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Convertibles Ratings

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    3/5/2003 7:06:14 AM

    2002 BMW Z3 - Coupe

    Pros: Body Shape

    Cons: None

    Advice: If you see any Z3 coupe...don't think about it, just grab it. 2002 models are the last one. In my opinion, it will be a collector's item.

    From a woman's point of view...This luxury sports coupe is powerful, smooth and sexy. Although my husband and I didn't buy the Z3 for the 225-horsepower, six cylinder, 3.0 liter engine, and all of many additional surprising features...we bought this car because of the way it looks. It has it's own character...It's odd, but beautiful. 2002 Z3 3.0i sports coupe will get to know it's master's way of driving and will eventually become insync. This sports coupe hugs the road...and obeys command. It needs to be free, to let it's power loose and roar.

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    3/4/2003 9:40:18 PM

    2003 BMW 325 - RWD Sedan

    Pros: Adjustments for driver position, seat heaters

    Cons: Extra force required to drive the car.

    Advice: You probably won't get much of a price break.

    Very nice car, handles extremely well. Road noise is just about non-existent inside. I felt the controls were a bit stiff, steering, brakes, gas, all took more effort than the car I ended up with. Seats were stiff, and felt a little short under the thighs, although the many adjustments (seat and steering) allowed for a good driving position. The design that goes into these cars is incredible! One turn off I had in this car was the heating system and CD player did not work. Brand new car on the lot, not a good sign.

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    2/27/2003 4:32:03 PM

    2002 Audi TT - L 225 HP (M6) quattro Quattro Coupe

    Pros: Acceleration, quattro sys, interior and looks

    Cons: engine heating and exterior noise

    Advice: Take a test drive and you must use it only as a weekend car, its too sensitive.

    It was tough deciding what vehicle to purchase at first but at the end i went for the TT. The interior is made of really high quality stuff unlike other cars wich have those very plastiky interiors, the engine and trans are nice & smooth but shifting can be tricky. problem I have faced were that the engine's heat can increase when idle I talked to the agent and he said that this is normal because of the turbo, the other problem was that when I went to the autowash some water was leaking inside! this should not have happened, the head lights had some vapor inside some of the time. Driving is really solid, steering response is the best Ive tried and the clutch is soft making it perfect for shifting. but the TT is a bit noisy on the road something that is not expected from AUDI. Overal it is a great car but I just wish that those problems did not occur.

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    2/23/2003 11:47:21 AM

    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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    2/21/2003 6:13:34 PM

    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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    2/20/2003 7:55:12 AM

    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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    2/19/2003 7:38:27 PM

    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..