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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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    1/27/2002 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

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    1/26/2002 10:21:28 PM

    2002 Acura CL - Type S

    Pros: The 260-hp engine

    Cons: Lack of rear power sunshade, moisture sensitive windshield wipers, and a park distance control system

    Advice: If you are looking for higher performance, next year's model will have a six-speed stick shift and potentially a 290-hp engine

    The car is very quick without being crass like a muscle car. It has sharp lines which look very nice, but the rear is incomplete without the spoiler. At $895, it's expensive but much-needed. The controls are all convenient, except for the moonroof controls. Also, I dislike the two dummy-switches in the car considering that there are no options to fill the slots. One of them should have been used for a control to turn the fog lights on and off; is there any reason to not have this control? All in all, it's a good car on its own laurels and a great car when compared to others at its price-point.

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    1/26/2002 10:12:36 PM

    2002 Toyota Land Cruiser - Base

    Pros: Handling/Ride quality

    Cons: Initial cost

    Advice: Take the vehicle out for a long period of time to really appreciate it.

    An exceptional handling vehicle, particularly for its size. The ride is firm but not rough. And, it corners without any tilt. Much better quality than Ford, Chevy or Land Rover ever thought about producing!! Plus, it is not one of those sissy SUVs that BMW and Mercedes are pushing off on consumers - these are nothing more than jacked-up station wagons. Also, looking at the stats, the LandCruiser beats the Lexus LX - and you don't have all the cheesey cladding.

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    1/26/2002 3:45:37 PM

    2002 Kia Sedona - EX

    Pros: engine and transmission

    Cons: no fold away seats

    Advice: If you are considering a minivan,you have to check this one out.

    If you could fold the back seat away like the honda odyssey,this would be the best van at any price,lexus like confort and ride,incredible for a vehicule this price,KIA you have done an excellent job.

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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