I did not know this car exsisted until the spring of 2009. I knew of the base and turbo model but not the T-5R trim. I was surprised of the deal I got on the car but the market was right, I had the ca...
I did not know this car exsisted until the spring of 2009. I knew of the base and turbo model but not the T-5R trim. I was surprised of the deal I got on the car but the market was right, I had the car inspected, and cash on hand. I had to travel 1,500 miles to purchase it but it was worth the effort.
The car had low miles and is the yellow color which is very rare. I did not test the car's ability until after I had the motor mounts checked and the timing belt replaced. Took the car to D-Max in Charlotte and was able to do the 1/4 mile in 14.6 seconds. No tune up, no mods. I would NOT recommend you get this car for a teenager, just to fast. I put 30,000 miles on it in about 12 months, loved almost every minute of it.
Very little in the car has fallen apart. The only thing that was broken on the interior was the arm rest and the front edge of the drivers seat had a small hole worn in it (very common). The exterior was also in good shape other than the fact that the front lower spoiler was replaced with the standard turbo style, common because the T-5R lip is low and usually broken on parking spot stops.
Common problems for this car include the following: A/C Evaperator leak ($1,500), Two engine mounts, PCV breather system, Headlight wiper motor.
Good: The motors, when oil changes have been done, will go forever, likely over 400,000 miles. I get 25 mpg around town and 32 on the freeway (63 mph), when I drive like it matters. Seats are very comfortable, car pretty quiet, smooth ride.
BAD: T-5R low profile tires are easily damaged by road, ride is sporty (not luxary soft), and did I mention that the low profile tires suck?