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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 Mitsubishi Lancer - OZ Rally

    Pros: Rally package.

    Cons: Exhaust system.

    Advice: Take advantage of the Mitsu offers. Get the OZ Rally package(it's worth it).

    This car is fun to drive. It's got fantastic handling and great pick-up for it's class. It's got a great look on the outside (spoiler a must have!) and under the hood it's just as pretty. It's also suprisingly roomy for a car it's size. (Hey, you try and put a 6'4' guy in the back seat of your car, I'm serious it worked) It's a great car for in town and highway driving. He has manuverability and the get-up-and-go to do either.

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    2002 Ford Ranger - XLT 2.3L Standard (380A) 4x2 2dr Super Cab Stylesi

    Pros: Rear wheel drive

    Cons: lack of power and uncomfortable seats

    Advice: look elsewhere. If you must, definitely buy the largest (4.0L) engine!!!

    This Ranger is an extended cab with the 3.0L V6. The seats are among the most uncomfortable I have ever used. Fuel economy is dismal at 14 in the city and 16.5 on the road. The 3.0L engine is very sluggish. 0-60 is around 13 seconds. A 1998 Windstar with the 3.0L V6 can easily best this by 2.5 seconds while getting 4 - 6 mpg better fuel economy. Unless you feel compelled to drive a small sluggish uncomfortable pickup, your money would be better spent elsewhere. Passing performance is a joke. This vehicle borders on dangerous with respect to pickup needed to safely merge into freeway traffic. If you look at the engine specs and weight of the vehicle on paper, it looks as if it should have more then acceptable performance, but in reality, it feels like driving a mid 80's Chrysler K car. Obviously Ford did not pay attention to owners of past versions of this vehicle. We have several in our fleet replacing Ford Windstar vans. Not one person driving this vehicle has anything good to say about it.

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    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Base 4x2 Extended Cab Short Box

    Pros: ride and handling..... gas mileage is also good.

    Cons: automatic headlights

    Advice: buy it.

    very good vehicle. power seats on both sides a real plus. paint chips very easily. first gear shift is hard at light throttle.

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    2002 Nissan Sentra - GXE (M5)

    Pros: 7 speaker stereo

    Cons: nothing

    Advice: After test driving a new Toyota Corolla and/or Honda Civic - the new Nissan Sentra is BY FAR the BEST CAR of the Corolla and Civic put together! You get more BANG for your buck with the Nissan Sentra.

    The Nissan Sentra was redesigned a couple years ago and is now a better competitor for the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. I still have my '94 Corolla with 130,000 miles on it because it's been so reliable. But after researching and test driving all three newer models of Toyota, Honda and Nissan I found I was still getting a very reliable vehicle with the Nissan Sentra for far less than Toyota AND the Sentra has LOTS more extras and better comfort overall.

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    2002 Hyundai Elantra - (M5) Sedan

    Pros: The many convenience and safety features of the car.

    Cons: The poor quality of the fit for interior trim and components has been an onging problem.

    Advice: Test drive and exam the vehicle you intend to buy. Do not accept a substitute.

    The 2.0 liter engine delivers plenty of power, but the transmission seems unable to find the right gear at speeds lower than highway cruising.

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    2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer - LTZ 4x4

    Pros: dual memory seat controls for my wife and myself

    Cons: no third row seating.....but that feature is coming in an ex model late 2002 model year

    Advice: the correct financing makes all of the difference

    Stylish enough for the wife....performance equipted for me.........and a dvd entertainment system to keep my boy happy. Who could want more?

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    2002 Mazda Tribute - ES V6 (A4) 4x4

    Pros: Great acceleration and excellent handling, especially in snow

    Cons: Leather seats are a little stiff

    Advice: Go with the ES V6-4WD. There is a lot of value for not much more $ in the top of the line model.

    I've had the ES-4WD for about 3 months now after about a 4 month wait. It was worth the wait. The V6 Tribute has great acceleration with car-like handling. Handling in the snow is exceptional. During a recent snowstorm several cars and SUVs were spun-off on the side of the road. The 4WD Tribute had no problem working through the otherwise slippery stuff. The ABS kicked in a few times to help slow the vehicle down effectively. The ES is very luxurious with a lot of nice features in the luxury package. The leather seats are a little stiff though. They shortened the gear shift on the 2002 models so it is less of a problem. The seat/cargo configuration is convenient and flexible. In summary, great vehicle...great value...great choice. No buyer's remorse here.