How handy are you with a wrench? Owning an Esprit is a lot cheaper if you can handle the minor difficulties yourself. If you have to take it to a shop for every little quibble, it can eat you out of house and home. Overall, mine has been quite reliable, but there's always some little thing to attend to. My heater motor is out right now, have to go at it with a voltmeter and figure out where it lost power.
Believe it or not, I find my 90's engine easier to service than my 2001 Mercury sable wagon, where most of the accessories are on the bottom of the engine.
If you need tires, I highly recommend Toyo T1R's. They can be had in the 15 and 16 inch sizes you need, and they stick like crazy.