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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle - GL T (M5) Hatchback
Cons: 98% of the car
Advice: stay away unless you get a maxxed out warrantyThe new Beetle (not so new anymore I guess) is fun to drive, but you pay a high price for it in the long run. It is ironic that such a cool-looking car could have so many problems hidden beneath the surface. After checking out countless reviews from other bug owners, I have found that many have faced the same problems time and again. Pros: handles well, fun to drive, decent power, easy to park Cons: where to start...power window units have a tendency to malfunction and in some cases the glass actually shatters (mine did), transmission problems, car makes strange noises (come from the engine) as well as rattles from inside the cabin, 02 sensor causes the 'check engine' light to come on despite the fact that there is no legitimate problem, cup holders are like something out of a Kia (sorry), headlights cost in the neighborhood of 45-50 bucks to replace
2003 Audi A4 - 3.0 (A5) quattro Sedan
Pros: Cornering and road handling
Cons: Premium Gas Prices
Advice: Shop around for the best priceLiving in the Northeast we needed a car that was reliable and good with our local weather conditions. With this knowledge in hand, we set out and bought a Lexus ES300. That was back in 2000. 2002 brought us a white Christmas with enough snow and ice to make the roads treachorous. We thought the front wheel drive and traction control was enough, however I found the car was skidding out of parked spaces under 5mph. This put us on the hunt for a new car company, keeping in mind that I didn't want a truck. We got to Audi, and to say the least I was very impressed. We settled on the Audi 3.0 Quattro with Triptronic transmission. For approximately 3wks now this car has handled the snow and ice on the road making it seem like we were driving in Arizona. Trunk space is very large and front seats have ample leg room for my 6-foot height. Back seats are a little snug, however with the room in the front and the telescopic steering column its really not a factor. Heated seats are the best in the market and warm you in less than 5mins. There are many compartments for storage so if your car becomes a mobile office you'll still feel as if you never left your home. They even have an extra electronic output in the trunk for laptops or other accessories. Please note, that this car needs premium gas. Depending on what your used to this may or maynot be a concern. Gas mileage is approximately 18 city 23-25 highway. Audio systems are all BOSE, we opted for the std. model which has a 6 disc CD changer in the dash, not worth the premium sound system (i.e., more watts) as it is a midsize car. One more note in closing, this car does have the option of adding 17inch rims with high performance tires. Should you decide to do this, remember that it will take away from the Quattro design. The 16 inch rims and all season tires provide better road gripping abilities. Good Luck Shopping!!
2003 BMW Z4 - 3.0i (M6)
Pros: Automatic roof
Cons: You have to watch the very low nose , while parking.
Advice: Go for it, its a trill of a life time.I test drove a new Z4 on Dec 11 2002, I was amazed and trilled, the way this vehicle handels and performs and all tis with a super good looking body style.I had to buy this one.After the 1200 miles break in I drove to Las Vegas,on route a Porsche Boxter tried to Play.Well it was Bye Bye Porsche.the car is a perfect roadster,its like glued to the road with a smooth and fast responsive engine.
2003 Audi A4 - T (A5) quattro Quattro Station Wagon
Pros: Upgraded stereo rocks!
Cons: Windshield wipers
Advice: Get the 3.0 if power is an issue for you.Great car. Handles wondefully. A little under-powered though. I always need to keep it in the S (sports) gear otherwise you'll get beat by a Hyundai off the line. Once you're on the highway however the car has great acceleration. My only other complaint is the winshield wipers. Bring along a squee-gee as they stink!!
2003 Porsche Boxster - Base (M5)
Cons: seats a bit narrow
Advice: Buy an almost new one and save some $$$Performance, performance, performance!! The Boxter is hard to beat! Excellent cornering, braking and good acceleration-smooth through the whole range-Easy electric top-no need for a boot! I like the two trunks-I also have an Audi TT Roadster Quattro- It's fun but the Porsche is a more refined car. Not as fast as a Corvette but excellent on windy roads
2003 Audi A4 - T (M5) quattro Sedan
Cons: Slightly underpowered
Advice: Buy one !!!Excellant car. Incredible handling with very high quality interior materials.
2002 Ferrari 360 Modena - F1 Convertible
Pros: The look
Advice: Buy this carThis is the best car ever made.The looks are good, the safety is good everything is good about it.