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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.
2003 Toyota Camry Solara - SE (M5) Coupe
Pros: the a/c gets very cold
Cons: the rear suspension is not stiff enough
Advice: shop price, there are deals to be hadI have a 4 cylinder SE with JBL, moonroof, automatic, power everything, and some package that added all these nice little extras (including the floor mats) and paid $18,400 plus tax and license (after rebate). It's alot of car for the money. Looks nice, very comfortable, not a flaw at deliver or in the 6 months I own it. It's black with charcoal interior, and when clean looks pretty sharp. Its not the fastest, and the handling is slightly better than so so, but its a good car, reasonably priced, and probably will last longer than my payment book.
2003 Saab 9-3 - Linear Sport Sedan
Pros: Automatic/Manual Transmission
Cons: Quirkey Cup Holder
Advice: Drive the car -it will speak for itselfHaving read the review of the new 93 sport sedan,we decided to take a test drive.I really wasn't expecting anything boy was I suprised!Opon looking the vehicle over I was pleasently suprized at the workmanship of the body,how the doors fit,the paint finish I haven't seen this kind of attention to detail in a long time.The saab engineers sure earned their paychecks.The test drive was equally suprising.The car handles like a sports car.I just love that transmission(Automatic/Manual)It shifts like a Champ Car Push the shifter foward to go up a gear and pull back to go down a gear.Compared to the 2002 Nissan Altima we have now, there's just no comparison.I never concidered a Saab before but I bet we will be trading by spring.
2003 Audi A4 - T (A5) quattro Sedan
Pros: Heated Seats
Cons: Rear winodw
Advice: Get an internet price quote!! I saved over $2000 dollars that way!Very fun to drive! The A4 has a nice quiet, smooth ride. The steering is very responsive: I can take turns much faster than I usually do. The car also has great acceleration. Love the standard 6-disk CD changer, and the stereo has decent sound, even without the BOSE upgrade. My wife vowed never to leave the passenger seat once she turned on the heated seats. That's fine with me! I get to drive! I do have some reservations about this car though. When the car is in the 'D' position, it likes to downshift a lot, especially when changing speeds on the highway. However, the acceleration is much smoother when I use the 'S' position for driving. The downside is that I don't get optimum gas mileage when I do that. The 1.8T as of now does not come with power seats, which is kind of annoying since my wife and I have to re-adjust the seats mirror, etc. every time we switch drivers. I think I heard power driver seat will be included in a package later in the year though. Another thing that bothers me about the A4 is the fact that the rear window is very small, and there are blind spots generated by the wide pillars flanking the rear window. It makes it very hard to parallel park, although I'll probably get used to it over time. Overall, I believe this car was a great buy. Compared to any other luxury car, you get a lot more of both fun and elegance per buck. Looking to buy your first 'nice' car? Consider the Audi A4: It's worth it!