The turbos are just as reliable as the n/a models, since its the same engine. My personal bias is against automatics in the first place, but from what I gather the slushers in the turbo PTs are pretty weak. The manual on the other hand is a Getrag unit and is a stout piece. The turbo engine is beefed up a bit from the n/a on the bottom end, and it has additional work on the head to help lube everything. GT models have the High Output turbo 2.4 and will require premium fuel, but my understanding is the turbo 'lite' models can run on regular since theyre much lower boost. The other thing is, use synthetic oil, since dino oil will coke in the turbo bearings. I bought my '03 5 speed in Aug of 2009 and love the car! There are plenty of upgrades available if you want to start squeezing more performance from the car...Id say its a waste to have a GT if you DONT start hotrodding the thing! Chopping off the muffler and straight piping it for better exhaust flow and some added snarl is a good start, and hardpipes are a good way to go since you seal up any boost leaks and your boost is right there when you want it.