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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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    1/18/2002 1:08:39 PM

    2003 Chevrolet Tahoe - LS 4x4

    Pros: The great looking exterior. QTY of extras

    Cons: To low to the ground for serious off road excursions.

    Advice: Take your time and work the price of car and ext warranty down. I saved 5k off the list and 500 of the ext. warranty.

    The Tahoe is a great riding SUV. I opted for the Z71 package which is great for towing and off road hobbies. It is very roomy and comfortable and has lots of room for people and equipment. The out side looks are great but even better with the Z71 package as it adds 17' custom wheels, all terain tires, painted bumpers, mirrors and wheel well flares which dresses up the std exterior very nicely. It also seperates you from all the other Tahoes on the road.

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    1/18/2002 12:32:37 PM

    2002 Honda Accord - 2.3 LX (M5) Sedan

    Pros: supposed to be solid built

    Cons: noise, uncomfortable seating, low mpg at this class

    Advice: never trust the rating from internet site. Have a full test drive first.

    I have about 800 miles on my new accord. It's not as good as claimed by many internet sites. The noise of road and wind is huge. The mpg is ordinary(22 for city and 28 for highway). After 300 miles I noticed the dashboard noise. I have been to the dealer's 3 times and it's still there. Overall average quality compared with Buick or Camry. Never buy it again.

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    1/18/2002 10:59:54 AM

    2002 Toyota Camry - XLE V6 (A4)

    Pros: I love the GPS Navigation and heated seats.

    Cons: No multi-disc CD changer.

    Advice: Buy it

    My Wife and I recently bought a 2002 XLE V6 with all the bells and whistles, it's like being a kid in a candy store! The car is exceptionally quiet and very very comfortable! I recently had a 6'+ passenger in the back seat and he commented on the leg room and comfort. Plenty of power too! If I could only pry the steering wheel from her hands long enough so I could drive it!

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    1/18/2002 9:07:03 AM

    2002 Toyota Highlander - Base FWD

    Pros: The drivers seat its like setting in a airplane cockpit.

    Cons: The Brakes

    Advice: Learn the feel of the Brakes outside of that it is the best vehicle I ever owned

    Drives and rides very smoothly and is great for making tight turns is narrow places. I have the V-6 and it gets great gas mileage for its size (17 mpg) around town. The side airbags are a great item to have on the Highlander makes me feel safer as I drive down the road. I also have the traction control for driving on slick roads. The Highlander is well equipped and a pleasure to drive. The Radio,CD Player & Tape player are perfect sounding and easy to play. It has quick speed when you step on the accelerator for passing. The seats are very comfortable and you can haul a lot of cargo if need be there is plenty of room in it for 5 passengers + cargo. The Highlander is as solid and built as good as any (SUV)$40,000 & up vehicle you can buy, and its reasonably priced in my book.

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    1/18/2002 8:36:33 AM

    2002 Dodge Grand Caravan - EX FWD

    Pros: automatic doors-both sliding and rear hatch

    Cons: nothing

    Advice: They don't deal as well on the EX, but you get more features for the price.

    I had a 97 Grand Caravan Sport and traded it for a Suburban. We thought we wanted an SUV. I missed my van. I just bought a new EX in stone white. It is beautiful. Many new features than my 97. I'll never let go of my mini van again. My boys are 3 and 18 mos. and this is the best vehicle for kids!

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    1/18/2002 7:40:49 AM

    2002 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 - 4x4

    Pros: THE RIDE AND CONVERTABILITY

    Cons: GAS MILEAGE, BACKING

    Advice: BE PREPARED TO GET ABOUT 11 TO 12 MPG AROUND TOWN IN THE 4WD MODEL.

    THE AVALANCHE HANDLES LIKE A DREAM, MUCH BETTER THAN MY 1500 SILVERADO. ALSO HAS A PLUSH INTERIOR. CANNOT SEE VERY WELL WHEN BACKING. IT NEEDS A BACKING SENSOR TO COME STANDARD.

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    1/18/2002 7:30:13 AM

    2002 Volkswagen Passat - GLS (M5) FWD Sedan

    Pros: Handling

    Cons: Interior seat & door material quality

    Advice: Get the leather & the Monsoon sound system. I'm sorry I didn't.

    Mechanically, a great car. No problems after 7 months...but did you ever try to CLEAN those velour SEATS??? It's IMPOSSIBLE!!! I've spent more money on fancy brushes designed to clean this material, but to no avail. And the best part...my dealer recommends DUCT TAPE, as they can't find anything to clean it either!!! Frankly, it makes me so mad, I most definitely would NOT have purchased this car if I knew this. My wife bought me a huge roll of EXTRA WIDE DUCT TAPE for Christmas!!!