Great little cars - nearly bullet proof. I think the later cars look heavy and awkward compared to the early cars, 1999 or so, but maybe just my taste.
Raced a near stock 1600cc version for several years, before moving up to a lightly modified 1800cc version. Great fun until creeping old age and lack of reflexes forced me to stop.
Here on the east coast, the 1600 version is raced lowered with a spring and shock kit from Mazda. I could never really get the hang of that setup since there was only 1/2 inch of suspension before the bump stops - kinda like a go cart. Racing about as cheap as it gets!
Would love to have one in my driveway, but property tax, inspections, registrations and insurance just eat you up on multiple cars here in VA.
2000 MT Citrus(DogBite); 2000 MT Citrus LTO Conversion; 2001 MT(Aeromodded Hypermiler - 134.4MPG); 2006 MT