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Convertibles Ratings

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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.

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    2003 Volkswagen New Beetle - GL T (M5) Hatchback

    Pros: handling

    Cons: 98% of the car

    Advice: stay away unless you get a maxxed out warranty

    The 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

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    2003 Audi A4 - 3.0 (A5) quattro Sedan

    Pros: Cornering and road handling

    Cons: Premium Gas Prices

    Advice: Shop around for the best price

    Living 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!!

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    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.

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    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!!