In Reply to: 3.0 coupe vs. 2002 Advice?? posted by laldog on March 08, 2000 at 20:33:17:
Having both, I can say that the 3.0 is a beautiful car that is pretty fast in CSi form and rides/handles very well (softer/more comfortable than a 2002, but about equally capable with similar setup).
Body and trim parts for the CS are hideously expensive, and the mechanical parts peculiar to the CSi are also pretty pricey (mainly the EFI parts). The rest of the mechanicals are reasonable, usually no worse than a 2002.
And of course, the CS have a very well deserved reputation for being rust buckets. Unless you live somewhere that is warm/dry year round, do not plan on driving one all year. Snow/salt will reduce a CS to a pile of rust before you figure out what happened.
: I have been a 2002 owner for the past 10 years or so and have found them to be incredibly fun and satisfying to drive as well as work on.
: I find myself in a "too good to be true" position where a friend of a friend is looking to find a "nice home" for his 3.0 csi.
: Can anyone share experiences w/ me comparing the two. I have lusted over the coupes fine lines for years and I know their reputation as rust buckets, but can compare the 2 in terms of ease of repair, drivability, parts cost etc.
: Any thanks would be greatly appreciated.