... Carfax and Consumer reports. No, don't rely on them too heavily, but nevertheless, a couple limited tools are certainly better than just hearsay, emotions, and the seller's good(?) word.
... I had so much trouble accelerating, and maintaining speed going up hills, I had to either give it more gas, or sometimes i even had to downshift and give it the go-go juice. The four cylinder in it just had too much trouble keeping up, my dad in my familys olds intrigue was having no problem with the 3800 V6.
Lets just say that I will not ever own a car with a 4 banger in it
or sometimes i even had to downshift and give it the go-go juice.
It would be worth it to me to pay an extra 1,000 dollars for say a camry or something equivelant with a v6 in it. Maybe its me not used to driving at 3500 rpms. And for a production car to have the exhuast sound it does, driving at 3500+ rpms for 5 hours straight drove me nuts. I like quiet exhuast's.
Talk softly but carry a big stick.
I had a matrix. I loved it. But I don't think I'm going to find one in my price range.
Ford focus == i hate.
Let me explain. Currently I am driving a 2002 focus. It is my grandmother's, and she's let me borrow it during the day while we look for a car. It has 17,000 miles on it and it feels like it's falling apart. The axles "rattle" for lack of a better term. I'm somewhat experienced with auto mechanical things, and I know enough to know it's not a strut or rattling caliper or something. When you start going over 50mph, the car feels like it's going to lift off the road and it sort of shimmies. I do NOT like the feel of the suspension, and cornering feels really crappy. She already had a major fuel injector problem (failed injectors) and it stalled out on her with only 5,500 miles on it, and it was in the shop for 3 days for "engine repairs". Maybe she just got a lemon, but I think this car sucks and it has turned me off to focii forever :-/
less talky, more linky!
Now it's beemer time for uncle daddy :rarr:
You sure it was an SVT? The SVT has six gears, you shouldn't be driving beyond 3500 on the freeway even.
I was talking at cruising speeds (80+mph) and it was worse while I was going up hill. Like I said, I'm not used to driving four cylinders, their power band is up higher than my v-6's is, and her readline (7,500) is high compared to my 5,800. Maybe its that I'm so used to driving my car that I was afraid the heads would pop off if I took it past 6k.
The BMW is nice, but keep in mind that it is a rear-wheel drive.
Don't hate the I4s. Sure some are underpowered, but I have yet to find any grade that my S2000 couldn't get up in 3rd gear, much less having to down shift because of not having the torque.
And like Gargoyle said, it sure helps to have a slightly more fuel efficient vehicle these days.
Buddy Jesus wrote:
Love the SAAB! Post some pics when you get a chance.
I was checking the Wikipedia entry on the motor in it and it mentioned that the one you have sometimes fails from oil sludge problems. Since it's dealer maintained and I'd think they'd check for signs, you shouldn't have any issues but it might be something to look into, just to be aware. I don't know much about it.
Now go find yourself a nice BMW.