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Car Ratings

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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    2/2/2002 4:34:09 AM

    2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class - C230 Coupe

    Pros: Panorama Roof.

    Cons: Special order takes time!

    Advice: Must get the Panorama roof

    I been trying so many cars but C230 is my favorate fun car to own at the moment. Powerful, quite interior and comfortable drive. Not a leather fan, but moonroof is a must in this car.

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    2/1/2002 8:46:31 PM

    2002 Acura TL - Base

    Pros: Dip down passenger side mirror - SOOOO cute!

    Cons: Bottoms out a bit. Also don't like the blind spot on the passenger side - caused by passenger mirror.

    Advice: Only problem I've had has been that the passenger side airbag failed - Acura gave me a rental (another TL) and I was on my way without another thought. Good service!

    I bought my 2002 TL in August - one of the first ones out of the chute. It has exceptional performance in all areas. Fill it with (High Octane) gas and it zooms - faster from 0-80 than most other comparably priced vehicles. Comfortable heated leather seats, seat memory and heated outside mirrors are a definite plus for the price. No other car it its class offers so many options - and remains in 'the class' for the price. You can't go any other way. I have the rear louver, visor, and bra...the car looks very sharp - I get compliments daily! I love it! You can't get more options for your buck.

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    2/1/2002 8:09:49 PM

    2002 Volkswagen New Beetle - GLS (M5)

    Pros: the bud vase

    Cons: cup holders

    Advice: test drive one and you will fall in love

    An amazing experience that I enjoyed....It was very fun to learn bout all the features....A great drive so I bought one!!

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    2/1/2002 5:19:47 PM

    2002 Mazda Protege5 - (M5)

    Pros: Handling

    Cons: It's a small car / size

    Advice: Not a full time family car

    I just purchased my Protege5 a few days ago and the best way to describe the drive is with a question...When you were a kid, did you ever wish you could drive your HOT WHEELS ? This car will make you believe you are. If you slow down for turns you're missing the fun. This car will make you wish you lived in the hills of California. I know it's new to me but I hate when I get to where I was going. As for the stereo and the cup holders, come on you bought an economy car, enjoy what it does so well, ZOOMS!

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    2/1/2002 5:04:15 PM

    2002 Ford Explorer Sport - Value Manual (200A) 4x4

    Pros: Exterior looks, interior comfort, stereo.

    Cons: a little high priced (30k), could have a little more power, small back seats.

    Advice: Drive it, listen to stereo, get the choice trim level

    This is a great mid range, mid size SUV. I love almost everything about it. It looks so nice from the outside with the choice trim level wheels and the two tone is nice to. It is the perfect height and looks well balanced. The interior is really luxurious with the leather, sunroof, and the stereo system is awesome. I had a 99 integra before the explorer sport and I was worried I would have trouble driving a bigger vehicle but it is no problem. I was surprised at the great turing radius and it has enough power to do whatever you want with it. The only bad things about it are I think the back seats are kind of small and it could have some more power, I have to raally stomp on the gas to go anywhere quickly like the freeway onramp. This is the perfect car for someone who wants something bigger than a car but smaller than a full size SUV

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    2/1/2002 11:42:36 AM

    2002 Honda Accord - 3.0 EX w/Leather (A4) Sedan

    Pros: Appearance, the quality of material & components and technological features.

    Cons: Lack of additonal exterior and interior color chocies.

    Advice: If you're looking for overall quality, attention to detail and a good value, purchase any Honda product.

    Overall ride quality: smooth, quiet and very controlled. Love the powerful V6 power-train this car has. Also, love the car overall appearance and form.

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    2/1/2002 11:23:18 AM

    2002 Dodge Ram 1500 - ST 4x4 Quad Cab Short Box

    Pros: Electronic Shift On the Fly

    Cons: Difficult to wash the windshield if you are height challenged. Vehicle is taller than most pick-ups in its class.

    Advice: Take a test drive and order one to your needs.

    I received my ordered 2002 just before Christmas and what a dream come true this vehicle is! The 1500 SLT Plus rides and handles like a car. I ordered the towing package, chrome step rails, solid tunnel cover, chrome exhaust tip, wind deflectors for the windows and hood along with mud flaps. This vehicle looks just as sharp as it handles. My FIRST PICKUP and I am not sorry in the least. One minor feature I wish was available and that is the ability to control the direction of the heat for both driver and passenger. At the moment, you can control only the heat, but not the direction of the flow.