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2002 Lexus IS 300 - Manual Sedan
Cons: too cramped in the rear passenger area
Advice: look into getting the A4 quattro 6sp for the same priceThe car handles nicely, but it is missing a lot of the amenities that the Audi A4 has. Such as, memory seats, heated rear, dual climate control, 6sp, awd, power trunk release, air bag release based on impact, rear seats fold down, 12-way electronically adjustable seats, free oil changes and scheduled services and a lot of rear legroom. The Lexus' rear passenger space is very limited and the seats do not come down to have access to the rear (only a ski pass-through in the armrest).
2002 Chevrolet Camaro - Z28 Coupe
Advice: it goes fast, drive safe and smart.awsome
2002 BMW 325 - RWD Coupe
Advice: Get his great bang for a buck car!For a 2.5 litre engine size combined with the gearing this cars is quick and zippy. One can do 100 mph in 5th and just pass the peak torque band @3500 rpm. But BMW seems to have modified the torque curve so that it is flatter giving a lower peak torque @3500 rpm but increasing the overall hp from 170 (99-00 models)to 184 (b)hp. it simply means one can have more overall torque in gears 3, 4 and 5 and spend much time in there, without having to shift gears frantically. So it's quick but not fast and that's what one gets into the 330 for if one is looking for a better acceleration/power band. The 2.5 litres seems to be a core engine size and having been there since 92 -95 (as the bigger engine size)and 98-current as the smaller engine size, it has lot of acceleration and power to offer. To put it smartly it's a great bang for the buck. i mean where else would one find 184 pure bred Arabian Stallions pounding down the freeway, combined with the looks, styling and handling for less than $27k. Amenities, i ordered moonroof and Titanium silver in my 2-dr. version. Rest is stock, which for 2002 includes Automatic climate control, in-dash CD pathway lighting, 4-function obc, and remote entry. I found this to be plentiful as rest just gets in the way for enjoying the car. This is truly a driver’s car. The handling is great and BMW has come up with aluminum suspension parts and pistons heads and so is the engine block is with coated with cast-iron liners. So overall weight is reduced thus improving handling. The 17' wheels offer better grip compared to the stock Conti's which squeal when cornered too tight too fast. The DSC system is great, it's standard and measures wheel spin, steering wheel angle, rotation about yaw-axis to correct wheel slippage. One gripe that i could think of when i compare it to my E36 ('97 328i)is the oversteer in 2002 3'ers. Slight but it's still there. Well perhaps to overcome the understeer of the early model years. But i am happy with the current car and this is the also last model year for the coupe before it gets a face-lift like 02 sedans next year.
2002 Kia Sedona - EX
Pros: Roominess 7 passengers.
Cons: Lack of options
Advice: Check it out before makeing an oppinion!I found this vehicle to be roomy, very comfortable, smooth, quiet, and it seemed to have plenty of power,I rate it to be excellant! And I would say it is priced right!
2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Wagon
Cons: Some corners cut on interior, finish, etc.
Advice: Test drive it-You'll know right away if this car is your cup of tea!The WRX Sport wagon is in my opinion one of the best values on the maket. All-wheel drive combined with a turbocharged boxer engine produces some serious fun. The car accelerates with great speed, especially upwards of 3000 rpm, and corners with total precision. The car reacts beautifully to the driver-as an added plus, the wagon offers a fair amount of cargo space, and all models have full power and a decent sound system. I actually look forward to driving, even in traffic!
2002 Volvo S60 - 2.4T A SR FWD
Pros: The climate control that lowers fan motor when tempature is reached, but after 6 months it finally works.
Cons: All the problems I have had and still the sun roof rattles.
Advice: Stay clear of this one, now that Ford owns them, stay away.After only 5000 miles on my S60 Volvo I am ready to give up. The car has been back to the dealer already 6 times to repair 5 different problems. I just got the vehicle back yesterday and already I have to take it back for another problem. I would not recommend this vehicle to anyone.
2002 Jeep Liberty - Sport 4x4
Pros: Easy to read control panel/remote control for the back window
Cons: Reaching over the tire to get into the back.
Advice: Drive one, it's worth it.My husband and I wanted a new vehicle. What we wanted was a 4x4, with towing ability and a comfortable ride. That was a challenge. My husband and I searched out everything from A to Z, test drove them as well. somethings were too mushy, others were too truck like. While on our search and distroy mission my husband looked at a Liberty, then he asked if I liked the way it looked. I was taken by the look. We went on a test drive and we were sold. It has a smooth ride, not too mushy and not too truck like. It responds well to stepping on it in traffic conditions. We towed a trailer with it and it was just great, the ride didn't change at all, still smooth. Can't wait for a good snow, then we can play with the 4 wheel drive!