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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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    1/26/2002 1:29:00 PM

    2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer - LTZ 4x4

    Pros: The memory settings

    Cons: not having a cassett recorder as standard with a CD.

    Advice: LTZ has a lot of nice features that are standard, but this makes the LTZ more expensive

    Owning another Blazer (2000) allows me to make comparsions daily. I must say there is no comparsion. The 2002 Trailblazer has more car like features and handling and really does not feel like you are driving a truck. The only negative I could come up with was the pricing is higher then I first expected. Since this was a replacement for the Blazer the increase should have been lower. I would suggest GM review the pricing on the Trailblazer and reduce the MSRP for and LTZ to about $32,000. Then as you add some of the features like moon roof and Limited slip you would have a MSRP of about $34,000 and not the $36,000 Plus these come in at.

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    1/26/2002 11:57:44 AM

    2002 Honda CR-V - LX (M5) 4x4

    Pros: My favorite feature would have to be the automatic transmission. I've been driving a manual transmission for much too long.

    Cons: The location of the gear shifter.

    Advice: Be wary of the gear shift lever while reaching for the radio.

    I really enjoy driving my CRV. It's a smooth ride and the sound system is great. I had been looking for an automobile that would be comfortable on long drives, and large enough to hold all the family needs. But not so large that it would be like driving a boat. I found it in the CRV. There's plenty of storage space, and room for five average size adults. On the least liked feature. The location of the gear shifter took some getting use to. On 3 occasions, while driving to work in the early morning darkness, I accidently bumped the lever when reaching for the radio. It was enough of a bump to push the lever into neutral! I'm aware of the possibility now, but still find that having to reach around the lever to select a radio station is a bit of an annoyance.

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    1/26/2002 10:11:27 AM

    2002 Toyota Sequoia - SR5 4x2

    Pros: Separate front/rear temp controls, even with sunroof. Competition does not have separate rear controls available with a sunroof.

    Cons: For my wife, the primary driver of this vehicle , it's that darn blindspot caused by second row outboard headrest .

    Advice: Look at the Yukon/Tahoe, then compare overall with this vehicle. This should have better resale down the road, and has a greater level of safety features.

    Fit, finish, and function are excellent! The ride is not as soft as our Suburban, but is not far off the Yukon we test drove. Driver blind spot resulting from the oversize headrest at the 2nd row passenger side is a problem for shorter drivers. Solution may be to remove this headrest until needed to carry a taller passenger in that position. Young children will not require the headrest. Shoulder belts at all seats a big plus, with outboard adjustable shoulder harnesses in the 1st and second rows great for kids and shorter adults to prevent harness from strangling them. Storage bins throughout, cupholders. Cloth is the seat material of our choice for passenger all weather comfort. Outstanding safety features include Vehicle Skid Control, ABS, limited slip control for 4WD. Bigger than the Yukon, more cargo room, better seatbelts, front, side, and sidecurtain airbags, yet

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    1/25/2002 1:04:02 PM

    2002 Volkswagen Jetta - GLS L (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Turbo and Monsoon sound system

    Cons: Cup Holders, seat reclining crank wheel, and lack of rear seat space. also Velour seats gather a LOT of lint. Lint Magnets!!

    Advice: Pay no more than $300 over invoice. Start bidding wars by contacting different dealerships online. Definitely get your quotes from online car buying services.

    I had no idea the power behind these little guys. When I first took the test drive and the salesman told me to accelrate fast, I had NO idea it was going to take off that fast. I've never driven a Honda or Toyota that felt like this.

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    1/25/2002 8:11:03 AM

    2002 Nissan Altima - 3.5 SE (M5)

    Pros: Performance..this car is incredibly quick for its size

    Cons: Sunroof operation and associated wind noise

    Advice: Take a test drive and be amazed!!

    At 6'1' I was amazed that the salesman at 6'3' was able to sit behind me, even with the seat all the way back. The spaciousness of the vehicle is tremendous from the interior all the way to the trunk. The vehicle has tremendous power and can get you into the traffice flow quickly and without any effort. The Altima has been redesigned and will definitely be a class leader.

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    1/25/2002 5:39:42 AM

    2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Limited 4x4

    Pros: Everything about the dash, radio, and seats

    Cons: I cant see the front of the hood very well while driving

    Advice: Get the Limited with the V-8 and sandstone int

    Great Truck. I have been off-road with no problems and lots of power (I have the V-8 and 4 wheel drive). The ride on road is very good. It is quiet and rides heavy. The radio on the Limited is the best I have seen yet. The seats are improved and give more support. I changed the air intake to K&B high flow and this gives me 17 MPG in town and 22 MPG on the HWY (and this is with a V-8 and 4 wheel drive)

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    1/25/2002 4:48:29 AM

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD - LT 4x2 Crew Cab 6.5' Box

    Pros: interior comfort

    Cons: quality

    Advice: see my test drive review

    Beware - The Vortect engine in this vehicle may have the power that Chevrolete brags about but it does not have the quality. My truck is a 2000 5.3L V8. Currently there is about 53,000 miles on it. I have had it in for (2) fuel pump replacements (while under 15,000 miles), a steering shaft replacement (53,000), leaking front axle seal (53,000), and engine knock (started at 12,000 and continues to get worse). The engine knock is probably the most significant issue in which GM is undoubtedly trying to cover up with excuses. I have taken the vehicle in (4) times complaining about this issue. The first bulliten published by GM (around September 2000)said that the noice was considered 'normal if it subsided within 1 minute after warm up'. They concluded that the noise was 'piston slap' but were not 100% sure. As time went on the noise ran longer than 1 minute. I took the vehicle back in (3) more times complaining, trying to get a resolution to the problem - GM did nothing to support it. The bulliten has been updated now to say that 'if the noise subsides within two minutes, it is considered normal' and that'GM engineers have concluded that the knock is not detrimental to the longevity of the engine. Well, I don't know about you, but I am a mechanical engineer and I know that when parts are colliding at high speeds, streeses and fatigue occur between the parts. And piston slap on a brand new $32,000 vehicle is not acceptable and reflects degrading quality in GM designs. Moreover, how can an engineer say it is not detrimental to the longevity to the engine when the engine is brand new and there are not enough existing case studies to back this statement up just yet. Metal against metal collisions within an engine is undoubtedly setting the stage for future problems - problems that will arise when your warrenty is expired and GM says 'sorry'. Additionally, while changing the oil at 23,500 miles, I found something interesting and upsetting. The drain bolt on the oil pan is magnetized. It is magnetized with the intent of collecting fine metal particles due to normal engine wear - that's fine and that will surely occur. What is very upsetting is the fact that when I pulled the drain bolt out while changing the oil at 23,500 miles, a piece of metal flash (about 3/4 inch long, 1/8 inch wide, and .010' thick) was stuck to the magnet. Common sense to even a person who doesn't know much about engines says metal shavings of this size floating around in the engine is NOT GOOD for the engine. Perhaps this came from the piston (due to the slap)? My next step is going to be to send this in to GM and have them analyze where it came from. I am a car buff and take very good care of my vehicles. When I repreatedly visit the dealer with questions regarding the knock issue issue, they throw up their hands in the air with no positive answer as to why the noise exists. Two days ago, I spoke with a mechanic at the dealer (tired of excuses from the service director) and he said they are not even sure why it is occurring (the mechanic - straight from the horses mouth). Three other family members have Chevy Silverados and are beginning to complain of the same issue, in addition to significant transmission problems. Once again, beware. GM is not backing this up and is surely trying to cover their a__ so they are not slammed with major engine replacement or rebuild costs. I would love to hear from someone else with the same knock issue and would like to know how you have been supported by a company that says - 'Chevy, we'll be there'