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    2002 Infiniti I35 - Base

    Pros: Conveniences...from memory driver seating, to factory installed Garage Door buttons. The packages are great and you cannot beat the price.

    Cons: With Navigation package, the CD changer is in the Trunk

    Advice: This vehicle has everything you could ask for, yet the price is unbelieveable.. Feel free to email me if you have any questions in regards to current performance.

    This car handles like no other. It's graceful (luxurious), yet it handles like a sports car. Highly recommend the Sport, Navigation, and Sunroof Package.

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    2002 Infiniti I35 - Base

    Pros: Heating and Cooling features --The heated steering wheel, seats (all 4) & outside mirrors on the cold days. For the warmer days the remote controlled auto down of the fron door windows is nice.

    Cons: Styling -- in particular, rear quarter panels and headlights

    Advice: If you travel a lot then get the Navigation system, otherwise pass on it and have an in-dash 6 CD player instead of the trunk mounted 6 CD player. p.s. Buy the optional full size spare, at $180 you can't beat that even though you lose some trunk space.

    The new Infiniti I-35 has found the perfect niche. Power, poise and price all rolled up into one pleasing package. ...................................................................................................................... The new I-35 has excellent highway passing power. A simple press of the pedal affirms the 255bhp under the hood. ...................................................................................................................... The 17-inch wheels are pleasing to the eyes while perfect for any punishment the pavement can dish out. Handling is crisp, yet the ride is amazingly smooth. .......................................................................................................................... All the controls are logically placed and the majority of which can be accessed from the steering wheel. A good example of this logic is the location of the fuel lid release lever and trunk lid lever on the driver’s door instead of in the glove box or on the floor. Note: All the comparments should have the slow release feature not just the sun-glasses holder. ....................................................................................................................... Comfort is guaranteed from the moment of entry to the point of exit, when the driver’s seat goes all the way back for easy exit. During the cooler months the heated seats, steering wheel, and outside mirrors keep things bearable. While the easy to operate sunroof and auto roll down feature of the front door windows allow one to cool down the interior before a door is even opened, for those not so cool months. ....................................................................................................................... The gear shifter is great for those who want the look and feel of a stick shift with the convenience of an automatic. Guess what boys and girls the xenon lights are standard, like a great deal of other toys (too many to list). ....................................................................................................................... Most cars in the near luxury category are either sporty, small but lack comfort or are luxurious, normal in size but lack power. It sure is nice to see a car that has just the perfect blend of size, power and comfort. Even nicer is the price of which. ......................................................................................................................... Prior to my purchase of the 2002 Infiniti I-35 I owned a 2002 Toyota Camry (4 cylinder 157bhp). Prior to that I owned a 2000 Toyota Tundra (V-8 245bhp). While the Tundra was nicer than it was practical and the Camry was more practical than it was nice the Infiniti I-35 is the best of both worlds. Take just one test drive in an Infiniti I-35 and you’ll see what I mean. ................................................................................................................... Enjoy the ride. p.s. When you go to test drive the car make sure your current automobile is cleaned out so when do buy the Infiniti I-35 you’ll be able to drive away in your new Goddess of the Driveway that much sooner.

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    2002 Buick Rendezvous - FWD

    Pros: Most 'luxury' optons come standard in base model.

    Cons: No power seats in base model

    Advice: Consider this SUV if you are looking for a multi-functional vehicle which is not a gas guzzler

    It is a multi-functional vehicle. It rides like a luxury car but has cargo space like an SUV

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    2002 Volkswagen GTI - VR6 (EOP 9/16/01) (M5)

    Pros: The VR6 Engine

    Cons: Entry to the backseat is a bit weird

    Advice: Wait for the 2002 version which is supposedly going to have even more horses

    Traded in my $35,000 (96 prices) 3-series BMW for a 2001 GTI and this car kicks the BMW's ass. Have had the GTI for just over a year now and have had zero problems with the car and it is still a blast to drive. Quality, performance, comfort, style, and features are comparable or beat cars that are much more expensive.

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    2002 Oldsmobile Bravada - AWD

    Pros: The quite ride.

    Cons: The problems that have occurred with the computer.

    Advice: It's a fine SUV and I would recommend it over all other SUV's.

    My purchase on 10/08/2001 has since had 2 occurences of computer problems. The first was with 325 miles on the vehicle and the second is now under repair at the dealer with 1625 miles on it.

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    2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer - LT 4x4

    Pros: Power of the car for mountain driving.

    Cons: To new to know

    Advice: Drive it first then compare other similar SUV's to it's performance

    Handles very will, very responsive on drive to Lake Tahoe. Comfort was great, did not feel tired when I got out of the car

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    2002 Hyundai Sonata - Base (M5)

    Pros: the overall affordability

    Cons: ABS not standard

    Advice: go to a dealer to see and test drive yourself.

    Of all the cars we tested, this one really had it all. It looks great - I turn heads everywhere I go. The drive is so smooth and quiet - luxury quality. And with the 5 year/60k warranty, I will actually have it paid off before the warranty expires. This is the happiest I've ever been with a new car purchase. The best part, the closest Hyundai dealership is 60 miles from our town, so the salesman did all of our financing over the phone and then actually drove the car to us the same evening.