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Pros: Looks, Power and Road Control
Cons: Forced into 4th gear from 1st.
Advice: Shop around or order yours ASAP. There going fast...I am the new owner of a 2002 SS SLP, red/ebony, 6sp Hurst, 345hp plus. It's a hot car. My only two problems are: founding a comfortable sitting position (for the clutch) and the 'shift kill' is a real pain. But there is a quick fix for that for $25 bucks. Great car for the money!
Advice: buy itshop around first. You can buy a 2002 camaro coupe that's a fatory demo with all the opt's .for around $17,000-$18,000.I bought my 2002 camaro for $17,000 with 2600 miles.It has leather int.,T-tops,am-fm-cd,6 way power seat and the sport package.
Pros: Interior design and comfort.
Cons: Inadequate number of 12V outlets and limited storage.
Advice: Get the 2.0L engine.Style, power, handling, comfort, and features describe the '02 Protege ES. From the sweeping front clear halogen headlamps and fog lights to 16' alloy wheels with low-profile tires to the rear spoiler, it's pleasing to the eye. I like the interior color scheme and the carbon fiber look trim and enjoy the power moon roof. Power from the 2.0L is good paired to the 4sp w/OD and yeilds acceptable gas mileage (25/30). Handling is precise with a solid feel in corners and quick manuevers. Ride is comfortable without excessive road or engine noise. Dash and insurment layout is smart and clean. Comfortable room for 4 is good as long as 'six-footers' are in the front seats. ES model has most all features of other higher-priced and higher-model cars. We test drove Corolla, Sentra, Malibu, CR-V, Neon, and looked at many others (not all in the same line as Protege), but solidly decided on the 2002 Protege ES.
Cons: Lack of power.
Advice: Bother GReddy or JacksonRacing to build a blower for this carCons: Light on power. Could use a supercharger or turbo system. Pros: Easy to drive. Handles very well. Options are as good as any of the competition and price makes this a bargan.
Advice: Buy It!!!Friggin' Amazing!!! 35th Anniversary is the best. Best Mustang/Ricer Killer. Be American and Buy American!!!
Pros: The comfort of the car.
Cons: The back end is too round.
Advice: Make sure you like stick. It's a fun car.I test drove the Spec-V, Honda Civic EX, Saturn LS-2. I did a lot of research on a dozen cars and my final decision was the Spec-V. You go with the better of the two Sentra's for 2002 and you get a better buy. The stereo system is very nice and the handling of the car says it all. The acceleration is much better than the Civic EX, which is a popular car... I still get more people looking my way because it is not a car seen a lot on the streets.
Pros: exterior and interior styling and navigation system
Cons: that I could not buy the car with the navigation system without purchasing the mark levinson audio package
Advice: Be patient/ dealer will deal on the carThe interior is extremely quite. In fact, at times, when stopped at a traffic light, I look to see if the car is still on because you don't hear the noise of the engine. I really notice the difference driving in other cars/SUVs. The interior is very comfortable and the navigation system is outstanding.