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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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    2/14/2002 11:24:11 AM

    2002 Kia Sedona - EX

    Pros: PRICE & LOOKS - Leather Seats.

    Cons: No power sliding rear doors & or security system.

    Advice: Forget the 'KIA' image - compare the features & the price!

    I was amazed! I had looked at the GM, Ford, Dodge and Honda Min-Vans – and for the price and standard options available I was sold. We bought ours for about $1000 less than MSRP – it came with the optional side body molding, leather bucket seats, Anti-lock Breaks and Home Link (fancy garage door opener) plus all the standard features – electric rear window (pop-out), fog lights, rear heater, rear A/C controls, rear window defroster, front window & side mirror deicer, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, overhead lights (7), clock/trip computer, STORAGE, & CUPHOLDERS (everywhere) and MORE. A similar Windstar with all the extras to match would be almost $8,000 more. The only major item it doesn’t have is power rear doors. The 3.5 liter engine with the 5 Speed Automatic provide plenty of power thru all speeds. The standard options are amazing – the rear heating work great (hasn’t been hot enough to really test the A/C). The sound system (AM/FM/Cass/CD – 6 Speaker) is equally to many luxury car system – far better than some of the other mini-vans I looked at. The ride is very smooth and quite, engine noise is extremely quite. The seats are all very comfortable, and there is plenty of leg room – the rear seat are a little difficult to get to with the optional bucket seat in the middle and the head room is a little close for adults, but the kids have no problem. I was told when I bought it that it was design to get a five star rating from the government, but that it had not been tested yet. Since then it has been tested and did receive the five star rating, so if safety is a concern this is the van for you – unfortunately the extra weight does reduce the gas mileage, we are getting around 18 during normally driving (better than the 15 they said). If you are looking for a min-van – make sure to check this one out!

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    2/14/2002 9:27:19 AM

    2002 Ford Explorer - XLT 4x2

    Pros: The 3rd row seating

    Cons: Not being able to see the mileage and trip mileage at the same time.

    Advice: Go with the V8 model.

    I really like to V8 model. It drives very smooth and the steering is great. This vehicles handles just like a car. Easy manuevering (sp?) into spots.

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    2/13/2002 5:40:00 PM

    2002 Saturn VUE - (M5) FWD

    Pros: ease of entry and exit

    Cons: lack of availability

    Advice: I thought road noise was a bit loud for the automatic V6

    I drove the 5 speed 2WD 4 cylinder VUE. I loved it. It is very comfortable for getting in and out. It is very zippy. It is comfortable for large people.

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    2/13/2002 10:22:13 AM

    2002 Mercury Cougar - V6 Base (200A)

    Pros: The ride and handling is super

    Cons: Backseat room is minimal

    Advice: Go to Ford.com and pre-qualify - makes the process a breeze

    I just purchased a 2002 Cougar and I love this car! I was shocked at the ride, features and pricing. Ford.com made financing easy and the entire purchase process was painless. I have never owned a car I loved this much!

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    2/13/2002 3:12:51 AM

    2002 Toyota Camry - LE (M5)

    Pros: Toyotas reputation for qaulity cars.

    Cons: Radio volume control a little hard for us with larger fingers.

    Advice: Drive and compare, it does all the speaking for itself.

    The new styling originally won us over. When we test drove it, I was impressed with the power from the four cylinder. The standard equipment was impressive also. When the salesman explained all the safety features on this car we were sold. Hardest part was picking the color (Black walnut pearl).

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    2/12/2002 11:34:29 AM

    2002 Hyundai Accent - L (M5) Hatchback

    Pros: reliability

    Cons: feels cheap and possibly less safe as some others in its class.

    Advice: Just getting to and from places at a low cost buy the car.

    98 thousand miles not a single problem except for a master slave clutch cylender covered under warrenty. I've abused this car and it has not sought retrobution. I've only change dthe oil 5 times and replaced the front brak pads once. The car still seems to be going strong. For the price it cant be beat. Going up hills it passes the Hondas and other subcompacts. It may be the fuel injection. It revs out with noise at about 80mph but can go to 90 or 95 without a problm for short periods. For the price and reliability and function of getting from point a to b its a great car.

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    2/11/2002 9:58:09 PM

    2002 Dodge Ram 1500 - ST 4x2 Quad Cab Short Box

    Pros: roomy......

    Cons: price

    Advice: get one of each color

    Love at first sight....(drive)