Recently pulled the I30 out from an almost 3-year garaged hiatus and it still looks fresh after all these years though the paint has seen better days. Cruises effortlessly on European highways with cruise control set at nearly 100mph. Excellent midrange power at the expense of fuel economy. Suspension is tuned for comfort; car gets unsettled during small-radius backroads turns. After 60,000 miles only problem has been with O2 sensor, otherwise trouble- free. I can foresee keeping this car for at least another 5 years. The Bose radio alone merits this, though the rear parcel shelf mounted subwoofer can become boomy. Otherwise, great value, great car.
Midrange power is addicting. Bose radio sounds crisp. Superior interior space trumps many competitors. Analog clock on center console is a classy touch. Cruises effortlessly and comfortably on highways.
The wood trim package features cheap, thin pieces glued over the standard trim. Fuel economy stands for improvement, as does the suspension; its a little too soft for the caliber engine that the car has.