One For the Money Two for the SHO
September 30, 2009
You cannot now, nor could you ever beat this car for the money. It's no BMW but its close, and don't forget to factor in maintenance, reliability, and parts replacement - if you factor those it, nothing comes close, literally.
Its just quick enough and sounds like its going to eat its competition. All that at it gets better mpg's than its 328i counter part (which my girl friend owns).
The handling, if you haven't checked, is bar none amazing. It leans just a little then bites HARD, especially with the right tires, heck, it'll almost pull 1 G stock. The Chassis up front is as stiff as you could possibly ask for, outback, it could use a strut tower brace or something, but nothing to be ashamed of or worried about.
The exterior is delicious to me, but thats all subjective, but I'd argue with you if you told me the butt of this vehicle wasn't beautiful.
The seats are supportive and never get hot spots on long trips. I have to admit though that the ergonomics are simply sufficient, they aren't anything to compliment. You will notice there is no center arm rest (but you can get one out of a Mistique in a junk yard for 20 bucks). One compliment I must make though are the back seats! If you miss the chance to just briefly sit in them - your life shall be incomplete, automakers take note please! Those 1 G turns couldn't dislodge you.
For 99 the features in this car were decent, Everything power, CD Player, Sunroof, Leather. There are 3 things this car has as far as features go that no one has, not even BMW - a tiny engine with huge muscles for its size (in fact it beat the M3 for hp per liter, and here is the kicker to me... not just 4 sensor ABS, like every car, but a specific Bosh ABS control computer WITH 4 sensors AND Channels. Even here in 2010 most cars have 4 sensor 3 channel ABS, which means your rear tires are pumped together, not independently. Lastly but most importantly 4 wheel vented disks - and not tiny ones either, try to get these to fade on the road ... you're a liar if you say you did.
Overall value - there is no argument against it.