soft tops don't look good a few years down (unless you garage keep it).
and srt-4s have a lot of 'go' in them and they seem to be reliable so far...but when you break it down, its a neon, looks like a neon, and handles like a neon
You can get a removable hard top for the S2K. And you're right, the SRT-4 is still a neon. If he wants reliable and turbo, he may want to look into an Audi S4, although, even used, it's very pricy. Another option would be waiting for the MazdaSpeed 6 (AWD Turbo Sedan). Every time I see a 350Z, I like it more and more, so it's definately not a bad choice (especially if he gets it in orange).