In Charge of Snacks
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Orange County, CA(We're broke, too!!!)
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Boys; The Evora is the natural and obvious choice for non-herd-mentality GT car enthusiasts looking to step up. It also happens to be the best choice for back-country travel, and it's toyota parts bin assembly means it's likely the most reliable exotic in terms of mechanicals. They can keep their Caymans and 911's. lol
OP: The GC's reliability is kinda spotty, but more in the gremlins department than in the catastrophic failure "Total Loss" category. I have a 95k mile 2011 manual, running pretty strong. Problems include;
1 a diff whose gearing is a bit out of lash(clunky and whiney)
2 a small vacuum leak that I'm having a devil of a time chasing down. It must be a bad injector o-ring.
3 Crunchy synchros in 6th-sometimes 5th
4 Years ago, on hot days it would go into limp mode once in a while(I've had the car for nine years 6 months and it's only done that maybe 3 or 4 times, custom Dyno tune)
5 once or twice I've had a real hard time starting it- not a battery issue but probably fuel related
6 like any car, eventually the timing chain stretches out of spec. DOHC, chain driven, variable timing, direct bucket actuation valvetrains are a 3itch to fix
Everything else has been wear related, or my own stupid fault modding it. Honestly, the transmission issues aren't that big a deal. The actual gearbox will get you home, but let's just say the rebuild interval for the synchromesh system is woefully short.
The bigger issue is the diff. I could see one actually blowing up. But currently, replacement differentials are inexpensive and warning signs that you have a problem are plentiful.
To sum up, it's not a Camry, no. And replacement parts from Hyundai/MOBIS are pretty friggin' expensive, but it's nowhere near as bad as Scooby exploding ring lands, Magic disappearing RX8 apex seals, or BMW's burning through their main bearings, etc. Also, the GC is remarkably easy and accessible to work on yourself - very forgiving, there. And for the record, Mustangs and Camaros, even some G/Zcars of the same era had the same synchro problems. Looking at a 10 year old performance car, you could make a lot bigger mistakes than buying a genesis.
'11 3.8 R-spec
Now trying to build the impossible