Used Wagons Ratings
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2002 Audi A4 - T (M5) FWD Front Trak Sedan
Cons: So-so floor mats, so-so wiper blades
Advice: 5 speed, Audi performance handling package w/17' wheelsI 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?
2003 Audi A4 - T (A5) quattro Sedan
Advice: PerformanceFirst 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.
2003 Volkswagen Jetta - GLI (M6) Sedan
Pros: The solid feel and perfornance
Cons: The cupholder
Advice: Get all of the goodiesSolid, smooth and quick! The boost to 200 HP helped as did the performance package and the six speed. Wet or dry, it doesn't really matter and the ABS will save your tail if you enter an unmarked 15 MPH corner at 50 in the rain like I did. Outstanding! The cold weather pkg. warms the posterior nicely on a cold day. I traded a 2001 Maxima SE for this and don't regret it. It's a solid ride with a kickin' sound system to boot. Enjoy that GLI!
2003 Saab 9-5 - Aero Sedan
Cons: cup holders and needs an in dash six dish CD
Advice: Test drive itThis is an awesome driving machine. It handles great in the city during rush hour (great breaks) and when set free on the open highway you better set your cruise control. The sound system (200 watts) has plenty of power and very clean for acoustical instrumental jazz and classical recordings.
2003 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Wagon
Pros: power and front seats
Cons: stereo only 80 watts
Advice: get itabsolute worth it.great performance.i like the goofy look.most people don't expect the quickness of the 'little subaru',so that makes it even more fun.i had a mitsubishi eclipse gs before .forget about it.run to get one.
2002 Audi A4 - T (M5) FWD Front Trak Sedan
Cons: Loss of engine power when the A/C is on
Advice: Test drive this one and the 3.0 is a better optionDrives just great. I have a manual and just love it. The turbo feature is really nice except for the lag before it kicks in. I got the bose upgrade on mine and it sounds just great. The only problem I faced so far was the ABS system which had to be replaced. Other than that this is truely an amazing car. Buyers looking at the C's and the 3 series should really consider this one.
2003 BMW 525 - i (M5) Sedan
Pros: Overall appearance and smooth ride.
Advice: Go and drive this...you'll buy it!I was certainly tempted to cough up the additional four grand for the 530i when I purchased my new 525i and, after driving it for several months, I'm glad I didn't. This is the smoothest running car on the planet! The engine is responsive, shifting is a breeze (I have the five speed) and the overall quality of the car is second to none. I have owned many 'Japanese luxury sedans' and thought they were very good. This is way better!