I would like to think that most of us bought these cars as KEEPERS. It still gets the oohs and aahs even after 13 yrs. Timeless design but built like $hit.
Mine’s a keeper. I like modding it—but I keep all the stock parts.
It I disagree with you MM.
1. The “design” (I think you are referring to the styling alone) is great, but borrows heavily on many classic sports car cues (why not?). It is not the only appealing aspect of the car, though.
I appreciate that it has double wishbones all-around. Few cars I can afford have this. The chassis is stiff—particularly for a roofless car. Amazingly so, IMHO. More hp is always welcome, but the turbo outgunned competitors pretty well. She’s much more than just pretty.
2. Build quality. I believe the kappas are typical of GM’s products—which means they are reasonable for the price point. These cars were a balancing act between performance, appearance, practicality (some), maintainability (etc), and price.
Few roadsters can match it for performance/price. A lot of the problems allotted to build quality (maybe or maybe not the ones you are thinking of) are really the results of design compromise. (E.g., the top is cuddly, but it is substantial and looks good. Or, the hood is thin and shakes, but is is not structural, and is light weight, Or, the manual transmission is not silky smooth, but it is borrowed from a truck and can contend with the torque, and keeps it affordable...)
Curious... why do you think it is built like $hit?
Because I do not.