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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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    2/4/2002 12:29:22 AM

    2002 Pontiac Grand Am - SE1 Sedan

    Pros: It rides comfortably when it is not on a tow truck.

    Cons: It is mechanically unreliable with seemingly poor quality parts.

    Advice: Don't purchase this car. It is much more trouble than it is worth.

    This vehicle rides quite well, when it runs. We have two Grand Ams in the family and both have left us stranded on multiple occassions. It seems to be plagued with battery and electrical problems and in general uses poor quality parts (we have had to replace a gasket within the engine, a belt, the alternator, front brakes, the body control chip module, the cassette deck and the coolant cap. I have already had multiple repairs totalling several thousand dollars worth of work on my 2 1/2 year old Grand Am and had to have it towed back to the dealership again today. It was there only 28 days ago for the same problem. If you want reliability, this car is definately not the one to buy. I am a proud American and I support my country as I can, but I am also a hard working consumer who expects some quality and dependability in exchage for my hard earned dollars. Pontiac failed drastically. You and your family deserve better. Don't get stranded. Don't buy a pontiac.

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    2/3/2002 5:59:25 PM

    2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class - C320 Sedan

    Pros: The Xenon Headlights were a great touch.

    Cons: The rear sunshade that commonly went on strike.

    Advice: Shop Around

    When I test drove this car, I immediately fell inlove with it. It was silver with ash leather. So I found no reason why I shouldn't buy it and add it to my collection.

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    2/3/2002 3:50:52 PM

    2002 Jeep Liberty - Limited Edition 4x2

    Pros: Wife: cute ; Husband: acceleration

    Cons: Gas milage

    Advice: Currently has rebate that makes it more affordable than CRV

    This is my first Jeep, and so far my wife and I love it. It is solid, has lots of acceleration, and rides comfortably for a SUV. I have been impressed with the fit and finish, and the smoothness of the engine. My wife really likes the height of the vehicle, so she can see over traffic. It has a love it or not appearance, but we both love it. The interior is unique, but everything seems to be easy to easy to reach and use.

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    2/3/2002 2:49:14 PM

    2002 Dodge Ram 1500 - ST 4x2 Regular Cab Short Box

    Pros: Comfort

    Cons: Nothing

    Advice: Get one

    Bought one the same day. The 4.7 Magnum V8 is plenty in the Regular Cab.

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    2/3/2002 1:41:33 PM

    2002 Nissan Altima - 2.5 S (M5)

    Pros: styling and performance

    Cons: dash center

    Advice: excellent car for family and daily commutes

    Mahhhvelous.The 175hp four cyl. engine is surprisingly powerful.Performance and handling are super.More interrior room than Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.Head turning good looks,comfort and horsepower/torque make the car a serious contender.All this for less money than the Camry and Accord.Anyone looking for a midsize four door sedan do yourself a favor and try the Altima.You will be pleasantly surprised.

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    2/2/2002 10:10:52 AM

    2002 GMC Yukon XL 2500 - SLE 4x4

    Pros: Seat warmers

    Cons: The brakes don't last.

    Advice: Get the 3 quarter ton.

    I have owned 3 suburbans since 1991. 2 Chev's and 1 GMC. 2 half tons and one 3 quarter ton. Definately go with the 3 quarter ton. But expect high maintenance cost. In ten years I would say my average cost is at least $200.00 per month on new brakes. Plan to replace the brakes every 3 to 4 months. My current Chev 2500 I have 51,000 miles on it and have replaced the pads 5 times front and rear. New rotors on the front at 27,000 miles and just had all new brakes all the way around including rear drums at 45,000 miles.

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    2/2/2002 7:16:45 AM

    2002 Chrysler Prowler - Base

    Pros: The retro Hot Rod LOOK!

    Cons: no cigarette lighter

    Advice: talk to the owners at www.prowleronline.com Ask questions

    Simply stated, you will get more smiles per mile with a Prowler. Great, fun cruising street rod. Lots of aftermarket upgrades available now, for appearance or performance. Want to know more? Go to www.prowleronline.com and ask the owners directly your questions, they will be glad to help you.