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Convertibles Ratings

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    2003 Volkswagen New Beetle - GL (M5) Hatchback

    Pros: heated seats

    Cons: too many rattles which is why I rated quality as lower/hard to reach seat belts

    Advice: BUY THIS CAR NOW-HAVE FUN!!!

    Love it!!! 0-60 in no time flat! Seen reviews that say back seat is a joke. These people must not have gotten in the back seat. My two boys are 6' tall. They say they have plenty of leg room and head room and are comfortable. My daughter is 7 and tall for her age. She can almost stand up in the back seating area and is very happy with all the room back there. I am a very large woman and have more room than I have ever had in the drivers seat. The seat belt is even comfortable. The interior is laid out very nice and is roomy. I LOVE THIS CAR!!!

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    2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder - (M5)

    Pros: ease of the top

    Cons: space

    Advice: fun

    fun makes you think your running with the big boys handles great it a blast

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    2003 Volkswagen New Beetle - GLX (M5) Hatchback

    Pros: fun to drive

    Cons: dealing with the '02 sensor', power windows were defective

    Advice: I would buy a new one for peace of mind

    Fun to drive, handles very well. Front seat is roomy and comfortable...also, I am over 6 feet tall and still have plenty of headroom. The backseat is cramped but that is to be expected. The trunk is small but you'd be surprised what you can make it hold if you simply try. Rear seat folds down in about 2 seconds, which allows you to expand the trunk space quite a bit. Cupholders are worthless, but the rest of the car is designed well and seems to be of quality materials.

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    2003 Saab 9-3 - Linear Sport Sedan

    Pros: Tight handling, classy design in and out, interestingly different.

    Cons: Would like more power but 210hp version was over my priced a bit.

    Advice: Try one, you will be glad you did.

    Like most of the other reviewers here I would have never expected to own a Saab, after I looked at the car in the showroom I was hooked. I took the “demo” out for a spin a was thoroughly impressed with the entire package. The few deficiencies (signal/wiper arm material less than premium) were soon overshadowed by the crisp fit and overall feel. The demo had the 16” optional shoes (Michelin) without the launch package and it still felt like it was on rails. The passive rear wheel steering is a work of art, it makes it turn like a rear wheel drive. I have since taken delivery of my own in Midnight blue with parchment interior and the launch package (sport suspension is worth the $). Wow! I worried about going from a SUV to a sedan in February in Toronto Canada but after running into a white out at 120 km/h into 5” of fresh snow my worries vanished. The Pirelli P6 all seasons and the alphabet soup of electronic safety features came together seamlessly and invisibly to keep things calm and in complete control. I have had a BMW 320i and an Acura recently and this is an all round better feeling car. For a large vehicle it is just as nimble as the go-kart like Integra without the under steer and the fit and finish is defiantly on par or better than the BMW. I’m a happy Saab convertee..

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    2003 BMW Z4 - 3.0i (M6)

    Pros: I can fit my golf clubs in the trunk!..

    Cons: Tough getting in and out with top up.. But I'm 6-3..I deal with it!

    Advice: If you like Power go for 3.0

    Incredible handling, I love both the Exterior and Interior. Turn on the Sport option and shut off the Dinamyc Stability Control and have fun, but be Careful(lots of power)! Surprised on how quiet it is. The roar of the engine and exaust gives it the true roadster feel and sound.. 18' rims just make the car look good.. Be careful when parking with front curbs, and sidewalks(low front grillle).

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    2003 Volkswagen New Beetle - GL (M5) Hatchback

    Pros: body-style

    Cons: the miserable ownership experience this car caused me

    Advice: avoid this car

    Ouch. Where do I start. VW is going to like this review very much, but then again, I didn't like my Beetle very much, either. I wanted to like it, but after multiple serious problems and poor response from VW, I was over it. This car looks cool, seems quality enough on the inside, but once you take the thing home, watch out. I could bore you with all the things that went wrong on my Bug, but I won't. I'll keep it very simple: If you must have a Beetle, buy a new one. And purchase the extended warranty for peace of mind. Otherwise, look at Toyota or Honda.

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    2003 Toyota Camry Solara - SE (M5) Coupe

    Pros: comfort smooth ride

    Cons: The silver chrome tarnished rather quickly.

    Advice: I highly recommend this car, this car drives like my friends Lexus

    I have a '99' SE V6 and have absolutely nothing bad to say about this car. The drive is smooth, comfortable & handles curves very well. I have been so pleased with my purchase I plan to give my car to my daughter & buy myself a new Convertable Solora. I have over 100K on my car & it still drives just as smooth as the day I bought it.