2003 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class - Base
Pros: Retractable Hardtop
Cons: The doors are very long!
Advice: Buy it! In comparison with the competition it definitely gives the most car for the buck.This is an amazingly fun car to drive. Mercedes knew exactly what they were doing when they designed this car, it has all the right elements of a roadster (especially if you get the V6 or AMG). I have had many other roadsters, and this is by far the best one yet. And with the built-in hardtop you have both a coupe and covertible, all in one car. If you have ever owned a sports car this is something that you always had to decide between. This is a great car, I will be keeping this one for a while!
2003 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage - Convertible
Pros: The Steering handles like a dream
Advice: GET THIS IT RULESAwesome
2003 Toyota Camry Solara - SLE V6 (A4) Coupe
Pros: Smooth engine
Cons: Lack of comfort
Advice: Look elsewhereWarning to potential SE purchaers--be sure to drive this car on the interstate before purchase. The combination of wheelbase-cab forward design-and suspension calibrations will continuously slam you over uneven pavement sections. My 27 year old Vette rides better over these areas. The car is also not as quiet as my previous Cressida nor does it handle as well. Be sure to notice the blind spot created by the rear roof pillars also. The bucket seats are not very suupportive and are too narrow. There is rust under the hood in my car with less than 1000 miles and the dealer blames it on the factory--they've offered to clean it off!! The paint quality also varies from one panel to the next on this black car. Don't be in a hurry to leave the lot without a thorough going over on a sunny day. The drive train seems to rock when you let off the gas and you can feel the wipers pulsate as they change direction when your holding the steering wheel. Did I somehow end up with a mid 70's GM?
2003 BMW Z4 - 3.0i (M6)
Pros: More powerful engine!
Cons: Styling of back.
Advice: Buy the first one available, if you liked the z3, consider yourself in love with the z4!Perfect car, I'm trading my 2000 z3 2.3 for one of these. Makes z3s look, handle, and feel like a Pinto!
2003 Dodge Viper - Base
Pros: More power than ever and a real convertible top
Cons: Outrageous comic-book-hero styling is toned down
Advice: Black might look like the Batmobile but silver is easiest to keep clean.More fun than ever before. The boy-racer styling that many of us loved about 1991-2002 snakes now yields to euro-looks that can compete with any exotic. Most everything about the car has been improved. Ergonomics. Seats. Brakes. Aerodynamics. Power. And now a top that you can remove and not fear the unexpected thunderstorm!
2003 Volkswagen New Beetle - GLX (M5) Hatchback
Cons: Lightbulb change requires car to go to service and pay at least $35.
Advice: 'Resistance is futile', just get it and make sure you try any TurboThis is a great looking car with a superb acceleration and fuel economy. It handles very well and has very responsive breakes. Great from seat clearance. From driver seat had to be replaced (still waiting to know if its covered under warranty) and had multiple problems with the Mass Flow Sensor (it had to go 4 times for service until VW resolved the problem).
2003 Chevrolet Corvette - Z06 Hardtop Coupe
Cons: no fog lamps
Advice: Buy it if you can afford it, you will smile from ear to ear.I purchased the 2003 Corvette Z06 and have only driven it about 90 miles. I can say those 90 miles was a thrill. I will say you will have NO problem merging into interstate traffic. It is one fast automobile right out of the box. The interior is about the same as my 2000 Corvette, so it was no problem in getting in and driving away. The 'heads up' display is really nice, you are able to keep your eye on the road and still keep track of your speed, RPM's fuel etc. It is not distracting in the least, either day or night. It shifts really sweet, and the steering is great. Great car, worth the money.