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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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    1/14/2002 1:58:40 AM

    2002 Ford Focus - (100A) 2dr Hatchback

    Pros: The suspension and chasis.

    Cons: Recalls

    Advice: www.focaljet.com is a great online community to research this car.

    First Off the ZX3 is a different model than the LX Ashanti. ;) I have had my ZX3 since January of 2000. This car is just straight up fun to drive! In my opinion the Focus models are great values and offer an individual who enjoys driving a package which is hard to beat.

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    1/13/2002 8:59:39 PM

    2002 Ford Focus - (100A) 2dr Hatchback

    Pros: Head and hip room and fun to drive

    Cons: Front seats don't flip forward on a spring for rear seat access

    Advice: Make shure that you get the Zetec engine

    Bought this car in Aug. 2000 and haven't had any complaints.Lots of head and cargo room.The car handles great but the tires that come stock are terrible in rain and snow.My Gas mileage is 27.5 MPG on average but can drop dramatically with hard driving.This car is a joy to drive.You can toss it around in traffic and it doesn't float around like most domestic cars.Car has had several recalls,but most were minor and all were fixed without any pain.

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    1/13/2002 6:02:55 PM

    2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo - Base

    Pros: appreance

    Cons: engine size,power

    Advice: definatley buy one,but watch for the good rebates,

    drives real smooth,easy handling,could use a little more power.but overall real nice,and what a looker,got the dale earnhardt model,gotta love it.

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    1/13/2002 5:12:09 PM

    2002 Chevrolet Impala - Base

    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 - Base

    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.