I have the 2004.5 S40 2.4i with
Premium Package/Sound, Convenience.
I chose the 2.4i because I didn't feel
the T5 was $3K faster, meaning the
2.4i has some good enough zip for me.
As most others have written, you are
saving quite a few bucks when choosing
the S40 over the TSX, A4 or C230. I
came down to the Acura TSX and the
S40. I paid about $2K less,
understanding the great reliability
history of Acura. At the end of the
day I felt Acura is a small Accord
with a sport package. As for the A4
and C230, both were great cars but
were about $5K more. I would not have
considered the old S40 nor the current
S60, but the new 2004.5 S40) is a
Premium sound is definitely many
notches above the base stereo. Choose
it only if music is an important part
of your driving experience. The centre
console is easy to use if you watch
the demo CD or read the manual. The
leather they use is good quality and
I'm digging real deep here, because I
think they did great with the new S40.
I do think they need to find a better
place for the ignition. I have had to
train myself not to smack the
windshield wipers when starting the
car. Very minor but that's all I've
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