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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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    1/20/2002 12:28:02 PM

    2002 Oldsmobile Alero - GLS Sedan

    Pros: All the AUTO Stuff - door locks - lights

    Cons: No arm rest

    Advice: After approx 1 month of driving - I luv it.

    For me this works ... small, comfortable and easy to drive. Handles nice.

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    1/20/2002 10:01:46 AM

    2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer - LTZ 4x2

    Pros: Driver's Information Digital readout on instrument panel

    Cons: The steering is a little loose right in the center position but it's not a problem once you get used to it. This is my first SUV/truck which is probaly why I noticed this.has a little null area at the center

    Advice: Buy the side running boards. I highly recommend you give this SUV a test drive and see for yourself how great a SUV this is.

    I have a little over 3,000 miles driving on both city streets and highways. The ride is very comfortable on both city streets and highways. I was impressed how nice it takes bumps and irregular pavement on city streets. It drives like a premium car. It's hard to believe it is a SUV. For a mid-size SUV it is very easy to wash. I recommend you get side running boards which make it easier to get in and to reach the topside of the vehicle. It has fantastic engine acceleration and power. My gas mileage does average out to be 14 MPG in stop-and-go city driving; it gets 20-24 MPG on the highway. The worst gas mileage I've had while highway driving is about 20 MPG due to driving through hilly and semi-mountainous areas. I highly recommend you go and test drive the vehicle to find out for yourself how great a SUV this is. I am very happy with my Trail Blazer LTZ purchase. I get many compliments on it's good looks.

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    1/19/2002 7:59:21 PM

    2002 Chevrolet Corvette - Base Coupe

    Pros: The 5.7 liter 350 horse power V8

    Cons: The long heavy doors

    Advice: Get the 6 speed manual transmission.

    The 2002 Corvette coupe is the absolute best bang for your buck in the premium sports car class. It combines throw-you-back-in-your-seat acceleration with tight handling and enough leg and head room for my 6+ foot frame. I actually enjoy driving to work every day!

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    1/19/2002 5:23:38 PM

    2002 Mitsubishi Montero Sport - LS 4x4

    Pros: The entire package - Comfort, sure-footed, looks good, ride

    Cons: Gas Milage so far 17 to 18 GPM

    Advice: Research & Compare... You will probably come back

    We were ready to leave the station wagon behind, but not yet ready for a sedan... the van was out... My wife wanted a pretty car... I wanted something that looked good, drove well, had 4 wheel drive, and could still get us to the outter banks comfortably with our family of 5 for summer vacation... Also checked with owners for reliability...The Montero Sport LS was the solution... Feels good so far... looking forward to driving more

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    1/19/2002 2:03:56 PM

    2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer - LS 4x2

    Pros: Interior appearance

    Cons: Some amount of body roll while cornering, just an SUV thing?

    Advice: Price check option packages (LS vs LT) buy only what you want

    Plenty of power from the inline six. Interior layout is well designed. Rear seats are easy to manuver. Seems to have as much or more interior room as any or the other vechicles we looked.

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    1/19/2002 7:57:38 AM

    2002 Toyota Sienna - CE

    Pros: The tinted windows.

    Cons: The third row seating.

    Advice: I suggest you get the most expensive the XLE because the minivan would be alot better if you had leather and more options than the CE.

    I like the Sienna very much, but it also has many bad qualities. The steering is alittle rough and the third row seating is very hard to get into. However, the minivan drives very smoothly and and the quality of the car is just amazing.

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    1/19/2002 7:47:19 AM

    2002 Nissan Maxima - GLE (A4)

    Pros: Overall quality

    Cons: Front wheel drive and dull appearance

    Advice: Bargain aggressively, they are not selling as fast as they would like

    It's always a compromise when you purchase a car, be it price, performance or any of your favorite features. I think 2002 Maxima is a good compromise. The 2004 version is going to be even better with rear wheel drive and added power, but you have to wait for 2 more years. I managed to negotiate for the GLE for $1000 below invoice before the $1000 factory rebate because dealership feared that Maxima will sit in the lot with new design of Altima.