Used Wagons Ratings
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2003 Audi A4 - T (A5) quattro Sedan
Pros: Heated Seats
Cons: Rear winodw
Advice: Get an internet price quote!! I saved over $2000 dollars that way!Very fun to drive! The A4 has a nice quiet, smooth ride. The steering is very responsive: I can take turns much faster than I usually do. The car also has great acceleration. Love the standard 6-disk CD changer, and the stereo has decent sound, even without the BOSE upgrade. My wife vowed never to leave the passenger seat once she turned on the heated seats. That's fine with me! I get to drive! I do have some reservations about this car though. When the car is in the 'D' position, it likes to downshift a lot, especially when changing speeds on the highway. However, the acceleration is much smoother when I use the 'S' position for driving. The downside is that I don't get optimum gas mileage when I do that. The 1.8T as of now does not come with power seats, which is kind of annoying since my wife and I have to re-adjust the seats mirror, etc. every time we switch drivers. I think I heard power driver seat will be included in a package later in the year though. Another thing that bothers me about the A4 is the fact that the rear window is very small, and there are blind spots generated by the wide pillars flanking the rear window. It makes it very hard to parallel park, although I'll probably get used to it over time. Overall, I believe this car was a great buy. Compared to any other luxury car, you get a lot more of both fun and elegance per buck. Looking to buy your first 'nice' car? Consider the Audi A4: It's worth it!
2003 Toyota Matrix - Standard (M5) FWD
Pros: Room, handling & everything
Cons: Having to drive slow while breaking it in.
Advice: Buy & EnjoyBuilt for both the tall & short. Rear seats can fit 6'+ comfortably. Loads of room for people our cargo or both. Finally a glove box that can hold more than gloves or the manual. Hugs the road and has power to get you out of trouble. Love it.
2003 Subaru Outback - H6-3.0 L.L. Bean Edition (A4) Wagon
Pros: Suspension and road holding
Cons: The seats
Advice: If the seats work for you - buy it.This vehicle handles more loke a sport car than a station wagon. It is solid and sure footed. The six cylinder engine is smooth and quiet, but it does requjire the highest grade fuel for best performance. I am 6'5' and I find the seats to be terrable, hard with little leg support. Eventhough drivers leg room is stated as being 43.3' it sure dosen't feel like it.
2003 Saab 9-5 - Aero Sport Wagon
Pros: 250 hp standard transmission that really cooks
Cons: lack of all wheel drive
Advice: If you love to drive a standard transmission, this is the one!I am a die-hard manual transmission lover. I test drove both a manual 185 hp Linear and the 250 hp Aero wagons. I found the Linear adequate but not exciting to drive. The seating position was comfortable and firm, acceleration was okay, but when I took it up a local steep mountain, it hovered between 3rd and 4th gears. I also took it over a very bumpy backroad and found the suspension wonderfully smooth. I loved the ride and feel, but felt it was underpowered compared to the Allroad. The extra hp in the Aero manual made up the difference. This wagon wants to leap forward out of your hands from the minute you put it into first gear. It is as much fun to drive as my Jaguar X-Type manual 3.0 5 speed. For $10,000 less than the Audi Allroad 5 speed, this car really delivers! Even the 270 hp W8 VW Passat wagon doesn't even come close to the 250 hp Aero. It is comparable to the Linear, however. As a footnote, my kids are excited about the heated rear seats in the Saab--a feature I have not found anywhere else.
2003 Toyota Matrix - XR (M5) FWD
Pros: Its versatility
Cons: Cargo cover
Advice: Test deive it... Take it home!What I liked most about the Matrix was its versatility. You can do almost anything with it. Has lots of cargo and passenger room. You can't beat the AC outlet idea, although a 3-prong outlet would have been an even better idea.
2003 Toyota Matrix - XR (M5) FWD
Pros: The ease of getting in and out of the car
Cons: Dome Lights- Hard to tell what position to put on the dial on
Advice: It is a great/fun little car. Plenty of room.Car handles nice on the road.
2003 Saturn L-Series - L300 (A4) Sedan
Pros: the engine and transmission and the safety features like space frame, ABS, side airbags, and plastic door panels
Cons: the paint dinish, the interior, for the price, was too spartan
Advice: don't get white! and get front mud guardsmine is a 2001 300L. responsive, electronic throttle, grade sensitive transmission, and peppy V6 put you on the freeway like a shot! you can accelerate at 70 mph and be at 100 mph in a couple seconds. it handles like a breeze. some negatives-i have white paint, it doesn't clean as well as others i've had, and there's a lot of brake dust from the front wheels on the front side panels. rear fold down arm rest is ineffective and front arm comfort is poor.