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2003 Audi A4 - 3.0 (A5) quattro Sedan
Pros: Quattro 4 wheel drive
Cons: Rear seat leg room a bit cramped, but so is the BMW
Advice: It's cheaper the the BMW with more features, same performanceI drove an A4 3.0 liter automatic and loved it. I then tested a BMW 330xi, which I also liked, and went back and drove them both the same day. I still like the Audi. The BMW has a stiffer, harsher ride. The Audi was much smoother, and I don't feel it lacks anything in performance over the BMW in either cornering or acceleration. The Audi's 4 wheel drive system is also superior.
2003 Volkswagen New Beetle - GLX (M5) Hatchback
Pros: The Audi-clone 1.8T Motor.
Cons: The back seat is a painful joke for American-sized consumers.
Advice: Buy one! Possibly the best inexpensive commute car I have ever owned.It handles well and has sufficient acceleration to appease this American V-8 afficianado. Interior room is fantastic in the front seats. I can fit my 6'2' 270 pound body inside quite easily and actually is a spacious as my full-size pickup. Fit and finish are superb for a car at this price range. No one could touch the number of standard features it includes at this price.
2003 Saab 9-3 - Linear Sport Sedan
Pros: The Turbo - Acceleration and the security accessories, esp the Ignition Key
Cons: the poor marketing by SAAB
Advice: Fun car to driveFor a 4-cyl car, the acceleration is magnificent. I would say it is not better than a BMW like-model, but it felt better than the Audi 4 1.8T. The handling of curves is also magnificent - I actually took a sharp curve going at 40mph and traction was great. The driver seat is very comfortable, the controls are easy to understand, and the computerized electronics make this car one of the best technologically advanced cars I have driven.
2003 Saab 9-3 - Linear Sport Sedan
Pros: Alarm ( doors, trunk, hood, interior motion, shock, and battery)
Cons: refrigerated glove box is overkill for interior features.
Advice: When you test drive, find a curvy road and step on it.For a car with 2.0 liter engine, this cars moves with the acceleration and top speed of much larger sport V6's. The handling is incredible, with a ton of mechanical features to make the car sporty yet smooth. I would never have believed that I would own a Saab. My dealer showed me a 9-3 convertible that had rolled into a ditch, slammed into the drainage pipe, and flipped end over. The occupants survived without a scratch and the convertible supports were still completely intact and rigid.
2003 Chevrolet Corvette - Z06 Hardtop Coupe
Pros: heads up display
Advice: everyone will want to drive itsmooth shifting- quick acceleration-style just hold on and buckel up
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder - GTS
Pros: just one? tough to choose - probably the handling and powertrain
Cons: its difficult to adjust the mirrors to lose the blind spots with the top up at first.
Advice: buy the V-6If you're going to buy a sport convertible, why buy the 4 cylinder instead of the 6? Why purchase the lower end instead of going for the top? And if you do go with the smaller engine and non performance set up, don't complain about the lack of responsiveness, you get what you pay for. When you buy the GTS, you get a car that acts like a sports car and is every bit as rseponsive as it purports to be. The sport-tronic transmission, Goodyear Eagles, and the V-6 make this an awesome ride for the price. The absolute best value on the market today, bar none.
2003 BMW 325 - RWD Sport Wagon
Advice: Do anything to buy itThis car is great! It is very fast and is very comfortable. When I went to Mamoth with my family to go snowboarding and skiing, the racks on the top of the car held two pairs of skies of two pairs of snowboards. This car is good for almost any type of road BUY IT NOW!!!