Used Wagons Ratings

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    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 around

    I 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.

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    2003 Saab 9-5 - Aero Sport Wagon

    Pros: handling

    Cons: cup holders

    Advice: to buy

    Excellent 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

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    2003 Ford Focus - SE (300A) Sedan

    Pros: The stereo

    Cons: The difficulty in opening the trunk. Too stiff.

    Advice: Get a good deal. Check out the doors and trunk. Look at performance.

    Car is noisy. Doors and trunk difficult to shut easily. Handles okay. Performance while revving high on the engine, the performance lacks enough pep to get through the steep hills. Gas mileage not as good as advertised or expected.

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    2003 Saturn L-Series - L200 (M5) Sedan

    Pros: appearance

    Cons: nothing so far.

    Advice: try it...you'll like it. a lot of car for the money.

    tight turns. easy handling.

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    2003 Subaru Legacy - L w/Special Edition Package (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Fun to drive in any condition

    Cons: seat comfort

    Advice: buy it for life

    Best car for the money

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    2002 Audi A4 - T (M5) FWD Front Trak Sedan

    Pros: Handling

    Cons: So-so floor mats, so-so wiper blades

    Advice: 5 speed, Audi performance handling package w/17' wheels

    I looked at a lot of similar cars and feel that I did all the research that can be done. In the end, I chose a 1.8T with a five speed, performance package with 17' wheels, xenon lights, moonroof, and Bose w/subwoofer. I paid $26,500 out the door to the dealer. I could sell it today for what I bought it for ...but why would anyone want to sell the perfect bargain? There is not another car made that can come close to the fit and finish of this car, within $20K of this price range. I have taken an M3 and a Boxster on a long winding four lane road near my home. I could only hold my own in the straightaways but was confident using 95% of my cars' capability in the turns. The M3 and Boxter drivers lacked the confidence needed to get more than 75% of what their cars could do. Quality, performance, confidence, value. Whats not to like?

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    2003 Audi A4 - T (A5) quattro Sedan

    Pros: Appearance

    Cons: Reliability

    Advice: Performance

    First impression with this car are great. The dual climate control works great and the heated seats are amazing. The technical features of this car are outstanding and the fit and finish is near the top of the entry luxury class. I have had however multiple mechanical failures over the course of a year with this vehicle. The warranty is great all repairs were covered but consider the reliability and convience of dealership before purchase. Overall I still love this car but it has been a lot of hassel mechanically. Not sure how reliable these are in general but its something to consider.