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Pros: The exterior styling. Turns a lot of heads.
Cons: The seats could be a little more comfortable. Not enough lateral control for those hard corners.
Advice: if your looking for raw power make sure you look at the Cobra SVT's before making your final decisionI have owned a 2002 GT with the premium package since April '02. The vehicle is incredible. The 4.6l had outstanding torque and the suspension handles every bit of it. It's a very smooth ride and the cabin in the hardtops is very sound-proof. When you need that extra power to get up to speed on the on-ramps or just want to pass that long semi-trailer, this car will impress just about anyone.
Pros: Looks, seats, handling and acceleration.
Cons: Gas mileage sucks, but I will save money elsewhere to compensate
Advice: Haul azz to your closiest dealer and purchase one.Drove it on 9/14/02 at about 3pm. Bought the car on 9/14/02 at about 3:15pm. This car is just awesome. I owned a 91 GT and a 97 Cobra Coupe before this car. I've only had the car for about 5 days. I don't plan on driving this car like the typical 17 year old idiot, though I was one about 18 years ago. Once I break this rocket in, I'll explore a little bit, but I plan on taking care of this car. I purchased this vehicle on the Z-plan from ford for $31,052. Ford then took an additional $2500 bucks off cause I actually wanted a silver one. Black worked just fine!!! Hated to get rid of the 97 Cobra, but this car is something else. If this car was made in germany, it would cost $60000 grand. If you want a performance car and want to have some money afterwards, look no further. This car rocks!!!!!
Pros: screaming power
Cons: default fuel cut-off traction control, a rear brake applied system would be better
Advice: get in line now and don't even both haggling price.The performance of this vehicle is nothing like anything ever produced under 50 grand; maybe even 100K if you exclude the viper. $500 worth of bolt on, and you can even exceed a stock vette Z06 or viper perforance stats.
Pros: 3rd row fold down to the floor
Advice: SEE MY TEST DRIVE REVIEW BEFORE YOU BUYI have owned my 2003 Eddie Bauer Expedition for 2 months. My initial reaction was surprise at the quality comfort and handling. Nevertheless, upon driving along the interstate I noticed a rattling noise behind the dashboard. When I brought the vehicle in for service, a first look behind the dashboard couldn't isolate the problem. On a second visit, the windshield was pulled and resealed which resolved the dashboard noise but resulted in a far worse rattling above the sunvisors. The windshield was reseated AGAIN on a third visit to the service center, with no improvement. My complaints to the dealership where I purchased the vehicle now result in shoulder shrugs, and a request to trade out the vehicle was met with a 'sorry can't do anything for you' reply (I'm not sure how high up in the administrative chain the request went through), even when the subject of 'Lemon Law' was brought up. At this time I'm considering trading the vehicle in at a different dealership at what will be a significant financial insult to my pocket versus following through with a Lemon Law claim. BEWARE of purchasing an Expedition from FORD, and at least do a test drive at highway speed to rule out any similar windnoise problem.
Pros: deluxe radio/cd/auto-volume
Cons: plastic interior appointments are hard and feel brittle, not soft
Advice: lease itdrives/handles like a car (as from previously owned 97 model). Very quiet, darned smooth ride, yet tight; not much sway.
Advice: take care of itgreat
Pros: Rear folding seats, cooled seats, ride improvements
Cons: Somewhat cheaper outside trim feeling/level vs. 97-02 models
Advice: Don't be afraid to deal- I did very very well even with tradeObviously everything is subjective, but after having 3 Explorers and an 00' EB Expedition, I must say that this vehicle is GREAT. As compared to GM prd, it is solid, fresher and NEWER vs. somewhat older style of the inside GM prd. Most new features are fantastic- cooled seats, rear folding seats etc are great! A little more power would be super, but I'll take tow power and reliability over spurts of engine power often sighted for GM products. Test drive it!