Used Wagons Ratings
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2003 Kia Rio - (M5) Sedan
Pros: chap price
Cons: the passengers side din't have an armrest
Advice: good cheap car if your not an enthousast or have 13 kids it's a good carMy cousin bought a hyundia accent 2002 which is the exact same as the kia rio 2003, except for slight appearances. It is only about 10,000 bucks. It drives fine, the cars do pass him up on the big hills becuase the 4 cylnder 1.6 liter engine just can't do it. BUt if comparing this to a Honda civicDX its practicly the same. THe DX is only a 4 cylnder 1.7 liter. If you are the cool kid at highschool and you have to drive a truck or a honda then go away but if your debating weather you want to buy a 30,000 Suv, or a 10,000 car, 10,000 entertainment system, and pay of a few debts this car is perfect. Or if your just a kid like me its a reachable car. Don't uy a used car! It may seem like it is a lot cheaper but with all the new parts it certinly isn't. My dad bought my sister a 1988 honda prelude si2.0 with 4 wheel steering, not drive, but steering. he has spent about 10,000 on repairs and a new paint job. The cars value through a private party is only 2,200. And now we need a new mufler. so trust me and buy this car, it works, remember, a car is a tool not a toy.
2003 Mazda Protege5 - (M5)
Cons: Buzzy engine
Advice: Watch for price and discounts but buy it.If you want one of the best handling small cars on the market, the Protege 5 is your car. Its somewhat boomy engine and moderate power is more than made up for in handling, room and comfort. It just plain feels connected and handles. Mazda knows handling and comfort and Fun.
2003 Subaru Outback - H6-3.0 L.L. Bean Edition (A4) Wagon
Pros: All Wheel Drive
Cons: Emergency brake recall.
Advice: Test drive one in the snow. You'll be hooked.The H6-3.0 engine is responsive and the vehicle handles extremely well in the snow. My other car is a 3 year old Mercedes E320 and I find myself gravitating to the Subaru. The seats are heated, comfortable, excellent lumbar support and certainly as good as my Benz. The upgraded indash CD system is very good. (Not as good as the Benz, but still very good,) The finish of the Subaru is outstanding. It is a well built and solid vehicle. It rides exceptionally well for a sports wagen.
2003 BMW 325 - RWD Sport Wagon
Advice: Do anything to buy itThis car is great! It is very fast and is very comfortable. When I went to Mamoth with my family to go snowboarding and skiing, the racks on the top of the car held two pairs of skies of two pairs of snowboards. This car is good for almost any type of road BUY IT NOW!!!
2003 Saab 9-5 - Arc Sport Wagon
Pros: Sport Mode
Cons: In Console Cup Holder
Advice: Look at all 3 trims and pick the one that is best for youIf you need a wagon but want a fun ride, this is the vehicle for you. All of the Sportwagons will make you look in the rear view mirror to convince yourself you are not driving a sport sedan. If you like a manual but need automatic transmission, the Sport Mode setting should always be engaged and you will be amazed at the performance of the 3.0T V-6
2003 Audi A4 - 3.0 (M6) quattro Sedan
Pros: Performance and Quattro
Cons: Poor visabity through the rear window
Advice: Turbo is fun but the V6 is my choice. Shop aroundI took two separate, extended test drives. I was so impressed that in January, I plan to buy the 2003 Audi A4. The 3.0 V6 with the 6 speed makes it a genuine pocket rocket. I like the other cars I tested but I feel that the A4 or the A6 are the the best bargains in their class. I want the 17 in. wheels but I am not sure about the sports suspension. It seems perfect as is. I hope this car stays a secret to keep the sales folks humble and hungry.
2003 Saab 9-5 - Aero Sport Wagon
Cons: cup holders
Advice: to buyExcellent car for the money.Superb accelation,very good handling,excellent braking, little oversteer/due to front wheel drive/,very good driving position. Low profiles tires look good, but bad on potholls,somewhat noisy,but 2003 Saab switched to Michelin which is big improvement. Overall score 90/0-100/ in my humble opinion Alex