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Pros: moon roof and room
Cons: distinct lack of ponies
Advice: get one while you can, these are going to be hotI approached the Vibe with suspicion. Having driven a 300 hp Chevy Caprice for the last 7 years gave pause. This was a small car by comparison, and I weigh 360 lbs. In this car I can get behind the wheel when the seat is postioned for my much shorter wife. The Vibe is deceiving. It has plenty of leg room, loads of head room, and an upright seating position that gives you an SUV feel. Even though this is a small car, it has more usable space than my much larger Caprice. Yesterday I carried 8 foot lumber with no trouble inside the car. I experienced some trouble mastering the washer/wiper controls, once squirting a car wash attendant with washer fluid while attempting to turn off the wipers. After that I spent some time to familiarize myself to them. The moon and tunes package is phenomenal, the sound system is more powerful than the motor. I realize now that my wife and I were not the target for the Vibe. I am 47 and definitely not the young crowd, we just wanted a station wagon. We drove a Taurus and I smacked my head getting into it, no good. Neither of us wanted a van, but we were drawn to the Vibe. It is an outstanding vehicle. Several people have come up to us and asked to look at the car. This is something I have never experienced before. It has looks, utility, comfort and economy, what a great little car!
Pros: The power of the LS1.
Cons: The cold start piston slap in the LS1 that GM refuses to fix.
Advice: Get a written guarantee that they will FIX the car if it starts knocking after a few thousand miles.All the published specs for this car are wrong. This is what this car is REALLY capable of: Showroom stock 12.9 @ 107 mph down the track. (2.03 60ft) 31 mpg on the highway 23 in town (light foot). The horsepower rating is too low. These cars are putting out the same power as the Vette. Dyno tests show 300-320hp at the wheels! Handles great! Hurst shifter is VERY nice! Awesome stereo for factory. There is no better sound than the rumble of a V8. This is the PERFECT performance car under $40K. Thank you GM for an awesome car! It is truly a shame you are no longer going to make them. This may be the last GM vehicle I ever buy. None of the others appeal to me at all.
Pros: I loved the Hurst shifter, VERY nice.
Cons: The car's turning radius is tighter to the left than to the right.
Advice: This is one of the best drag racers in its class, don't tell the cops.My only complaint is that the car has a tighter turning radius to the left than it dose to the right. Otherwise I love the V-8 engine with the big hod scoops for the ram air. It acceleates nicely for a stock car and the styling is nice too, if not a little too rounded in some places. But this is what GM sports cars are all about, get some engine power going, and scare all those little Honda boys. As a former Civic owner I know that the Firebird is a hell of a lot nicer. The Hurst Shifter is VERY nice. Unlike some other shifters, there is no screwing around to find the gear you want. With Hurst, you think it, you got it. You can bet I'll be spending some time in my garage this summer. By the time I'm through with it, it will be a whole new car.
Pros: immense leg room
Cons: aside from a higher price than I can afford
Advice: If you can afford itEver since I owned a 1988 Grand Prix, I have always wanted another one. I took a test drive recently and it confirmed to me just how much leg room is inside this beautiful car. Coming from a guy who stands 6'5', that is hard to come by. I don't like driving with my knees, and this car has plenty of room for movement inside. With tons of spunk and power, this is definitely a must-buy for the people who have a long drive, and want to be comfortable when they get there.
Cons: trunk opening
Advice: great carThe trunk lift over is too high. Also the trunk opening is not big enough. The trunk is large enough to hold big stuff, but the opening is not big enough to get the stuff in there.
Pros: Excellent styling/design.
Advice: If you want quality, comfort, appearance and value all in one... BUY NOW!The Sunfire SE may not have the power of some other vehicles in its class, but it more than makes up for this point in the style department. For a young person on budget, such as myself, the Sunfire SE gives you the best bang for your hard-earned buck. I would highly recommend this vehicle to anyone.
Pros: The PRIDE I feel in driving her!
Cons: That she cannot stay shiny clean all of the time.
Advice: You cannot go wrong with a Sunfire.I had a 1998 Sunfire that was recently totaled out in an accident. The car sustained a great of damage (hit on the driver's side) yet I was not seriously injured. I was heart broken, as I have loved my red Sunfire. I shed many tears, but have been fortunate to replace her with a 2002 Sunfire -- the same BEAUTIFUL red as my first one!!! Now I am proudly driving Tamale Mobile II.