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Pros: Head and hip room and fun to drive
Cons: Front seats don't flip forward on a spring for rear seat access
Advice: Make shure that you get the Zetec engineBought this car in Aug. 2000 and haven't had any complaints.Lots of head and cargo room.The car handles great but the tires that come stock are terrible in rain and snow.My Gas mileage is 27.5 MPG on average but can drop dramatically with hard driving.This car is a joy to drive.You can toss it around in traffic and it doesn't float around like most domestic cars.Car has had several recalls,but most were minor and all were fixed without any pain.
Pros: Warranty and winter package
Advice: Upgrade to the winter packageTest drove the 2001 TDI in Germany and found it had plenty of power to survive and even enjoy the Autobahns. Purchased same featured car in the USA and have no regrets. It isn't about how fast but how far you can go. 1st tank produced 49+mpg with the air conditioner on. Quite, torque, it just isn't a pocket rocket.
Cons: Interior Room
Advice: Test Drive it.Just bought a 2002 Mustang Coupe. I love the car. It has great finish, plenty of power and torque - even with the V-6, and a great price for what you get.
Pros: Egronomic controls
Cons: Monsoon radio and speakers cannot be simply updated or changed w/o modifications.
Advice: Listen for rattling noises in the doors (both driver and passenger side).Be sure and test drive all models. That way you can determine gas mileage versus pickup. My recommendation is to buy the 1.8 T since it is the best of both. You get pickup when needed as well as very good gas mileage (24 mpg city/30 mpg highway). I would also recommend if you get the 1.8 T get the sport handling package and the 17' wheels.
Pros: 1.8 T engine
Advice: Test drive first.I have had my 2002 1.8T manual for 4 months. So far there has been no problem except some rattles on bumpy road at the drive's and passenge's doors. It's fun to drive, very comfortable, and safe. With the peppy 1.8T engine it accelerates fast. The fuel economy is quite good - so far it averaged 28-30 MPG with mix driving (10% city and 90% highway). I love the car!
Pros: Peppy 1.8T is great! Heated seats are nice.
Cons: Cupholder location could be better
Advice: Nice car for the money. Very happy with it.Nice solid car for the price. Nice option packages. Drives really well. Virtually no road noise at highway speeds.
Pros: V6 engine
Cons: Gas milage is terrible
Advice: Look into Camry and Accord before buying if you like these cars as well.Test drive different models before buying.