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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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    1/19/2002 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.

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    1/18/2002 11:23:29 PM

    2002 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 - LS 4x4

    Pros: Love to drive it.

    Cons: Gasmileage

    Advice: Get it

    I have owned the expedition and the older tahoes. They don't compare. Handles great turns easy plenty of power out of the 5.3 I opted to get the Z71 package. We needed a little more room. Overall it is really a nice vehicle. i think the z71 is the best deal over the LS and LT. Doesn't look as long either.

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    1/18/2002 8:50:08 PM

    2002 Lexus SC 430 - Base

    Pros: convertible

    Cons: the seats in the back

    Advice: buy this car because it will be the best thing that happens to you.

    I bought the new Sc430 and I must say it takes the cake. The steering is just wonderful and I love the hard top convertible. The seats are very comfortable and everyone just stares in awwww. I highly recommend this car for everyone.

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    1/18/2002 8:27:25 PM

    2002 Volvo S80 - 2.9

    Pros: I like the heated leather seats.

    Cons: The terrible wood trim and the vinyl inside the car.

    Advice: I recomment you do not get the 2.9, but get the T-6. That was my mistake.

    I recently purchased a new Volvo 2.9 and I must say that I am not pleased at all. Volvo did not live up to be the luxury car that I wanted. However, the car makes almost no sounds at all. The volvo also rides very smoothly, but is very agitating with the low horse power. The car does not even go to 0-60 mph in 8 seconds and is very slow. Also the inside of the car is also not so pleasing. The wood trim is not good at all and the vinyl in the car is terrible. I hope the Volvo Corporation will read this and make the proper adjustments.

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    1/18/2002 3:22:48 PM

    2002 Hyundai Elantra - (M5) Sedan

    Pros: 140 hp

    Cons: stereo is less than i wanted. I'll upgrade

    Advice: List the things you want from a car before you buy

    I have 1200 miles on my Elantre and it definatley has some get up and go when needed. Rap the accelerator and it takes off, in town or at expressway speeds. Just right for the daily comute. I chose it over the competetion for this and the little bit of extra leg room it has. The transmission seems to get confused when the car is cold at low speeds, and the am/fm cassette sound system is marginal. The trunk is one the mafia would be proud of. Lots of room. A good choice for the price. And what a warranty.

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    1/18/2002 1:08:39 PM

    2003 Chevrolet Tahoe - LS 4x4

    Pros: The great looking exterior. QTY of extras

    Cons: To low to the ground for serious off road excursions.

    Advice: Take your time and work the price of car and ext warranty down. I saved 5k off the list and 500 of the ext. warranty.

    The Tahoe is a great riding SUV. I opted for the Z71 package which is great for towing and off road hobbies. It is very roomy and comfortable and has lots of room for people and equipment. The out side looks are great but even better with the Z71 package as it adds 17' custom wheels, all terain tires, painted bumpers, mirrors and wheel well flares which dresses up the std exterior very nicely. It also seperates you from all the other Tahoes on the road.

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    1/18/2002 12:32:37 PM

    2002 Honda Accord - 2.3 LX (M5) Sedan

    Pros: supposed to be solid built

    Cons: noise, uncomfortable seating, low mpg at this class

    Advice: never trust the rating from internet site. Have a full test drive first.

    I have about 800 miles on my new accord. It's not as good as claimed by many internet sites. The noise of road and wind is huge. The mpg is ordinary(22 for city and 28 for highway). After 300 miles I noticed the dashboard noise. I have been to the dealer's 3 times and it's still there. Overall average quality compared with Buick or Camry. Never buy it again.