Have Loved this Car for 10 years now Still Rolling
written on 03-28-2016
GT 2dr Convertible (3.8L 6cyl 5A)
This is a really fun car to drive, The top comes down and back up with no issues 10 years. Have not had a single repair in the 63,500 miles I have put on it. Replaced the Battery, Tires in 2013 and other than that nothing except the recommended services such as Oil Changes. Update: in 2016 the Convertible top developed a small rip near one of the ribs on the Drivers side. Mind you this car has sit outside in Kansas City Winters and Summers since 2007. I went to a local place called Top King. Had one panel in Drivers side seat Leather repaired & Complete Top replaced. They did a great job and good as new. Mechanically absolutely nothing other than Oil/Change service done at intervals recommended in manual. Dealer went out of business but found great Factory service center on other side of town.
I have owned three convertibles prior to this one and it is by far the best value and hottest looking one I have owned. It is gorgeous, fun-to-drive and and very spacious inside. The top stowage system is superb and works flawlessly. The brakes are great. However, I am not happy that this is such a heavy car with the same horsepower as a Pontiac Solstice, which is half as big. What gives? My engine should have another 100 horsepower to really move. All-in-all, there is no other car to compare at this price. I drove the Miata, Solstice, BMW Z4, 300Z and none have the roomy interior, killer sound system, awesome top and "drool appeal."
When looking for a new vehicle I wanted a convertible with front-wheel drive that fit my golf clubs for a reasonable price. This car fits all four criteria. My son always said,"Dad, get a fun car." Well, that's what I got. This car is just a joy to drive-comfortable, quiet, and great sound system with fingertip controls. Personally, my complaint is that now when I need a car to fit four, I don't have one. The complaint about the car itself, though, is the blind spot. It IS difficult to see out the back and side of this car-no doubt. But my criteria was met and if I concern myself with just that, then I made a great choice. I get about 18 mpg locally and 27 highway. And don't forget, it takes premium gas. I get nothing but oohs and ahhs, with this car and I love it.
It's been a really fun car for 6000 miles in 2 months. From Phoenix to Ohio and back, it was great. Not quite enough leg support for longer journeys for tall people, but a small price. I've read multiple reviews here, and those with certain issues should read their owner's manual. It specifically conveys to NOT clean the car via an automated car wash. It specifically conveys that if the CD changer "overheats", it WILL shut down to protect the system. These are really incidentals in the grand scheme. I do wish that I didn't have to take it to a dealer to change the gear box fluid of my 5 speed. I've never done that in my life for cars that went 200K, but it is what it is.
Bought 2007 in 2008 - w/ 8k miles as factory executive used car from local Mitsubishi dealer. Since I was unfamiliar w/ it I wasn't looking for this model - styling and Sunburst Orange color caught my eye. It is very economical to own and often get compliments. I have never owned a car for so long nor so many miles - love driving it w/ top down in the summer. Never driven in the winter - but it does have front wheel drive.