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Pros: The Mercedes quality.
Cons: The hatchback.
Advice: Don't get the cheap cloth interior. The leather is worth its priceDriving the C230 was similar to driving a BMW 325. The car was extremely quiet inside, and the leather was top-notch for a car of this price. This car was the best car we went into.
Pros: The leather bucket seats. Wrap around you like a glove and keep you very comfortable on those long drives. And the shifting on the 5spd is very smooth
Cons: The holes where the foglights are supposed to go if you don't have them. Just looks like something is missing. I have a feeling I'll be having those installed shortly to complete the look
Advice: Definitely test drive it - don't go by looks alone. And consider spending the little extra for the leather interior and the optional spoiler. Worth every penny.Just picked up my car on Tuesday and abolutely love it. Corners as well as - if not better than - more expensive sports cars, looks fantastic, handles very well. Lots of power even if you don't get the Type-S. Many safety features make you feel very secure and comfortable. I have no doubt this will be the best car I have ever owned. And the looks - the interior looks very modern with the titanium finish and round dials - the exterior is very sporty and looks even better with the optional rear wing spoiler
Pros: Mix of power and handling
Cons: sound of the trunk
Advice: keep an eye on your speedometer!My first experience of the WRX was on a drive from Santa Fe to Taos, NM. Traffic was crawling up the twisty Rio Grande Gorge at around 50mph with little chance to overtake. Finally as a clear straight came up I chopped down a couple of gears and the turbo kicked in like a swift kick in the pants. Before I knew it the car accelerated to 90 and I was back in my lane safe and sound. I was sold!!! The chassis is great, providing sure-footed handling. The seats are very comfortable and the Momo steering wheel is sweet. Sure, there are a couple of quibbles - the doors and trunk are pretty tinny and the body is an acquired taste (which did grow on me) but overall I cannot think of any car that offers as much fun for the buck as the WRX on the American market. How about a Mitsi Evolution, Nissan Godzilla or Lotus Elise for the U.S. market to see what the rest of the world gets?!?
Pros: New engine.
Cons: blind spots.
Advice: Be prepared to be blown away!An excellent replacement for the Integra, upping the ante in the process. I bought a 1999 Integra GS-R two years ago and have loved it. But 15 minutes in this car and I'm seriously considering trading the 'old' girl in. I love the changes, from the nasty new growl and very quick rise to the 8000 RPM redline of the i-VTEC to the improved stiffness and reduced body roll of the MacPherson struts during cornering. Nice low end torque now. Where I had to give the Integra a fair amount of gas to get going from a standing start to keep it from stalling, the RSX almost leaps off the line in comparison. The car feels weightier and more glued to the road without sacrificing agility. This car feels much more like a luxury sports car should feel. I love the racecar inspired ammenities (small diameter steering wheel, racestyle bucket seats, racecar style gauges, etc.) They also finally have some decent cup holders in this car. There are a couple of blind spots, but the larger side mirrors can be adjusted to compensate adequately. The new transmission is a little tricky to get used to but shifting is smooth as glass. I wish they had put lower profile 17 inchers on it instead of the 16's. Also, heated seats (hey, it is a luxury coupe right?) would be a nice touch on a cold winter day. These are minor quibbles though. All around a great. Test drive it, you won't be disappointed!
Pros: The power and quickness. It purrs like a kitten and growls like a lion when you want it to!!
Cons: No arm rest for for long trips.
Advice: Buy it. Great value and you will have fun with it.Awesome! The Type S has great short throw shift gear. Let me just say I've raced this car hard on the freeway and backroads and it is amazing. The car will hug hairpin turns with great stability. The bucket seats help you stay in place with any hard sharp cornering.
Pros: 6 Speed. The 6th gear helps at highway speed. Better gas mileage with low RPM operation.
Cons: The two big blind spots. The car has 2 large mirrors to fix this problem.
Advice: Replace the shift knob with the optional metal one. If you get a cargo net have the dealer do it. It's a pain to install. Test drive this car!RSX Type S Smooth and powerful. This car has power at low RPM all the way to the 8000 RPM Redline. Shifting action is the best I have ever felt. The gates are close and the throws short. The clutch is easy to work for smooth yet fast shifts. At highway speeds in 6th gear the car still pulls hard. It's easy to find yourself doing well over 80 MPH without realizing it. The climate control works very well. The seats wrap around you and hold you in place when cornering hard. I didn't know a car could feel or ride like this for under 25,000. Amazing!
Pros: exterior looks
Cons: performance, safety, drurability, everything!
Advice: Don't buy it!I purchased a 2001 Cabrio, automatic, and all I have had is problems with this car. My air bags don't function properly. My air bag lights keep on coming on indicating that there are problems with the car. The gas mileage is horrible and the a/c is not cold at all. I took it in and they say that it is normal when other cars, by far, have much colder ac. I had a saturn before this and it drove wonderfully! Don't buy this car. It is the cheapest convertible out there but it is not worth it!