Used Wagons Ratings
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2002 Audi A4 - T (M5) FWD Front Trak Sedan
Cons: no automatic seats
Advice: You have to drive it to believe it.The new CVT engine is phenomenal! I was concerned that the car was going to underpowered, but a long test drive showed that it is just not the case. The car is an amazing value for the sub-$30K price.
2003 Pontiac Vibe - Base FWD
Pros: moon roof and room
Cons: distinct lack of ponies
Advice: get one while you can, these are going to be hotI approached the Vibe with suspicion. Having driven a 300 hp Chevy Caprice for the last 7 years gave pause. This was a small car by comparison, and I weigh 360 lbs. In this car I can get behind the wheel when the seat is postioned for my much shorter wife. The Vibe is deceiving. It has plenty of leg room, loads of head room, and an upright seating position that gives you an SUV feel. Even though this is a small car, it has more usable space than my much larger Caprice. Yesterday I carried 8 foot lumber with no trouble inside the car. I experienced some trouble mastering the washer/wiper controls, once squirting a car wash attendant with washer fluid while attempting to turn off the wipers. After that I spent some time to familiarize myself to them. The moon and tunes package is phenomenal, the sound system is more powerful than the motor. I realize now that my wife and I were not the target for the Vibe. I am 47 and definitely not the young crowd, we just wanted a station wagon. We drove a Taurus and I smacked my head getting into it, no good. Neither of us wanted a van, but we were drawn to the Vibe. It is an outstanding vehicle. Several people have come up to us and asked to look at the car. This is something I have never experienced before. It has looks, utility, comfort and economy, what a great little car!
2003 Toyota Matrix - XRS (M6) FWD
Pros: Sporty style
Cons: 16' wheels
Advice: If you purchase this carI love the way the XRS hugs the corners and sticks to the road, handling is exelent, very little body roll, shifting gears is easy and fun, seatting is confortable and roomy, acceleration is great once you learn the revs/speed and speed/gear shifting, you will have fun with this car, I do. Also a big PLUS, you can order TRD parts from selected dealerships to make this car faster and handle even better, warranty is better than any aftermarket parts anywhere, as long as your new car warranty.
2003 Toyota Matrix - XR (M5) FWD
Pros: Versatility and well built
Cons: ABS is hard to come by
Advice: Contact Andrew Moore at Beltway Toyota in DC. If a dealer won't give you a price straight up for one, ignore them. Several dealers called me a liar when they asked what I was going to get from Andy...Honda Civic didn't even compare.Excellent car. Anyone in the DC area should consider contacting Andrew Moore of Beltway Toyota for a price. We purchased a loaded XR (ABS, 17' wheels, cruise, sports+ package, weather guard, 6 CD changer) for about 100 over invoice. No haggles and what we wanted. This car is in demand and with good reason, it handles excellently no matter what. We originally wanted a STD model but an XR with ABS swung us the extra.
2002 Audi A4 - T (M5) quattro Sedan
Pros: Fit and finish of the interior. Top notch!
Cons: Blind spot on the c-pillar.
Advice: Beware of the esp/abs lights coming on anytime they feel like it. It's in the shop for the third time. I'm not too impressed with the service.Smooth, powerful and comfortable. Quiet, smooth-shifting transmission is great!
2003 Toyota Matrix - XRS (M6) FWD
Pros: lots of passenger and cargo room
Cons: soft body, not comfortable to drive
Advice: make sure your comfortable and safe.i just test drive a matrix 2 days ago. i could not relax my feet its bend and still the steering wheel is too far from me. im a 5'11'. the shifting knob is too close too the dash board controls.
2003 Toyota Matrix - XR AWD
Pros: flexibility in toting cargo and people
Cons: No tape player. I was told by the dealer that Toyota isn't installing, since nobody is requesting
Advice: Buy it now. The price will increase quickly.I conducted quite a bit of research on-line before I purchased. My last car was a Corolla, but I wanted something with more flexibility...I have 5 grandchildren and need to tote bikes, etc. in addition to people. Though I'm only 5' tall I feel totally comfortable in this vehicle. I really like the wide windshield. I also like being higher off the ground than in the Corolla. I think that Toyota is missing an entire market by simply aiming this vehicle at young people. I'm 50+ and I LOVE it!!