Date: Sat, 16 Mar 2002 19:42:19 -0000
From: "Simon Watkins" <>
Subject: Re: That aero feeling

"Iain McWilliams" <> wrote in message news:3c9376e9$0$20374$ > > It's approaching the end of my current contract hire on a 9-5 estate (2.0 > lpt SE). > > Prices in the UK have dropped a bit in the three years and I discovered that > I can now get an Aero Estate for practically the same money. So this morning > I had my first test drive of an aero. I turned up and within a couple of > minutes was leaving the dealership with the only proviso that the car had to > be back in an hour for the next test drive. Prices have dropped a lot - and they've upgraded the spec on the Aero to include Metallic Paint, HID Lighting, Heated front seats, Electric Memory Seats, as well as reducing the price! It's outstanding value for money - I tried to compare it with anything that BMW or Audi had to offer, and I would have had to drop a class (eg, down to the 3 series), and would have had to spend around 5k more for the same (actually, slightly less) specification. > After a couple of minutes to get used to an auto, last one I drove was six > years ago, a wide grin had appeared on my face. Then I discovered Sport > mode.... WOW it was like someone had lit an afterburner at the back of the > car. From that moment on I was sold, my next car had to be an aero. Who > needs salesmen when all the need do is give you the keys for an hour! Hehe, I was the same. I take delivery of mine in 3 weeks. :-) > All I have to do now is decide what colour... I went for Steel Grey with Charcoal leather. My current 9-5 is Silver Metallic, as was my last one, so I wanted a change this time. I think with the way they've rounded the lines off on the 02 models, the Silver now looks less masculine, and the Steel Grey looks nicer. I'm not so sure about the Silver Dash though - it looked awful against the beige trim of the Demonstrator, though people say it looks nice in the Charcoal interior. I'll reserve judgment, and I might end up treating myself to the Carbon Fibre dash if I don't like the Silver. Simon

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