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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!
2002 Pontiac Grand Am - GT Sedan
Pros: I love my sunroof!!
Cons: high truck deck,, have to lift cargo too high
Advice: test drive and if you like it,, buy, buy, buyIt handles wonderful, very responsive engine, great braking and smooth stops.. good visibility,, great sunroof and good trunk space which is even better once back seats or one is folded down,, if you can take advantage of this,. trunk deck is too high,, have to lift cargo too high to place in trunk,, a drawback,, great styling with performance and great family sedan or flashy for the single person,, love it and would buy one again,, great gas mileage,, Ed,,, SeaGrey@worldnet.att.att
2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class - C230 Coupe
Pros: The Mercedes quality.
Cons: The hatchback.
Advice: Don't get the cheap cloth interior. The leather is worth its priceDriving the C230 was similar to driving a BMW 325. The car was extremely quiet inside, and the leather was top-notch for a car of this price. This car was the best car we went into.
2002 Acura RSX - Base (M5)
Pros: The leather bucket seats. Wrap around you like a glove and keep you very comfortable on those long drives. And the shifting on the 5spd is very smooth
Cons: The holes where the foglights are supposed to go if you don't have them. Just looks like something is missing. I have a feeling I'll be having those installed shortly to complete the look
Advice: Definitely test drive it - don't go by looks alone. And consider spending the little extra for the leather interior and the optional spoiler. Worth every penny.Just picked up my car on Tuesday and abolutely love it. Corners as well as - if not better than - more expensive sports cars, looks fantastic, handles very well. Lots of power even if you don't get the Type-S. Many safety features make you feel very secure and comfortable. I have no doubt this will be the best car I have ever owned. And the looks - the interior looks very modern with the titanium finish and round dials - the exterior is very sporty and looks even better with the optional rear wing spoiler
2002 Lexus IS 300 - Manual Sedan
Pros: The tightness of the car in every aspect!!
Advice: get a car cover.Gripping, Literally!! This car stays on the road. When you get in the car it feels like the car is pulled over and around you. When you hit a 90 degree right turn at 45 and you never slide in your seat or on the road that is when you know that the car can handel. Also available at the dealer is a L-Tuned package. You can get 18-inch rims and a sport suspension.
2002 Saturn S-Series - SL2 (M5) Sedan
Pros: Its known reliability and good value for its price range.
Cons: Wide turning circle and several little things are just not thought out.
Advice: I Like it, but perhaps wait to see the redesigned 2003 S-Series.It is a good car for the money. I thought the SL2 was a better value than the SL1 when you upgrade the SL1 to Auto, A/C, and Option Pkg. My car had two sample defects. One broken air vent fascia and a rattle that went away (probably a broken piece from the vent fascia). The car is comfortable, handles well, and has enough power when you step on the gas. Dealer handled transaction quickly and I was able to switch cars four times and walk around unattended -- during the sale -- all I needed. The car if reasonably well designed, though my very old Honda Civic still had a lot of usability/design features that were better thought out. Like why does the lower part of the trunk latch have to stick up? I tear stuff on it all the time. Why not recessed? And the tire jack and tire are a pain to get out, use, and put back. I was amazed, though, that Saturn stands by their 30 money-back guarantee. People regularly come up and ask about my Saturn and tell me of either their, or someone they know, experience of what a good, reliable car it is.
2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Sedan
Pros: Mix of power and handling
Cons: sound of the trunk
Advice: keep an eye on your speedometer!My first experience of the WRX was on a drive from Santa Fe to Taos, NM. Traffic was crawling up the twisty Rio Grande Gorge at around 50mph with little chance to overtake. Finally as a clear straight came up I chopped down a couple of gears and the turbo kicked in like a swift kick in the pants. Before I knew it the car accelerated to 90 and I was back in my lane safe and sound. I was sold!!! The chassis is great, providing sure-footed handling. The seats are very comfortable and the Momo steering wheel is sweet. Sure, there are a couple of quibbles - the doors and trunk are pretty tinny and the body is an acquired taste (which did grow on me) but overall I cannot think of any car that offers as much fun for the buck as the WRX on the American market. How about a Mitsi Evolution, Nissan Godzilla or Lotus Elise for the U.S. market to see what the rest of the world gets?!?