I spent several months researching all
cars in this class and chose the 2004
model even though 2003's are cheaper.
It's got great reliability, resale
value, and exceptional build quality.
Also, it's got comfy seats and a real
smooth engine/transmission combo. The
2004 EX model upgrades make it more
distinctive (new alloys, front/rear
lights & bumpers, antilock brakes,
stereo & sound insullation, driver's
seat adjustment, new center console)
plus the new Magnesium color looks
great! The power moonroof eats up a
lot of headroom but I'm 6-1"
and can still fit but it's a little
snug - thank goodness the driver's seat
adjusts up and down!
I highly recommend the mud guards - it
gives the car a finished look, and
pinstriping is good too (skip the
spoiler - looks better without it and
you'll save almost $600). Also, get
the trunk liner. All are cheap.
Dealer was great.
Low-end torque is needed. It's also a
little loud when cruising at 3500-3800
rpm's (70-75 mph) but after two months
I'm finally getting use to it. The
power band is good all the way up to
5000 but don't do it too much or the
engine will likely wear out faster.