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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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 guards

    mine 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.

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    2003 Toyota Matrix - XRS (M6) FWD

    Pros: Red Out interior / running fog and headlights

    Cons: speaker system..good but not extreame

    Advice: Test it out....... Take it home...

    I love my Matrix xrs!!! I bought my matrix with 30 miles on it, and every mile I put on my matrix is another mile of FUN!! This car definatly attracts attention, with its eye-catching exterior!! But the best part about it is the joy I have from imside the car.

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    2002 Audi A4 - 3.0 (A5) quattro Sedan

    Pros: Drive train.

    Cons: Could use a little wider leg well.

    Advice: I'm glad I got the 6 cylinder. But you'll save a bundle if you can live with the 1.8T.

    I went without the sport package. I was willing to sacrifice a little handling performance for a slightly smoother ride and all season tires. I heard this year's regular suspension is roughly what last year's sport suspension was anyway. A vey well finished interior. I thought it was much nicer than the BMW 3 series. Very contemporary exterior with a lot of class. Somewhat understated at first glance but then you begin to notice the trim. Nice sound system. Great power at all speeds. Tiptronic is nice on a long grade to select the gear you want. But I use the auto sport mode if I'm winding through tight curves on a back road. Great buy.

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    2003 Toyota Matrix - XRS (M6) FWD

    Pros: Handling

    Cons: Stalling

    Advice: Stay away from XRS until this stalling issue is sorted out.

    I own one. It has 5000 miles on it. It stalls infrequently but is consistantly doing so. The bad part is this: So far Toyota says they cannot find anything wrong so they cannot fix it. They called and said they could not find anything wrong, although they experienced the stalling. They told me I could pick up my car! I could not believe it. So, I am pressing it further. The car has now been in 2 weeks and 6 days with no fix as of yet. I have confirmed 2 other people with the exact same symptoms. One has settled with GM on his 2003 Pontiac Vibe GT (same as XRS). The other is going to his dealer in Canada this week. I just want everyone to know what is up with this otherwise nice automobile. Thanks.