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Pros: V6 Engine - very quiet and smooth; 4 speed automatic transmission - extremely smooth; Very roomy
Advice: Have a test drive your self.Execellent car. It is a lot quieter than than all the cars that I have drived in this class. Very smooth ride. Quality is second to none.
Cons: Race-ready = stiff suspension = rough ride on bad roads
Advice: I'd start it in 2ndBought my Spec-V about 3 weeks ago - this is the most car for your money you are going to find anywhere. It's very comfortable, roomy, affordable, attractive, and sporty. Don't buy a Focus, Neon, Civic, or any small car until you've tested this one. If you can't appreciate the ergonomics and economics of this car, you WILL appreciate its' ability to cover ground in a hurry. The feature list is huge - Power everything, AC, fog lights, six speed, Z-rated 17' tires/wheels, sunroof, 6-disc, 9 speakers, 300watt amp, 8' subwoofer, 175hp, limited-slip differential, front strut brace, folddown rearseat, etc etc. The six-speed is absolutely fluid. Want to own a car that will turn heads with looks and sound, get great gas mileage, be fun to drive, costs 3-5 grand less than similarly equipped models, have every little feature and still beat a mustang in a drag race?? It ain't nowhere but Sentra.
Pros: Overall combination of comfort, silence and speed.
Cons: Frontwheel drive both a blessing and a curse.
Advice: Looked at everything in the $30-40k range. CLK320, 330Ci, ES300, A4 and A6. Couldn't top Acura's overall package of sport and comfort at anywhere near its price (or maybe any price).This review is for the Type S. Smooth, powerful V6 revs all the way to red line with a delicious growl. Sequential shifter is lots of fun and the car really has a sporty personality. Very comfortable driver's seat with wonderful lumbar support. Interior and dash have a sporty feel to them but still tasteful. Very quiet on the highway and absolutely no engine vibration at idle or in traffic.
Pros: Trip computer
Cons: Transmission will delay shift (higher rpms) into high 3 & 4 gears until it has warmed up. Takes only a few minutes.
Advice: Autofair of Manchester NH has prices are $200 over invoiceThe ride is extremly smooth on highways and secondary roads. On snow, icy roads the car handled very well. The skid and traction control gave an additional feeling of security. The climate control works very well. The side vents are always on. There is plenty of room for my family of 4 adults. I wanted the six cylinder because of vacation travel including a lot of highway driving. So far I am getting 25 mpg with about 2000 miles on the car on regular gas.
Pros: Unstoppable control on ice & water (but buy good tires).
Cons: Cheezy interior fabric - like those 1970s velour shirts...
Advice: Upgrade the interior to a sturdier cloth interior or use seat covers. The original interior damages too easily.We actually didn't even test drive it until after we decided to buy it! We didn't have as great an experience at the dealership as some have written about (it was OK) but that was the last reason we chose to buy the car. We bought this vehicle after it was returned by the original owner within the first 30 days of ownership (military restationed out of the country & couldn't take the vehicle with them). The tape deck malfunctioned after about 9 months and they replaced it for free while doing our normal warranty work - they didn't even ask! We've driven this thing through more than 3' of snow, 2' of standing water & slush, mud, rain, you name it, we've been through it. We commute 60+ miles each way 5 days/week and have more than 110,000 miles on the car now. We live in Southcentral Alaska and in the 6 years we've had our SL2, we managed to get it stuck ONCE when we high-centered it at the mailbox. We use good tires w/ studs in the winter, but no other vehicle we've owned compares (including the Honda Accord). The only major complaints we have are the cheesy interior, lack of comfort on long drives (we both have long legs & even the front is uncomfy after about 4 hours or so), the wimpy door seals whose glue couldn't stand up to our cold temperatures, and the expense involved in replacing body panels. We had 1 accident 2 weeks after we bought it and the flex panels were so cold (-10F) that they shattered upon impact at less than 20MPH. The other guy's pocketbook was pretty sore - $1800 worth of damage because he hit 3 panels & shattered chunks out of all of them. Ouch. We love our Saturn dealership as they are always willing to go the extra mile. Our alternator quit 5,000 miles after the extended warranty expired (by miles not by time) and because it was so close, they split the replacement cost with us. Overall, the best thing about this car is the amazing control for turning, stopping, and general maneuvering on ice. It has great power and a very low center of gravity. We've never found ourselves ditch-diving with it. DEFINITELY buy the Lifetime Oil Change wherein you get free oil changes (except cost of filter) every 90 days or 3000 miles for $189 up front. Of course, don't buy this if you plan to sell the vehicle or move before this service pays for itself, it's only good for one owner of the car at one dealership. We have our oil changed about once a month because we drive so much and they do our warranty service at the same time. I would like this car more if they offered a better quality & more ergonomic interior.
Pros: Information Center
Cons: Cup holder on console tilts back - it should 'lock' in. This could cause spills.
Advice: Get the 4.0L engine - the 3.5 is a little underpowered.Very smooth ride, yet pretty firm for a family car.
Advice: Make sure you get this one for under invoiceHighway acceleration is definitely a step ahead of other cars in its class and the handling beats Camry and Accord (trade off for a rougher ride I guess). Make sure you take it over a few bumps and take the GXE or GLE if the SE isn't to your liking. I love driving my SE, but can't help but wonder if the GXE might have fit my driving more closely. For a price in the low 20's though, you have to be happy with this car.