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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!!!
2003 Audi A4 - 3.0 (M6) quattro Sedan
Pros: Performance and Quattro
Cons: Poor visabity through the rear window
Advice: Turbo is fun but the V6 is my choice. Shop aroundI took two separate, extended test drives. I was so impressed that in January, I plan to buy the 2003 Audi A4. The 3.0 V6 with the 6 speed makes it a genuine pocket rocket. I like the other cars I tested but I feel that the A4 or the A6 are the the best bargains in their class. I want the 17 in. wheels but I am not sure about the sports suspension. It seems perfect as is. I hope this car stays a secret to keep the sales folks humble and hungry.
2003 Chevrolet Corvette - Z06 Hardtop Coupe
Advice: dont miss outthe best possible buy for the buck awesome vechicle
2003 Volkswagen New Beetle - GL T (M5) Hatchback
Pros: the body style
Cons: full of problems
Advice: if you really want a Bug, buy a new one and get a max warrantyI bought a used 98 Bug, black paint black interior, and the first month or so was great. Now, however, the relationship has soured quite a bit. 1) computer problem caused the engine fan to run all the time, which killed the battery...this took 2 weeks to fix 2) driver's side window shattered inside the door panel, took a month to get fixed 3) latch on glove box is broken (not due to any kind of abuse) so now I can't use it 4) headlamps cost roughly 50 bucks to replace 5) some issue with 02 sensor causes the engine light to come on...then off...then on 6) car makes strange noises from both the inside and out
2003 BMW Z4 - 2.5i (M5)
Cons: Power seats and roof not standard and expensive $2900
Advice: Try it you'll really be impressedHandles real well, much improved from Z3 as far as power and trunk space. Thought Z4 much better ride than Honda S2000. While new styling has been criticized, I think the car looks great.
2003 Audi A4 - T (A5) quattro Sedan
Advice: PerformanceFirst impression with this car are great. The dual climate control works great and the heated seats are amazing. The technical features of this car are outstanding and the fit and finish is near the top of the entry luxury class. I have had however multiple mechanical failures over the course of a year with this vehicle. The warranty is great all repairs were covered but consider the reliability and convience of dealership before purchase. Overall I still love this car but it has been a lot of hassel mechanically. Not sure how reliable these are in general but its something to consider.