The non-PI headed cars (96-98) are down 45HP from the 99 & later cars if that matters to you. Still, I like the body style - have both. Would be nice if the intake manifold had been replaced at some point w/the improved one - the all-plastic manifolds had nasty habit of cracking by thermostat housing; the improved manifold is easy to spot because of the cast aluminum crossover containing the thermostat. Other than those two things, they can be nice cars. If having really fast car important to you, I'd wait and buy a PI-headed (Performance Improved = 99 & newer GT's recieved new heads/cams/intake) car or Cobra.