will probably sell it. If I could afford to keep 2 cars I would keep it. I am sure this car would/will do 1 million miles.
Best looking sports car under 50k. Reliable. Quick and handles well for a large sports car.
An enthusiast's machine for Dodge dollars. Great handling on tight mountain curves, even in snow (#1 ski car). I just wave politely @ Subarus and SUVs when I pass them to get first tracks. Classic exterior, nothing else like it. 210 horses before the K&N air filter and 3 in. exhaust. So fun it makes commuting a blast. The bad news: expensive maintenance/repair, especially parts (timing belt, water pump, throttle body...). Needs premium gas to reach its peak. Mine has 89K miles as of 1/06, has needed choke repair, T belt/water pump, dome light sensor switch on door, currently has small leak in clutch hydraulics. Not much considering the daily pleasure of cruising it around in all conditions.
Performance, visual appeal, uniqueness, interior layout, handling. Sportiest front-drive I've found. Easy to oil change. Decent gas mileage, 29 @ 75 mph at Colorado elevations. Drive a nice one of these, you'll get the picture.
Very expensive parts/service. Diamondstar quality is better than American, not on a par with Honda/Toyota. Stealthy, yes, but could they make it invisible to police?