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Pros: The styling
Advice: Test drive with big shoes onI have a feeling i just got a 'lemon' but i am very unhappy with my V50. My wife was pregnant and we decided to trade in the VW Golf for a safe and reliable family car. We loved the styling and was very impressed with the interior of the car. We have had the car for just under a year and less than 5000 miles and its been to the shop four times now. Three times i just died in my driveway and we had to get it towed to the dealer. The most recent was because the defroster stopped working during the worst rainstorm. Some other things to note. If anyone has a shoe size greater than 12, forget about wearing shoes while driving. I have a size 13 and i have to take my right shoe off if i drive otherwise my foot gets stuck between the break and the gas pedal. The visibility is also poor in the car. Being that its so solid, everything is thick, so its hard to see. Again, i just might have gotten unlucky with my v50
Pros: Stereo system
Cons: back seats
Advice: Buy it without regret....I have 15000 miles in my v50. It's a great machine. I bought it in Sept 2004 and I enjoy it every time, It feels new every day. It has lots of room in the back, beautiful interior design, good power and overall road handling. I like the key design. Tight seats in the back is the only drawback. I love this car.
Pros: The Navigation System, handling, smooth, fun to drive.
Cons: Haven't found anything negative
Advice: Check it out by taking it on a half-day on-the-road test drive. I did. Am very pleased!Drove my 2005 V50 in Germany, France, Belgium, Holland and Switzerland; in rough roads, heavy rain conditions, snow. Performed excellently, fun to drive! Can't wait to get it. Bought it on the European purchase program. Put in 4800 miles.
Cons: no arm rest for the driver :-(
Advice: Buy it!!!Oh what odes can I sing to my lovely car ? :) I can say that I've had it since july 2004, and loving every single minute of it!!! My husband is so jealous of me that he wants to buy himself a V50 too :) For us the car is super comfortable, we have 2 toddlers and the back is perfect for them as the car comes with built in children seats and well a great dvd system that they both can enjoy. The driver and passanger area's comfort are unprescedented in comfort and style, we have heated seats and individual heater controls (love it)! The leather seats are super nice and very easy to clean. I don't know much about the engine and other specifications, but I know from driving it for almost a year that the car is really fast! And I love driving fast and it handles great on corners and ice and in rain!
Pros: Turbo 5 tied to the geartronic AT
Cons: available color selection
Advice: This is a *buy*!!Excellent handling & superior acceleration/braking. Outstanding fit/finish/qiuality of materials used. Terrific as a daily commuter in the Wash. DC traffic h*ll and fun to take out for weekend trips on the back roads :) Only complaint is the back seats are a bit of a tight fit for our teenagers (+6', most of it in legs), but everything else is superb. With over 7500 miles in the last 3 months, I've enjoyed every moment in it.
Pros: exterior styling (wife got the red one)
Cons: road noise & low grade audio w/o the upgraded stereo.
Advice: Consider the Jaguar x-type(might cost more) or wait for the SAAB 93 wagon w/ 250HP (not AWD though)I did an overnight test drive from a dealer in southern Maine & was quite impressed w/ the AWD T5's performance. A lot of wind noise on the highway and the power is adequate w/ the slushbox; I have to say though that the reviews from Caranddriver &/or roadandtrack are accurate in the sense that the manu-matic is the best I've driven compared to the G35, 330Xi & my current '05 S4. It gives the most control & does not up-shift at redline, just stays there & waits for your input. Do your homework: I got my AWD T5 w/ comfort & convenience pakage at 28.8K (let delers w/in 150 mile radius compete for your business). My wife took 2 hours to decide bet black & red; but I agreed w/ her, this car looks sharper in red. Our prev '04 330 Xi & current '05 S4 are black.
Pros: exterior design
Cons: rough ride and noise
Advice: look at a few others before purchasingEngine noise was a turn off. Sluggish at first did better on the freewa. Low traction on higher speed. Very bumpy.Overall not a very comfortable ride. Interior mising some detail.