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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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    1/12/2002 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.

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    1/11/2002 2:21:11 PM

    2002 Dodge Ram 1500 - ST 4x2 Quad Cab Short Box

    Pros: The size first . . . . The whole package overall

    Cons: 12.5 mpg around town....but it IS a 5.9L V8 ! ! !

    Advice: Get running boards or nerf bars for the wife.....

    The new Mayor of Truckville is here ! ! ! I'm totally satisfied with mine, which I bought 3 weeks ago - 2002 1500 Quad Cab 1500 SLT, 2 Wheel drive with the 4 speed automatic, cloth seats, and the preferred package 26G, trailer tow group, 17' Chrome clad wheels. Now I need to find a camper. The ride is firm but comfortable, handling is predictable with just a bit of side hop over washboard surfaces with no load, wind noise with the windows closed is negligable, the climate control works well, unlike that in the Durango, there's plenty of visibility all around, and the trailer-tow mirrors have integral blind-spot mirrors as well.

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    1/11/2002 12:28:04 PM

    2002 Nissan Maxima - SE (M6)

    Pros: Handling and ride.

    Cons: No mute button on the stereo.

    Advice: Do your homework and be prepared to be surprised.

    The ride is wonderful. The acceleration is not to be believed. Went from a 2000 Malibu LS to this car and will keep this car until it falls apart. I got the SE for the firmer ride, but liked the comfort of the GLE also. Love the braking. Recently saved me from a bad accident, someone turned in front of me and at the speed I was going, if I had been driving the Malibu I would have destroyed both cars. Have had it 3 months and fall more in love with this car everytime I get in it.

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    1/11/2002 11:37:49 AM

    2002 Chevrolet S-10 - LS 4x2 Extended Cab

    Pros: Drivetrain

    Cons: Small back seat

    Advice: Buy the extend cab with the 4.3 liter engine

    This is my 2nd S-10 4X4. I've owned a Ranger, B-4000, and a Tacoma. This is by far a better truck than any other I've owned. The powertrain of a 4.3, mated with either transmission has much more low-end torque than the others; I highly recommend the 3.73 rear differential. Going over the mountain passes in Colorado is a breeze with the S-10. Off-road, it has performed without a flaw. In my opinion, this is the best compact pickup made.

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    1/11/2002 5:56:12 AM

    2002 Ford Escape - XLT Choice (400A) 4x4

    Pros: Good looks, and a smooth ride for an SUV.

    Cons: The drivers seat is uncomfortabe for my 5'11' frame.

    Advice: Order one with the features you want for a few hunderd over invoice.

    Impressive quickness and low end torque that gets you off the line around town. Although the 'on ramp' acceleration was good, the downshift and corresponding high rpm feels a bit uncomfortable. The suspension is very comfortable compared to our older Jeep Cherokee or the Xterra and was a big selling point for us. The steering is light and a pleasure to park in 'small car only' spaces. The bright red with the side-step bars is sporty and the overall looks are a 10. Fit and finish are good although I wish the doors closed without having to slam them shut. My biggest complaint is that I can't get comfortable in the seat. The bottom cushion feels too short like I'm sitting on a bench. My wife's 5'4' frame must be just right for it though because she doesn't feel my pain.

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    1/10/2002 6:11:09 PM

    2002 Nissan Altima - 3.5 SE (M5)

    Pros: Looks

    Cons: interior plastics

    Advice: Buy it!!

    The car looks great! Drives like a luxury car. handles like a sports car. I love my Altima. If your in the market for a midsize sedan such as a camry or an accord. Test drive an alitma!!

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    1/10/2002 5:22:52 PM

    2002 Audi A4 - T (M5) quattro Sedan

    Pros: Quattro

    Cons: remote trunk release location

    Advice: you must test drive this car before buying another make

    This is my 3rd Quattro in 11 years, and this is the best (plus 2 Beemers). The 1.8T engine is amazing, but a 6 speed would help to bring the rev's down on the freeway. The standard suspension (w/16in wheels/all season tires) is outstanding, and plenty firm enough - unless you want to autocross! I'm 6ft, and rear seat room is fine, if you need more buy an A6. In short this is one terrific sport sedan.