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Pros: Warranty and winter package
Advice: Upgrade to the winter packageTest drove the 2001 TDI in Germany and found it had plenty of power to survive and even enjoy the Autobahns. Purchased same featured car in the USA and have no regrets. It isn't about how fast but how far you can go. 1st tank produced 49+mpg with the air conditioner on. Quite, torque, it just isn't a pocket rocket.
Pros: extra seating, 4-wheel drive, and sunroof
Cons: all the control placements
Advice: If you like the SUV's with a touch of a van this vehicle is for you.Very nice vehicle that drives extremely smooth. All the power a person would need with a little extra. Also, very quiet ride with no extra noises from anywhere.
Cons: I couldnt afford the navigation system
Advice: take it for a test drive before any other and you will be well pleasedAfter taking a trip from Atlanta to Newport News, I am convinced that this is the finest vehicle I have ever owned. ( others; mercedes 190 1988, volvo 240 1989 [saved my son life], volvo v40 2000, volkwagen quattum 1988) It has the space, the comfort, convenience, driveability my wife and I were looking for. After looking at the Mercedes E320, S320 we settled on the Lexus ES300.
Pros: The car feels 'solid'.
Cons: The grinding sound with wheels spinning on snowpacked roads.
Advice: Test drive this car on a rural road covered with snow and black ice.On dry pavement our Camry V6SE is great.Since it snowed here two days ago, driving is rated 'poor' because even with 'traction control',we can't get this car up the driveway. Perhaps I need to sand the driveway and put on snow tires. I didn't bargain on this kind of problem. I have another car, an '87 Dodge Colt. It got up the driveway with no problem. What gives?? Disappointed in Millbury,Mass.
Pros: The looks. It is different from the usual Accord or Camry
Cons: 4C has little power, no 60/40 split rear seat, little leg room for rear passengers
Advice: Test drive both the 4C and V6 as well as the Accord or Camry. For a 4C the competition has more powerThoroughly impressed with the looks and the interior but the 4C leaves a lot to be desired. If you are looking for power this is not it. The car seems to hesitate when you pass on the highway and has little get up and go from a stop. The V6 would probably be your better option
Cons: Interior Room
Advice: Test Drive it.Just bought a 2002 Mustang Coupe. I love the car. It has great finish, plenty of power and torque - even with the V-6, and a great price for what you get.
Pros: Egronomic controls
Cons: Monsoon radio and speakers cannot be simply updated or changed w/o modifications.
Advice: Listen for rattling noises in the doors (both driver and passenger side).Be sure and test drive all models. That way you can determine gas mileage versus pickup. My recommendation is to buy the 1.8 T since it is the best of both. You get pickup when needed as well as very good gas mileage (24 mpg city/30 mpg highway). I would also recommend if you get the 1.8 T get the sport handling package and the 17' wheels.