Originally Posted by markwb
Originally Posted by nick *
anything is helpful
I think the 03'* are probably the best SSEi'* of the 2000+ generation. It all depends on how much $$ you're willing to let go. Personally, I would look for a low miles 99 SSEi. The 96-99 body style interior/exterior is better imo.
True, True!!! I also think the 03 is one of the better years.
The 02-03 has better seating, not to mention dual heated seats, cleaner placement of the TC button, and most likely you'll still have a factory warranty still.
I test drove an 03 last weekend when I visited Andrew in Windom. I thought I got a good price out of them when they said $18k with 30k miles, but just this afternoon I found a black 03 SSEi with 34k miles for $14.5k!!!!!
I know I shouldn't and probably won't, but for that price I could take the car, park my SLE SC, drive the 03 for 6-8 months putting on about 5-10k, and turn around and sell it for a profit. Loss though would be in the insurance department -a little to rich for my taste.
A low mileage 99 would be perfect though also if you want to do any modding. It'll still be tight, fresh, and faster than a Y2k+ with the same mileage and mods. The 96-99'* are a very classy, sporty looking car for an American family sedan, and the 99 got a few updates (better tensioner pulleys, newer TB and sensors, and a few other things).
Not to mention I had a 99 already and today I got a dose of 'why I miss that car' when I test drove it (177k and it still purrs like a kitten).