14 Years later..
May 20, 2018
So -what's it like 14 years later (and 48K miles)? A quick background - this is my wife's car, we live in Florida, and it's garaged. Pros - It's still a very good looking car and turns heads. It's been very reliable mechanically. It has not been expensive to maintain. It is very comfortable, and roomy for all 4 passengers. The car gets up to speed quickly, and passing power is exceptional. Maintenance is easy, a reasonably skilled home mechanic can change the oil, plugs, brakes, flush antifreeze, replace lightbulbs. Cons - Interior wood trim (We have a package that included wood insets on the steering wheel) is very flimsy and has delaminated, crumbled over the years. Dealer replaced steering wheel and console trim once at no charge - No such luck at this point and the wood fell off the wheel, and the console has begun to crack again. Requires premium fuel. Leather shows wear and has required constant upkeep (cleaning and conditioning) since new (we have the gray "granite" interior). Top is VERY noisy as it goes up and down (and has always been). Silly things break - the courtesy lights on the doors and the washer nozzles in the hood (more than once for each). Comments on interior design score - buttons for windows are too small as are the interior door handles, and they are very shiny (chromed?) and on hot days can be brutal. Knob for vehicle information isn't labeled, you just turn and find what you want. Winter transmission mode button in a bad spot (easy to turn on by accident) Final thoughts - Top is still in good condition, we had to have the rear window "re-attached" about 5 years ago but it is still holding and they did an excellent job. It is showing some wear where the tonneau cover closes on it. Wish that the seat positions could be tied into the remotes like other cars we have owned, and that the mirrors were linked to that memory. Trunk space very limited. Overall - never regretted the purchase and still happy owners. Lots of them on the used market, we've looked at some for our children that are now graduating high school. Recommend that if you buy a car like this - keep all maintenance up to date and use quality fluids - we have friends that purchased the same car that did not have the same luck that we have had, none have been as sensitive to upkeep as we have. Don't let that scare you away; these are solid, well-made vehicles that are a pleasure to drive.