Although I have owned 2 Subarus, I
thought I was going to end up in a
Jetta 1.8T, or used Audi A4.
Jetta summary - higher perf and a
higher price, no AWD, not as safe, or
Comparably priced A4s were 1999
vintage, a bit long in the tooth.
I considered the protege5, but looking
at the safety data quickly ended that.
The wagon's cargo options are
extremely flexible. My 55 lb.
dog fits comfortably in the back.
The driver's seat is comfortable and
visibility is good. The
instrumentation is adequate.
Although I read lukewarm reviews of
the acceleration I suspect they were
based on the automatic transmission.
I find the M5 to be more than
Fun to drive
Incredible handling again, I
recommend the manual.
Safety -AWD+4wheel ABS really helps in
CABIN NOISE!!! Some reviews
mentioned this, but it's worse than I
expected. Esp. at highway speen.
No Leather Option!? Dealer wanted
$1200 for after-market installation.
Fuel Economy seems to be running at
the lower end of the EPA estimate (21-