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    2002 Lincoln Navigator - 4x4

    Pros: RIDE/POWER

    Cons: CENTER CONSOL TAKES UP TOO MUCH ROOM

    Advice: TRY THR EXPEDITION FIRST

    BIG POWERFULL AND GENERALLY SPACIOUS ALTHOUGH CENTER CONSOLE TAKES UP A LOT OF HIP ROOM. DETAIL ITEMS; DOOR FIT,PAINT ETC DOESN'T MATCH UP TO HIGH STANDARD IMPORTS

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    2002 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 - 4x4

    Pros: Conversion from a SUV to a truck in a flash!

    Cons: Parking the vehicle.

    Advice: Drive it and you will love it!

    It drives like a luxury car. The steering has a little play in it, but manageable. The get up and go of the vehicle is not that great. Pf course, I like speed! When driving the Avalanche, you do get alot of head turns! What is that??? This is the look you get on the road! Great SUV! I will not call it a truck!

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    2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Sedan

    Pros: AWD with tons of torque

    Cons: Vehicle seems less stable @ +110mph due - could be solved w/suspension upgrade

    Advice: Skip carbon fiber trim and get the suspension upgrade + performance muffler

    I replaced my 1998 Honda Prelude Type SH with this vehicle and never looked back. The straight line acceleration is incredible with minimal engine noise (unlike the Prelude VTEC)...and the AWD allows me an additional 10-20 mph cornering speed on my favorite roads. It is also a very friendly day-to-day driver...easy to get in and out of, 4 doors, large trunk, etc. Acquire one if you have the means. I cannot wait to drive it everyday!!

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    2002 Jaguar X-Type - 2.5L (M5)

    Pros: Handling

    Cons: Real (?) wood trim looks and feels like plastic

    Advice: If you're concerned about Jag's rep for mechincal problems as I was (am), Lease it. All servicing comes with it along with a comprehesive AAA like roadside assistance pacage.

    I've had my X-type for 3 months. equipped with 3L engine/auto, Luxury and Weather packages. It handles like a sports car with all the comforts and amenities of a luxury sedan. It's a joy to drive on back roads (every bit as fun as my old Triumph Spitfire used to be). However, it is equally good on the expressways. Plenty of power especially at the high end and at the low end too if you hit the 'S' button (neat for leaving tailgaters in the dust). Safety features especially the side impact & curtain air bags front and back give a sense of security. Anxious to try out the all wheel drive and traction control in the snow. This is my first Jag and it is everything I'd hoped it would be

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    2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Base

    Pros: outward appearance

    Cons: interior arrangement is tight

    Advice: be small people and have a sense of humor about being passed on hills

    Desperately needs more power and a two door model why the stodgy 15hp when it would be so easy to add the 25 horses needed to keep up with the appearance of a flashy new car? The option to have a two door is a big one for me to few single people cars on the market today this is a stylish car but as a slow starting four door it is strictly for the family and elderly set too bad it really is a head turner

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    2002 Mitsubishi Galant - LS

    Pros: The fact that the car won't let me lock my keys in the car.

    Cons: nothing as yet

    Advice: Try it, you'll like it!

    I have fallen in love with this car. Real comfort, real get up and go for easy merging on the highway and with it's high safety rating, real peace of mind.

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    2002 Kia Sedona - EX

    Pros: Comfort of interior layout

    Cons: The van is narrow compared to others; golf clubs are tight fit

    Advice: Be wary of dealer pricing. Check tire pressure. Skip ABS.

    This van runs so quietly, it is difficult to believe it is a Kia. Great pick-up, excellent ride, attractive interior. Leather upholstery is tastefully done. Kia engineers appear to have picked out all the good elements from the competition, improved on them, and then lowered the price. Initial ride was too harsh until I lowered the tire pressure from 45 pounds to 35 pounds. Ride improved immensely. Every door and compartment closes with a Lexus quality thunk. Even the radio appears to be good. I purchased for about $1000 under MSRP, but some dealers are increasing price by $1495 for something they call 'market value adjustment'.