The 1990s were a wonderful decade. The business was well out of the doldrums, and innovation was making cars faster and more maneuverable. Fun-to-drive sports cars were in high demand, too. Over time, automobiles have become more dependable, and the '90s offered a plethora of analog sports cars that were still incredibly fun to drive but a lot more technologically advanced than their predecessors.

Performance cars represent the pinnacle of the automobile industry. These are the types of automobiles that we all desire to own at some point in our life. For most people, driving a high-performance sports car is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. However, not all sports cars are the same. When we think of cars that have had a significant impact on the auto industry, we tend to focus on performance and style, with reliability taking a back seat. However, it was the cars' dependability that made them so popular and sought in their day. To showcase the best and the worst of the decade, here are five sports cars from the nineties that are built like tanks, as well as five that require constant maintenance.Related: What Makes The Lexus LS400 Special

9 Built Like A Tank: BMW M3

BMW M3 E36
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When it comes to reliability, German performance gets a poor name, but with the BMW M3 E36, it all boils down to the prior owner. The M3's second generation introduced a level of refinement and class that the original generation lacked.

BMW M3 E36
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Over time, the '90s version has become a fan favorite, and it is now even more desirable than contemporary models. Plus, because they designed the M3 for it, you may modify it to your heart's desire. There's a justification why there are so many of these at race weekends.

8 Built Like A Tank: Ford Crown Victoria

Ford Crown Victoria
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Ford manufactured only a few vehicles on Ford's Panther platform, including the Crown Victoria. Ford built one of the most reliable and enduring utility vehicles of the modern era by putting on weight and adapting the Crown Vic for police service.

Ford Crown Victoria
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It's no surprise that so many of these Fords got converted into taxis. We also knew Crown Victorias to last for hundreds of thousands of miles and still run if they had conventional oil changes and service at periodic intervals. Moreover, you can buy these fast cars for dirt cheap.

Related: Watch This Ford Crown Vic Turn Into A Fireball After YouTuber Swaps Engine Oil For Fuel

7 Built Like A Tank: Nissan Skyline GT-R

1991 Nissan Skyline GT-R Sports Car In Calsonic Blue
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While the Skyline may be one of the finest vehicles of the 1990s, it has a special place in the hearts of Americans. The Nissan Skyline GT-R is one of the automobiles that can be readily positioned in the street racing bunch of the 1990s.

1991 Nissan Skyline GT-R Sports Car
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And car enthusiasts have maintained it alive in essence with the very good GT-R. It was Australia that gave it the name moniker Godzilla. Don't neglect the level of tweaking you can perform with this chassis and the legendary RB26DETT motor.

6 Built Like A Tank: Mazda MX-5 Miata

1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sports Car
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Countless anime have canonized the sports automobile, liked by masses and treasured by fanatics. The Miata is the car to consider if you want a reliable and trusted raoadster that you know is straightforward to buy and maintain.

1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sports Car In Mariner Blue
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It isn't the most potent on the chart, but it is the most convenient! Furthermore, taking it for a ride in the highlands or on a circuit is a blast. Moreover, you can never go to a place where there aren't Miata parts or mechanics available.

5 Needs Constant Repairs: Ferrari Testarossa

Ferrari Testarossa - Front
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The king of '80s glamour, Ferrari's flagship Testarossa, was a bit of a fraud. This was terrible news for car enthusiasts coming of age on a TV dose of Miami Vice flaunting off Ferrari's flagship, Testarossa. The expensive starting price, however, is not restricted to simply purchasing the automobile.

Ferrari Testarossa - Rear
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The engine needs to get disassembled and mostly reconstructed every 30,000 miles, with yearly maintenance advised. It was all about the motorist emotionally connected to the roadway thanks to the renowned car's sheer power and exhilarating exhaust tone.

Related: These Dirt-Cheap Sports Cars Are Faster Than A Ferrari Testarossa

4 Needs Constant Repairs: Mitsubishi 3000GT

1993 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 Sports Car
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To compete with automobiles like the Toyota Supra and Mazda RX-7, Mitsubishi developed the 3000GT (or GTO in Japan). As an outcome, there will be no performance problems. Mitsubishi created a sports car in the 1990s and crammed every available function into it.

1993 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 Sports Car In White
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Yet, many people found the 3000GT to be excessively over-mechanized. Fixing a fault would take far too many labor hours, resulting in the 3000GT failing to sell. They sacrificed the minimalism that makes many 1990s sports cars dependable and easy to work on.

3 Needs Constant Repairs: Subaru SVX

1991 Subaru SVX
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In Japan, they knew the Subaru SVX as the Subaru Alcyone. Even with the 3.3-liter, 230-hp engine, it proved to be a colossal disaster. The architect that created the Maserati Ghibli, structured SVX bizarre window-within-a-window concept that has us shaking our brains over windows that don't work.

1991 Subaru SVX
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Subaru's high-flying predictions of 10,000 units sold each year turned out to be a silly idea. They sold only 640 SVX during the last year of operations, down from 5,000 units in the first year.

Related: 10 Cool Facts About The Subaru SVX

2 Needs Constant Repairs: 1996 Lotus Esprit V8

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The production Esprit came in 1976 after making its debut as Giorgetto Giugiaro's "Silver Car" prototype in 1972. The Esprit's 907 engine powered the Jensen-Healey from 1972 to 1976. And it was responsible for the car's downfall. The engines overheated, the timing belt rubber bushings broke, and oil escaped from the valve covers.

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Eventually, flooding the cabin with smells was a common problem. Under significant lateral Gs, the engine was also inclined 45 degrees, which might have disastrous consequences. As a result, malfunctions are frequent.

1 Needs Constant Repairs: Porsche 911 (996)

Front 3/4 view of the 996 Carrera on track
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Because of a few faults, Porsche aficionados believe this age of the 911 to be one to ignore. With the earliest iterations of the 966, there was a major issue with the water-cooling technology. The back flap would also occasionally fail to open.

Porsche 911 Carrera S 996 4
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They rushed it onto the manufacturing line without much consideration for architecture, so keeping these models fault-free and running is an expensive task.

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