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New Convertibles Ratings

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    4/25/2003 8:02:53 AM

    2003 Lexus SC 430 - Base

    Pros: Stand out sculpture styling (not for the status quo buyer), Made in Japan rock solid Quality, Gorgeous Interior, Beast Motor, best stereo on market...it simply has to be heard to be believed, lots of looks from the plebs and SUV lemmings.

    Cons: Seats should have more lateral support and bottom seat cushion stitch seams are too thick also cup holder not deep enough and wipers are too slow.

    Advice: A great value.

    This is the best car I've owned...and currently I own two Mercedes (E3204Matic Wagon & C280). The car has an anvil like feel and the engine power never seems to end. The high-end quality of the interior and its overall fit and finish are much superior to Mercedes...which seems to have gone down hill in the past several years (lots of ill fitting plastic and visits to the mechanic). Also, my 11 month and 3 year old's car seats fit in the back seat quite well for weekend drives to the Beach.

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    4/23/2003 2:47:34 PM

    2003 Ford Mustang - SVT Coupe

    Pros: Power and torque, 6-speed overdrive manual, power and torque.

    Cons: Hard on gas, no sunroof or moonroof for coupe, no premium stereo with both cassette and CD, no heated seats or power passenger's side seat.

    Advice: If going for a 2003 V8 sports car that has power and is good on gas, check the Corvette ZO6 instead!

    I have thoroughly checked the SVT Mustang Cobra coupe and convertible. While they may have power and torque, they can be improved on gas mileage. It is by reducing one OHC and 16 valves. It has worked for GM! Also, the coupe needs a sunroof or moonroof. Both need a premium stereo with both cassette and CD. And they need heated seats and a power passenger's side seat. True, another positive feature for this is its 6-speed overdrive manual. However, for a 2003 V8 sports car, I have to recommend the Corvette ZO6 instead.

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    4/19/2003 10:36:40 AM

    2004 BMW 330 - RWD Convertible

    Pros: THE HORSE POWER

    Cons: NOTHING

    Advice: TAKE CARE OF IT

    I REALLY LIKE THIS CAR IT RUNS GOOD AND IT IS A NICE CAR.

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    4/18/2003 4:21:28 AM

    2003 Saab 9-3 - Vector Sport Sedan

    Pros: Styling and Handling, fit and finish, low wind noise even with SR open.

    Cons: Tilt/Telescopic lever and turn signal lever felt really cheap.

    Advice: If you're unconfortable being 'looked at', then buy something else.

    I'd never before considered the Saab; I guess because of its GM affiliation and my previous poor experiences with GM. I am glad I took the 9-3 Vector for a test drive. I was somewhat disappointed that the dealer (who was extremely accomodating BTW) didn't have a six speed manual. I had to settle for the Sentronic, which was fantastic in any other respect than coming off a dead stop. You press the accelerator, and wait a second for the turbo to kick in. I think having manual control over the revs and clutch would have made the experience even better. Inside, the cabin is everything I'd heard the Saab to be. Geared to the driver, displays are clear, the seating is firm and supportive, but comfortable. I found the styling especially refreshing as opposed to the 'cookie-cutter' approach of the Asian competition. I felt the Saab to be a relatively good value. Torque is strong and at low RPMs. Acceleration with the Sentronic was brisk in both auto and manual-auto mode once you were rolling and the turbo was spinning. I'm driving the 3.2 TL-S this weekend, as I have owned and loved Honda products. But I can safely say, that so far, the Saab is the frontrunner in contention for my $32k.

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    4/17/2003 4:01:33 PM

    2003 BMW 325 - RWD Sport Wagon

    Pros: Xenon lights very cool!!

    Cons: Nothing sofar!

    Advice: Drive any vehicle I drove and come back to buy a BMW...

    In 2001 I bought a brand new Ford Focus, for 1.5 years nothing but trouble! So through a lemon law procedure returned the car and went shopping for a new car... Drove various cars, but we had a 328i sedan already which we loved and traded for a 330ci coupe, wonderful car! I drove Mercedes, Audi, Volvo and various other cars, but we both loved the 325i Sport Wagon or touring, pretty fast, very nice handling, full scheduled maintenance for 4 years or 50,000 miles which really made us decide for the 2003 BMW 325i Touring. When I trade this car, I will get a M3 or a 330ci Cabrio... 'Nur Fliegen ist schoener!!!' Only flying is nicer! Please correct the years because they are both 2003 models!

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    4/15/2003 9:21:32 PM

    2003 Chevrolet Corvette - Base Coupe

    Pros: Head's up display is great.

    Cons: cup holder

    Advice: Great car to buy and drive

    Spectacular car. Acceleration is unbelievable and handles very well.

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    3/31/2003 5:45:34 PM

    2003 Volkswagen New Beetle - GLS TDI (M5) Hatchback

    Pros: individuality of its shape

    Cons: cup holders

    Advice: love it!

    Fun little car! Love it!