Don't get me wrong, it drives well for a car its age, but it runs into the same issues as other cars that are 50 years old. Hearing some talk you'd think it was pure adrenaline and sex, but it isn't. It's an above average classic sports car; uncomfortable, hot, too little suspension, too small brakes, and really too light in the rear to hold traction. It's like... this is sacrilege, it's like an early 70s muscle car, with better sound and sweeter lines. Maybe I'm polluted by RMR layouts, but I've yet to find an original
FE car from, say, before 1968 that gives me much confidence at speed, it's the same problem I have with old `vettes (the `57 I got notwithstanding, it's a C6 Z06 with a C1 body). The people that drove cars such as these at speeds over 150MPH had balls of steel.
Went with my detail guy to go look at cars locally, he needed some buying advice and I wanted to see what the lot had (it's like the biggest one within 200 miles). The place is massive, so big in fact that the salesmen take the customers around the lot in golf carts, with ice chests in the back, filled with sodas (beer is on the very bottom). He wanted a sports car and had a budget of $15k-ish, which is the most he could spend in cash and I told him if he got a loan from those vampires I'd pull his toenails out with pliers. They advertise 9.9% APR like it's a blessing.
Anyway, after a while we narrowed it down to 3 cars; a 2010 RX-8, an `09 Pontiac Solstice GXP, and an `04 Boxster. I'm not kidding, we found G2 Boxster (silver) for sub-15 grand, and it was clean and unmolested, too. The first 2 were okay, the Solstice was quicker than I thought it would be and was a better deal than the Mazda, but they were both eclipsed by the Boxster. We both drove it and I have to say I'm stunned over how much car it was for the money, it wasn't the S, and it didn't have a lot of options, except for the steering wheel controls, TC/ESC, and leather interior, but it outperformed the others by an order of magnitude.
So then we sat with the salesman and the guy was so excited he was ready to hand over all his money, kids.
"What are you doing?" "It's $15,500, and it's already on sale." (How cute.) "Oh really?"
I showed him how we do it in the front office.
By the time we were done, the salesman was sweating and pale, and the sales manager was swearing and reaching for his heart medication. Well, it's the kid's money and he worked hard for it, he'd need some left over for a second set of wheels and track tires, new brakes, plus tune it up some. We got it for $12,700 OTD, he was pretty happy, but I don't think they want to see me come back, ever. They didn't even detail it (my guy would do a better job) or try to pitch the aftermarket warranty. He mentioned something about it and I stared at him.