Kurt, you dind't expect me to pass up this thread did you? hehe!
I too have a ZTS....2001. It's got 135,000 on it, and still going strong. I have had to do some maintenance, and have also had a few problems. Nothing I considered really out of line for the mileage. (careful about dealer performed repairs....they are far more expensive than independant shops)
75K first brake job, all 4 wheels. Flushed/replaced the coolant as recommended
100k- replaced shocks/struts. I notice one was leaking when I was rotating the tires, so I replaced them all.
120K needed new front wheel bearings, they were making noise. Also cleaned sticky throttle blade, and replaced IAC (it froze on me twice last winter, casuing no idle until warm) Replaced AC condenser due to a leak. Timing belt change (normal maintenance)
That's about it....tires, brakes, new battery (don't want a no-start in the winter), filters, new acc belt.....etc.
Mine's a 2.0L 5-speed, and average mileage is 28-29. 32-33 highway only. I think you'll see better numbers with the newer cars, they've made some improvements there. I'll bet the average mileage on a new one is over 30 if you get one of the smaller engines. Don't know that the 2.3L can get 30's?
All in all, I'm very happy with it. I think the problems I've had aren't bad for a car with it's mileage and price range. It still runs as good as new, and doesn't smoke, knock, or leak. Still on the original clutch.....I give em a :thumbsup: