When I 1st saw the S40 in the LA auto show Jan 2003 I knew I was going to buy one. Picked it over my other want cars. RX8 too gas guzzler, BMW 3 series too common now, Audi A4 less power for more money, and Mini Coop selling more than invoice. If the S Coop was around 18K I would buy that instead. The T5 6 spd manual is perfect. It's got power when you need it yet it can get 33 MPG going up the mountains through the grape vine at 70 mph no traffic drive in cold morning air. High torque at low rpms making it easy to beat the young car aftermarket ad on enthusiasts. Quiet drive as if you're not even trying to speed up. Handling is great but car feels stiff or choppy at freeways.
Belgian-Swede. The light halo effect. Pro-logic surround is outstanding. Handling and the agressive german car stance. Safety features. Sideskirts and spoilers.
Lower the profile by a couple of inches and a little wider tires. REAR WHEEL DRIVE. Softer ride. Better looking cup holders like the Saab's. Sell Heico Products through the dealers in U.S. LCD display like the portable phones. Don't manufacture anywhere other than western europe.