The most reliable car I have ever owned
January 6, 2019
I bought my all black, 07 roadster brand new. I have never had any mechanical issues, not a single one. The AC is still blowing factory air. Every single original bulb interior/exterior still works. This car is unbelievably reliable. I am on my 3rd convertible top but that's only because the 1st replacement turned out to be cheaply mainfactured. I got 9 years out of the original top. Thankfully the current top is of higher quality this time (cloth) and not the cheap vinyl that was the original as well as the 1st replacement.
I still admire the vehicle when I look at it. The car just never seems to get old with me.
I have very few complaints. One being the cheap door springs that were used for such heavy doors. The doors will close on your leg if you're not paying attention.
Then there's the cheap paint they used on interior components that began peeling off after 7 or 8 years. Why they didn't just mold parts in their proper color rather than painting them is a mystery. They seemed to cut corners to keep costs down. It seems not having to paint interior parts would have been a pennysaver ?
There isn't much room to recline, but it is a *roadster* 😉
People complain about the road noise. Yes, it's annoying at times. But.... Again it's a convertible and we buy them for that open air experience, right ? Plus, I enjoy listening to the exhaust tones. When I step on it it has a pleasantly aggressive growl to it.
I replaced the stock BOSE stereo with a Pioneer (upgrading to Bluetooth).
I read before purchasing it that the 07's had Bluetooth capability. It was a nice incentive but not overly important to me at the time of purchase.
Six months down the road I was disappointed to find it in fact did not have that feature. It is an early '07. The later 07's did in fact have Bluetooth. I lived with that for several years until I decided hands free calling would be a good idea. That is unless the top is down and you're traveling over 25 mph.
I hate that the tires are not rotatable.
I make sure I'm paying attention and taking my time whenever I'm backing up. Those blinds spots are definitely bad.
But the performance of this car off the line is still impressive. Even when accelerating from 30 to 80 its amazingly fast. It gives some of those heavier American muscle cars a good run for their money.
Maybe I have acclimated to the annoyances of the cars road noise, I relax just fine whenever I go for a pleasure cruise. The car will be 12 yrs old this year. I have kept the mileage pretty low. It would have been lower but for a period of one year I had a long daily commute and tacked on 18,000 miles. Normally it never saw more than 4,000 per year. So it now has under 74,000 miles.
As reliable as this car is and as good as it has treated me, I know I will never trade or sell it until the day I can no longer drive and maybe not even then.
I've had many cars in my 60 years. But this one has not inconvenienced my wallet ever outside of the roof needing replacing. But now it has a cloth top and all should be good in the world for a while.
So while this car is far from perfect, it's few flaws and inconveniences are acceptable when you see it for what it is. A super reliable and quick car that could earn you a speeding ticket very easily unless you're a responsible driver such as myself. Amazingly I've never had one ticket with this. I should have a few times over. But for some reason slowing from 110 mph to 70 got me out of a ticket one day as highway patrol drove past me and pulled over car ahead of me doing the same thing. I just kept going..... 🤣
I will sign off with saying I have no regrets and it was money very well spent.