As an owner of one of the final 5-speed stick convertibles in their last year 2008 I enjoyed seeing your progress on yours. Mine lives a charmed life - had someone at the dealer I use (unlimited free oil changes for life - 15 years now!) wondered why I had no rust on a car that has lived in Connecticut since I bought it new. Told him it's a pet - never comes out in the salt season and rarely in the rain. 94,000 miles mostly highway - from here to Florida, Maine and Prince Edward Island Canada. Haven't seen too many with obvious rust damage up here - they aren't rare yet even with 13 years plus on our salty winter roads.