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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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    2002 Volkswagen Jetta - GLS L (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Egronomic controls

    Cons: Monsoon radio and speakers cannot be simply updated or changed w/o modifications.

    Advice: Listen for rattling noises in the doors (both driver and passenger side).

    Be sure and test drive all models. That way you can determine gas mileage versus pickup. My recommendation is to buy the 1.8 T since it is the best of both. You get pickup when needed as well as very good gas mileage (24 mpg city/30 mpg highway). I would also recommend if you get the 1.8 T get the sport handling package and the 17' wheels.

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    2002 Chevrolet Cavalier - LS Sport Coupe

    Pros: GERTAG SHIFTER

    Cons: HEADROOM

    Advice: DEFINITELY INVEST IN THE LS SPORT PACKAGE

    WIPERS ARE INFERIOR. PLENTY OF POWER. NICE, QUIET RIDE. EXCELLENT SOUND SYSTEM.

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    2002 Lexus RX 300 - AWD

    Pros: The comfey seats.

    Cons: The bumpiness.

    Advice: Buy it!

    Totaly tubeular dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    2002 Nissan Altima - 2.5 S (M5)

    Pros: the tail lights

    Cons: the cheap interior

    Advice: dealers won't haggle to much on the price

    I was very impressed with the vehicles outside appearance, but after getting inside and looking around I would say Nissan has a long way to go as far as the interior is concerned. The dash and controls are very 'plasticy' and cheap, I was very un-impressed overall with the vehicle.

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    2002 Volkswagen Jetta - GLS L (M5) Sedan

    Pros: 1.8 T engine

    Cons: rattles

    Advice: Test drive first.

    I have had my 2002 1.8T manual for 4 months. So far there has been no problem except some rattles on bumpy road at the drive's and passenge's doors. It's fun to drive, very comfortable, and safe. With the peppy 1.8T engine it accelerates fast. The fuel economy is quite good - so far it averaged 28-30 MPG with mix driving (10% city and 90% highway). I love the car!

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    2002 Jeep Wrangler - X

    Pros: My favorite feature is the Command-Trac Partime 4-Wheel Drive.

    Cons: The only thing I don't like but expected was the poor gas millage 14/16.

    Advice: Iffuel economy is high on your list than this is not the vehicle for you.

    The 6cyl Tech I provides more than enough power for play and everyday driving. In less than 2000 miles I have already experinced mud, snow, sleet, rain and hard off road terain and overall I would say the Wrangler X lives up to the Jeep Wrangler name. Handling is very smooth and the 4 wheel drive on demand is a nice transition and not as noisy or worysum as the sales person lead me to believe.

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    2002 Volkswagen Jetta - GLS L (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Peppy 1.8T is great! Heated seats are nice.

    Cons: Cupholder location could be better

    Advice: Nice car for the money. Very happy with it.

    Nice solid car for the price. Nice option packages. Drives really well. Virtually no road noise at highway speeds.