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2002 Dodge Dakota - Base 4x2 Regular Cab
Pros: Blowing the doors off those annoying and loud souped up honda civics
Cons: Using grade 87 fuel will cause a loud rattling noise durring jack rabbit take-offs.
Advice: Get the R/T 5.9L 4x4Even on the 3.9L V6, the optimal performance of the vehicle is wonderful. The accessories are easy to retrieve through mopar or the local dealership, and it easily upgrds the appearance of the truck. The cockpit of the truck is unique in its class, offering excellent visability. And the towing capibilities are supurb for a compact truck.
2002 Saturn S-Series - SC1 (M5) Coupe
Pros: Fuel economy is excellent
Cons: Saturn Service is very poor
Advice: know your dealer, if problem persists, evolk the lemon lawThe SC-1 seems to be a good car overall, the factory brakes are very poor, first problem was at 9,000 and replaced at 12,000 and I finally replaced the rotors with aftermarket at 40,000. The car would not track, the car was reatuned to the dealer 6 times for tracking problems and twice to independent alignment shops for evaluation. Tracking improved with new tires but still present. I am in the Auto Aftermarket business, I know cars, the service writers at three Saturn dealers have very poor automotive knowledge and I suffered the consiquences by not receiving the proper attention to my problems. E-mail to Saturn in KY went unanswered and Telephone calls to service managers were polite but problems never resolved. I would not recomend this car to anyone because of the poor service at the dealer level!
2002 Chevrolet Impala - LS
Pros: The sporty looks and plenty of power.
Cons: I haven't found anything that I don't like so far.
Advice: Compare features and price with others closely, then drive it.!!The Impala is a real Hoot to drive. Plenty of power and a great comfort level fot the modest price. It has made driving fun again as the ride and handling are truely performance oriented. I had two Blazers that I liked to drive, but the Impala has given me a new and exciting feeling of raw but refined automotive excellence. Congrats to the Chevy engineering team for a GREAT vehicle that is affordable to all. I just love it.!!!
2002 Mercedes-Benz M-Class - Base
Pros: My favorite feature on the 2002 ML500 is the new exterior designing and the re-done dash. It looks great! There is more wood, and more chrome, which makes it look all the more classy.
Cons: My least favorite feature would have to be the back of the car, it seems a bit bland, Other than that it looks great!
Advice: If you choose to buy the 2002 ML500, get the GPS screen, you wont regret it.Last September, I purchased a new mercedes C320 for myself. My daughter just graduated high school with outstanding grades, so I decided it was time for her to get a car. After a few weeks she decided on the new ML500. At first I wasnt sure that I wanted my 17 and a half year old daughter to have a car 12,000 dollars more expensive than mine! But my wife, daughter, and I went to the Mercedes Dealership 3 days ago, to look for the ML500. In the back they had one with a Capri Blue exterior, and grey leather, with the burled wood trim. The car had the chrome side steps, sun roof, wood and leather steering wheel, and my favorite...the navigational system. I could tell that my daughter instantly fell inlove. We test drove the car. It runs alot better than the 1999 ML320. The acceleration, braking, and turning have been greatly improved. This ML500 did not have the parktronic system in it though...which I think is something that my daughter will need. She has a tendancy to not concentrate when she is behind the wheel. I ended up purchasing this vehicle. Have only driven my daughters car around a few times (actually my car) But from what I can tell...Its a great car!
2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class - C230 Coupe
Pros: THE SUNROOF, you have to see it to believe it.
Cons: Rear styling could be better.
Advice: Get the Pan. sunroof and leather (C5 pakage)I am a diehard Volkswagon nut. However when I first saw this car I feel in love. Plain and simple, It was just fun to drive. I had to have it. The one thing I don't like about it is the wait to own one. If you order the leather, which is the only way to go, be prepared to wait, and wait, and wait.
2002 Acura RSX - Base (M5)
Pros: Luxury dealer
Cons: Harsh Ride
Advice: Perfect small coupeGreat small car. Handles very well. Lots of scoot. A bit too much road noise comes in thru the chassis. Ride is a bit harsh, but for a sporty car it's OK. Great automatic climate control. Great stereo. Not at all 'buzzy' for a four-banger.
2002 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 - 4x2
Pros: changes from a truck to a suv easily and quickly
Cons: slower acceration than some trucks I have owned
Advice: I think it is worth buyingI like it