Impeccable handling, spring/shock rates finely tuned, steering input/response a 10--"track days" no effort. Overall, package instills great confidence and a sense of being "one" with the vehicle, but must be driven with respect in high-speed corners.
Smooth, high-revving, exceptionally reliable engine is non-temperamental. The 6-speed, extremely short-throw manual gearbox is arguably one of the top three available at any price. Clutch action is medium and well matched to engine. Excellent balance.
Perhaps one of the strongest safety features of the 2000 is its brakes. They stop the car with a minimum of effort. Reviews rate them at the top, regardless of vehicle cost. The car has airbags for driver and passenger, and quite adequate side protection.
Well conceived, only minor changes have occurred in 10 years. The interior is highly ergonomic; switch or lever (lights, wipers, etc.), is reachable with both hands on the wheel, which is fixed--no need to adjust it. Seats are exceptionally comfortable.
The car is 4 years old and has demanded nothing except oil changes (synthetic). The unibody is exceptionally stiff for a roadster, no rattles, squeaks or other noises, doors close with authority, the top mechanism is flawless and the paint is as new.