Honkeytonk Monkey· Where is my @#$ antenna?!
If you can afford the insurance on the Z28 I would go that route. I would be paying $2800 a year for a 1998 Z28 SS, intead of $980 a year for the ZX5. The only weak point on a Z28 is the interior is pretty poorly pieced together but that is trivial. It had a great engine, either in LT1 or LS1 form. It is also, despite some people's opinion, a good handling car. If taken care of, the 350 will outlast the body too. They are also just fine in the snow if you put some real tires on it in the winter.