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Car Ratings

Getting firsthand information from an actual car owner is one sure way to get an idea of car performance once it leaves the lot. Autobytel features real consumer reviews that give the unbiased experience of a car.

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    1/28/2002 8:43:39 PM

    2002 Nissan Xterra - SE (M5) 4x4

    Pros: I love all the accessories and the supercharged engine...price too!

    Cons: The gas mileage is low, but that's to be expected.

    Advice: Test drive this one last...you'll never go back to the other dealerships.

    I was looking for a vehicle that could support my active lifestyle. I own a boat and love being outdoors. This SUV emcompasses all the features that I was looking for in a rugged go-anywhere vehicle. It's very roomy, nimble, and with the supercharged engine suprisingly quick. The accessories are what really makes this vehicle special. I can throw all the wetsuits, skis, and tubes on the roof and they are all dry when I get home. All I can say is take it for a test drive. You won't be disappointed!!

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    1/28/2002 4:03:20 PM

    2002 Nissan Altima - 3.5 SE (M5)

    Pros: style

    Cons: problems with electrical and airbag

    Advice: do your homework - wait a year too new

    purchased 9/2001 had car for 600 miles went into shop for 22 days for airbag module.went in again 1/2002 for same problem. It is still at the dealer. Also ignition noise in radio

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    1/28/2002 11:06:00 AM

    2002 Oldsmobile Alero - GL1 Sedan

    Pros: Smooth ride and handling

    Cons: Emergency brake location

    Advice: The Alero is based on the exact suspension as the Grand Am, but the Alero's features are what sets them apart

    The most exciting and exhilerating rides I've ever experienced in a car. The handling on the Alero blew away the competition. I've spent the last 3 months looking at Alero's, Grand Am's, and Malibu's. The Alero, by far, beat them all to the line. I've purchased my new Alero and couldn't be more satisfied.

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    1/28/2002 6:50:49 AM

    2002 Nissan Maxima - SE (M6)

    Pros: Power

    Cons: nothing

    Advice: Compare it with the upper end cars first - then go test drive a Maxima - then you will see how great this car is.

    I drive a lot of cars throughout the year, if you want a car that is just as good as a Lexus for a lot less money this is your car. You cannot go wrong.

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    1/28/2002 5:36:47 AM

    2002 Chevrolet Blazer - 4x2 4dr

    Pros: The ride and cruse control

    Cons: nothing. I have found nothing I do not like.

    Advice: Find a dealership that puts the customer first

    This vehicle handles surprizingly well for an SUV. I drove my daughters 98 model on an 800 miles round trip and fell in love with it's ride. I purchased a 2002 and my wife fell in love with it. Prior to this, we owned a Saturn SL2. This vehicle rides like a Cadalac and the 4.3 V6 engine is known for its reliability if maintain properly.

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    1/27/2002 10:22:52 PM

    2002 Toyota RAV4 - (M5) FWD

    Pros: Comfort, visibility, responsiveness

    Cons: Many options should come as standard. Packaged options are strange combinations.

    Advice: If you're looking for a great little 'do everthing' runabout. This your car!

    I took my time and read all the reviews, test drove 5 of the top rated SUVs and found the RAV4 was the best quality and comfort for my specific needs. Being a petite female ruled out many of the SUVs because of access, comfort or visibility. The RAV has great styling, looking so much like a Lexus, that people are always asking if it is. The seats fit perfectly..AND move up so my short legs can reach the peddles. The auto is much smoother than the standard that I drove. The engine is peppy, merging into freeways well, and 'kicking in' to pass while cruising at about 80. I don't need a gas guzzling speed demon for my 'runabouts' and trips. Steering was responsive and firm. The ride was car-like with very little sway or tilt in the test. Just all around...fun to drive. Seemed to have more punch and pick up than many of the higher priced or more powerful(Including CRV and some V6s).

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    1/27/2002 10:05:40 PM

    2002 Chevrolet S-10 - LS 4x2 Extended Cab

    Pros: 3rd door

    Cons: reliability

    Advice: run as fast as you can for the exit - do not uy

    my gmc sonoma with 4 cylinder engine which is the corporate twin to the s-10 was horrible. in less than 70,000 miles it had blew 2 head gaskets, the transmission went out, it went thru 3 u-joints, the alternator died, the 5-year extended coolant was rusty and need of a change in less than 2 years, and it broke a timing chain that incurred over $1200 in damage