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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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    2/5/2002 5:50:12 AM

    2002 Mazda Protege5 - (M5)

    Pros: Handling.

    Cons: Lack of power.

    Advice: Bother GReddy or JacksonRacing to build a blower for this car

    Cons: 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.

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    2/4/2002 1:37:09 PM

    2002 Chevrolet Camaro - Z28 Coupe

    Pros: Power

    Cons: Nothing

    Advice: Buy It!!!

    Friggin' Amazing!!! 35th Anniversary is the best. Best Mustang/Ricer Killer. Be American and Buy American!!!

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    2/4/2002 1:26:00 PM

    2002 Nissan Sentra - SE-R Spec V (M6)

    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.

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    2/4/2002 12:56:15 PM

    2002 Lexus ES 300 - Base

    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 car

    The 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.

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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 - C 320 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.