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Great price, Solid ride
Cons: road noiseMy Focus has a lot of extras that the other small cars could not match fr the price. Sync is great. Fuel mileage averages almost 34. Fun to drive.
Cons: cramped entryBetter car than I expcted when I bought it. Should have bought more equipment.
Pros: It doesn't look like a teenager's car
Cons: 1. lack of power 2. twitchy handling on turnpikeThis is a 2003 Mustang GT convertible, and after 7 years, I still like it. It is not particularly fast, nor does it handle all that well, but there is just something likable about it. It has been reliable across 72000 miles of driving. Other than regular maintenance, I've only replaced a clutch (and that was on warranty - pilot bearing went and they replaced whole clutch). It is slower than the Z28 I had, handles less well than my old corvette, but it keeps me from feeling like an old man when I drive it.
Pros: 15' wheels
Cons: Engine stopped while driving and then would not start.Engine stopped while driving. Would not start.Changed fuel pump. Drove 50mi Engine stopped while driving again. In shop as we speak. Dealer would not get me a loaner car the first day unless I would pay for it.The milage on the car is 2800mi.
NICE 03 ZX-3
Cons: Could use a little more powerBought it new, very dependable car. I have always liked it.Good build quality. Very comfortable, handles great. Quiet on the highway. Not overly powerful car but gas mileage is 32 mpg on the hwy. Mine is a 5-Speed and has a nice, tight shifter. Possibly the best car I ever owned.
it is a good car, i really like driving it.
I Must Have A Lemon
Pros: seat comfort, looks
Cons: reliability, bad performanceI bought my car new in 2003, and still have it seven years later because I couldn't afford to buy another car after. It started having problems right away. Thankfully the first problem with the front wheel was fixed under warranty. Though it was never 'like new' again. The problems kept coming, such as two replaced transmissions right after the warranty was up. It needs new brake pads every time I turn around, even though I use lifetime warranty aftermarket pads (at least they're free to replace). I've replaced the alternator, fan and motor, spark plug wires (twice), exhaust (twice) and manifolds, just to name the things off the top of my head. That said, I know lots of people with the same model mustang who have never had any problems and love their cars. A word of advice, be very careful driving in the rain.