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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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    1/5/2002 12:21:23 AM

    2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer - LTZ 4x4

    Pros: dual memory seat controls for my wife and myself

    Cons: no third row seating.....but that feature is coming in an ex model late 2002 model year

    Advice: the correct financing makes all of the difference

    Stylish enough for the wife....performance equipted for me.........and a dvd entertainment system to keep my boy happy. Who could want more?

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    1/4/2002 2:35:57 PM

    2002 Mazda Tribute - ES V6 (A4) 4x4

    Pros: Great acceleration and excellent handling, especially in snow

    Cons: Leather seats are a little stiff

    Advice: Go with the ES V6-4WD. There is a lot of value for not much more $ in the top of the line model.

    I've had the ES-4WD for about 3 months now after about a 4 month wait. It was worth the wait. The V6 Tribute has great acceleration with car-like handling. Handling in the snow is exceptional. During a recent snowstorm several cars and SUVs were spun-off on the side of the road. The 4WD Tribute had no problem working through the otherwise slippery stuff. The ABS kicked in a few times to help slow the vehicle down effectively. The ES is very luxurious with a lot of nice features in the luxury package. The leather seats are a little stiff though. They shortened the gear shift on the 2002 models so it is less of a problem. The seat/cargo configuration is convenient and flexible. In summary, great vehicle...great value...great choice. No buyer's remorse here.

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    1/4/2002 10:06:47 AM

    2002 Volkswagen Jetta - GLS 2.8L (EOP Week 40) (M5) Sedan

    Pros: V6 engine

    Cons: Gas milage is terrible

    Advice: Look into Camry and Accord before buying if you like these cars as well.

    Test drive different models before buying.

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    1/4/2002 8:48:14 AM

    2002 Honda Accord - 2.3 LX (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Look, feel, value, and re-sale value.

    Cons: blind spot

    Advice: Do research and shopping online. I hate dealing with lying salesmen!

    Great! Loved the look and feel. Only negative: A design flaw in the Accord since this design introduced (1998-2002) which is it's huge rear blind-spot on both sides. Talked with other owners and all agree. Just be a little extra careful when getting over and you'll get used to it.

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    1/3/2002 1:52:12 PM

    2002 Jaguar X-Type - 2.5L (M5)

    Pros: Performance & handaling

    Cons: No in dash cd

    Advice: Buy,BUY,buy,BUY

    My last car was a Z28 6 speed & I was concerned about the loss of performance going from 280 HP to 230 HP automatic. Little did I know. 'This car blows you away' It not only out accelerates the Z but the handling is like night & day. I would recommend this car to anyone i bought the car loaded, sports package, weather package, nav system ecc & its worth every $. As for the A4,3-series, & Mercedes, you have no choice - EAT MY DUST!!!

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    1/3/2002 5:42:38 AM

    2002 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 - 4x2

    Pros: Side compartments

    Cons: No running boards.

    Advice: Drive it, you will love it, then buy it.

    Drives very solid. More like a Tahoe than a Silverado. Enough power to get you where you need to go, and extremly comfortable.

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    1/2/2002 5:35:36 PM

    2002 Lexus SC 430 - Base

    Pros: Smooth operating convertible top - it's a Lexus.

    Cons: My wife doesn't let me drive it often enough.

    Advice: Go for it - you'll never regret it.

    Outstanding vehicle. We have owned M- B, Audi, other Lexus and other quality cars; this one clearly is the best.