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2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Wagon
Pros: Drive feel
Cons: Lack of sunroof & heated seat's options. Also back seats a little hard to get into.
Advice: Definitely worth a test drive.This car is wonderful. It has more overall power than most people need. While it's not superfast when you first step on the gas, it picks up steam quickly. The handling was great, good road feel. The seats hug your body and are supportive. The sound system is good, but a bit bassy for my tastes. Rear seats fold flat - a nice feature.
2002 Ford Thunderbird - Premium (110A)
Pros: The overall styling. Classic lines, retro features like the grill and porthole hardtop.
Cons: The interior is rather mundane compared to the high style exterior.
Advice: Order now and expect a long wait unless you're willing to pay a big premium.Ford hasn't let anyone test drive this car yet (3/9/01). However, based on information about the Lincoln LS - which shares the same powertrain and platform - it should be a good performance, nice handling, smooth ride. The shortened chassis reportedly caused some rear-end stability problems, but Ford pushed back the Job1 date to 5/21/01 to remedy that. The real difficulty with this car will be finding a way to test drive before purchase. Most dealers are already overbooked and charging a hefty premium to would-be buyers. The best I can say is the clean, classic styling and Thunderbird heritage makes this a must-have for the enthusiast, and hope its drivability lives up to the reputation of the brand name.
2002 Lexus SC 430 - Base
Pros: Hidden rollbars
Cons: small dash
Advice: have fun!!!An awsome ride for the luxury buyer with an attitude!