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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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    1/13/2002 5:12:09 PM

    2002 Chevrolet Impala - LS

    Pros: On Star

    Cons: Payments but 0% is pretty good

    Advice: Try it - you will like it.

    I have been looking for the right new car for several years. I finally saw the new Chevy Impala LS and fell in love with it. After driving it, I had to have it. I feel like I am driving a true luxury car. I love the heated leather seats, the programable driver center that show the direction I am traveling and the outside temperature. It also has 3 buttons that you can program for garage door openers. No more looking for the remote.

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    1/13/2002 3:58:40 PM

    2002 Mazda Tribute - LX V6 (A4) FWD

    Pros: The power, and the look

    Cons: the price, have to sacrifice a knee cap to own one.

    Advice: be prepared for the sticker price to be rock bottom price no negotiation, maybe later on there will be some rebates or incentive programs

    I was really impressed with the 'giddy-up' on this little vehicle. The first dealership we dealt with was rude and they kept us there 2 hrs trying to tell us we had to come up with $6,500 down to take it home. Needless to say we left. The next dealership 'Knoxville Mazda' treated us great but after already having shopped 2 hrs previously for one we were thru playing games. The tribute has a great look and feel, very sporty, and economical enough to still be the 'family car.' I recommend a test drive at least I think the 0-60 in 8 seconds is a little off though I think I made it in 6 flat ha ha!!!

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    1/12/2002 10:27:06 AM

    2002 Lincoln LS - V8 Auto Base (200A)

    Pros: Comfortable ride and the heated seats

    Cons: Haven't found it yet

    Advice: Buy the LS with the V8 loaded

    I have test driven Mercedies, Acura, Lexus, Audi, and BMWs all in the same or close to the LS V8 class. I now own a LS Super Sport V8 with the NY style package, Nuff said I guess

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    1/12/2002 7:52:26 AM

    2002 Ford Explorer - XLT 4x4

    Pros: The third seat in the rear

    Cons: The placement of the power lock switch in the rear. Its hidden.

    Advice: Buy it with the V8 engine. You get more power for towing.

    Ford really did it right with the independant 4 wheel suspension and the over all comfort of the vehicle. I love driving it.

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    1/11/2002 2:21:11 PM

    2002 Dodge Ram 1500 - ST 4x2 Quad Cab Short Box

    Pros: The size first . . . . The whole package overall

    Cons: 12.5 mpg around town....but it IS a 5.9L V8 ! ! !

    Advice: Get running boards or nerf bars for the wife.....

    The new Mayor of Truckville is here ! ! ! I'm totally satisfied with mine, which I bought 3 weeks ago - 2002 1500 Quad Cab 1500 SLT, 2 Wheel drive with the 4 speed automatic, cloth seats, and the preferred package 26G, trailer tow group, 17' Chrome clad wheels. Now I need to find a camper. The ride is firm but comfortable, handling is predictable with just a bit of side hop over washboard surfaces with no load, wind noise with the windows closed is negligable, the climate control works well, unlike that in the Durango, there's plenty of visibility all around, and the trailer-tow mirrors have integral blind-spot mirrors as well.

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    1/11/2002 12:28:04 PM

    2002 Nissan Maxima - SE (M6)

    Pros: Handling and ride.

    Cons: No mute button on the stereo.

    Advice: Do your homework and be prepared to be surprised.

    The ride is wonderful. The acceleration is not to be believed. Went from a 2000 Malibu LS to this car and will keep this car until it falls apart. I got the SE for the firmer ride, but liked the comfort of the GLE also. Love the braking. Recently saved me from a bad accident, someone turned in front of me and at the speed I was going, if I had been driving the Malibu I would have destroyed both cars. Have had it 3 months and fall more in love with this car everytime I get in it.

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    1/11/2002 11:37:49 AM

    2002 Chevrolet S-10 - LS 4x2 Extended Cab

    Pros: Drivetrain

    Cons: Small back seat

    Advice: Buy the extend cab with the 4.3 liter engine

    This is my 2nd S-10 4X4. I've owned a Ranger, B-4000, and a Tacoma. This is by far a better truck than any other I've owned. The powertrain of a 4.3, mated with either transmission has much more low-end torque than the others; I highly recommend the 3.73 rear differential. Going over the mountain passes in Colorado is a breeze with the S-10. Off-road, it has performed without a flaw. In my opinion, this is the best compact pickup made.