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    2002 Volkswagen Passat - GLS (M5) FWD Sedan

    Pros: tightness of the car

    Cons: Turbo noise from the engine

    Advice: Drive it on an open road to check out the noise level

    It's a great car...just too noisy. The turbo makes the engine sound loud.

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    2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer - LTZ 4x4

    Pros: Driver memory features via DIC (Driver Information Center)

    Cons: Inability to remotely open rear gate

    Advice: Get options from factory; dealers can't get/find a lot of options. Also, longer wheelbase version coming!!!

    Very quiet at any speed. Excellent power at any engine speed. Well placed controls and lighting. Rear AC and stereo controls. Transfer case neutral for towing.

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    2002 Nissan Frontier - SC-V6 (A4) 4x2 Standard Bed Crew Cab

    Pros: The Supercharged engine!

    Cons: extremely poor fuel economy and lack of topend power!

    Advice: Be cautious if fuel economy is important

    I own a 2001 S/C frontier, despite the lack of topend power, the vehicle is solid to Nissan standards. But, I firmly believe we can do better to improve the ponies under the hood and at the same time increase the fuel economy, via the supercharger.

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    2002 Pontiac Grand Prix - GT Coupe

    Pros: Monsoon Stereo System

    Cons: Cup holders are well located, but feel a little weak.

    Advice: GMAC has some terrific lease programs. Don't be afraid to lease instead of buying.

    I decided I wanted a change from my 1995 GMC Sierra 4x4, and went in search of something sportier. The aggressive styling and classic lines of the 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix GT caught my eye right away, and the test drive was nothing short of exhilirating. Six cylinders of pure power set me back into my seat as we zoomed down the entrance ramp to the highway. Steering was responsive without being sloppy, and the handling was as smooth as it was impressive. Dual climate controls make the ride that much more comfortable for both the driver and the passenger, and the Monsoon stereo system fills the cabin with top quality sound. The sleek GT styling draws attention wherever it goes, and the position and design of the power moonroof provides a nice air flow without mussing a single hair. This car has all the attitude of it's cousin, the Firebird, without the rough sportscar ride and without drawing too much attention from the folks with the radar guns. There's plenty of room for passengers in the back, and the cavernous trunk will accomodate lots of luggage for that weekend road trip. A great value, this car is a must drive for anyone looking for a little excitment without sacrificing practicality.

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    2002 Acura TL - Base

    Pros: Memory positions of seats and mirrors for two drivers.

    Cons: Tilt wheel needs to tilt up more. Can't clean rear inside glass easily, esp. behind rear stoplight.

    Advice: Check for 3 recalls about seat belts.

    Handles very well. Accelerates easily with ample power. Accelerator is sensitive to foot pressure. Some wind noise with sunroof open at highway speeds.

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    2002 Buick Rendezvous - CX AWD

    Pros: On-dash display

    Cons: Quality of plastic on center console (no inlaid wood)

    Advice: Compare it to a Lexus or Mercedes, not a Ford Explorer

    The test drive was somewhat exciting for a Buick. The interior was quiet, the ride smooth and the features (inside and out) worthwhile. In comparison to a Lexus RX300 or Mercedes ML320, the Rendezvous provides as meany luxuries at a bigger value to me

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    2002 Lexus SC 430 - Base

    Pros: hardtop convertable, interior, performance-handling, quality-features

    Cons: trunk space-but they all suffer from that, front grill - but it growing on me, cup holders/seat belt position, side/rear visibility - small things like that.

    Advice: Get on the waiting list. Can't bargain because it's in high demand. Learn how to say thank you for the compliment and it costs??? and other questions people frequently as you . The one I get the most is 'I'll trade you'

    The best care I have ever driven. I feel like a celebrity in the car. It gets a lot of attention...not for the shy. If is worth the wait and price. The quality and performance is next to none. The body style is quickly growing on me...everyone thinks the is unique and 'wow'. No regrets. Buy it, if you can!