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2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer - LS 4x4
Cons: no room
Advice: Look before you leap!After test-driving this SUV I came back to the problems that I had when I owned a Blazer. If the back seat is folded down and I sit in the drivers seat, I am unable to move the driver’s seat back so I can sit with proper line of site of the road. I wish they would give six more inches between the rear seat folded down and the front. Also I noticed again that their is some type of equipment 'box' located above the passengers feet, should this SUV for the great outdoors not allow people with boats on to sit in the front without hitting the 'box'. I also found that the rear latch handle seems to be weak. We have decided to move on to a different SUV. Sorry, I thought the new design would catch these problem areas.
2002 Chevrolet Impala - LS
Pros: sporty appearance and On-Star
Cons: Some shifting slip in the overdrive between 50 & 60 mph when trying to hold at 55 mph
Advice: Encourage dealers to extend the 0% financing. Keep the industry manufacturing for at least 6 months to a year.Easy to handle, sporty feeling, excellent acceleration, comfortable seating for passengers in front and rear.
2002 Isuzu Axiom - Base 4x4
Pros: Tie: Looks-Styling & Intelligent Susp Control
Cons: Getting use to sports-car like seating
Advice: Skip Gap insurance & $18/mo for 10K/120K, tried to get extra 6 mo of pmtI was looking for mid-$20K med-size SUV,-V6 only. 2 stood out from the pack-Jeep Liberty & Isuzu Axiom(although the Axiom as $29010), but there are not many that meet this description. Grand Cherokee was an expensive option but wasn't work the extra $ compared to the other 2. A last minute(before buying the Liberty) sale at Isuzu dropped the price by $2500 to the same price as the Liberty($27.4K). With Isuzu 3.9% financing the Axiom was $50/mo less-I bought it. It didn't have leather like the Jeep I wanted but the styling, drive(Intelligent Suspension Control=ISC), electronic display screen, digital temp control, hauling capacity, horse power & warranty(10y/120K Pwr Train) won me over. Also the 6-CD cartrige is in the center counsel rather than in the back. 1 week of city driving and 1050 interstate miles(1 trip) later: 18.6m/gal hwy, ISC is great: Sport Mode=other SUVs; Comfort Mode=sedan ride, cruise control stopped working, the display screen is great: audio, temp, fan, travel computer, time/date, outside temp. Definitely drive/price it before buying anything between $25K-$32K.
2002 Acura RSX - Type S (M6)
Pros: The Vehicles design and power.
Cons: There is nothing you really dislike, but as I stated above, I do miss the accoustic base in the stereo.
Advice: Awesome, awesome, awesome. If you can spare a little bit more in your budget, this is a must get car!While my last four vehicles have been either Honda or Acura from my 93 Prelude Si, 94 Integra, 97 Prelude and now my 2002 RSX-S, I never thought I could be more pleased. But again, were talking Honda. This RSX-S has to be the best affordable sports car on the market. The power with which it is equipped with is a huge improvement over my 97 Prelude. I cannot get over the low end and high end power and accelaration. Getting used to a 6 speed is a little different for those 5 gear folks like myself but, now I wouldn't trade it for the world. The ride is extremely smooth, the controls are big and right at finger tips. The in-dash 6 CD changer and the Bose stereo system have terrific sound, although I do miss the big bass Accoustic sound my 97 Prelude had but, the system is still very clear and has good bass with the subwoofer surrouned by the spare tire. The seats are very comfortable leather with plenty of leg room (front and back). The look of the car is a very sharp, fast and impressive style, especially if you get the underbody spoiler kit for an additional $2000, but well worth it. Trunk space is huge and there is a cover to hide your goodies when at a store. The four year/50,000 mile warranty is another perk of Acura. This is an all around great luxury/sports car for those of us not yet able to purchase a Porshe.
2002 Honda Accord - 3.0 EX w/Leather (A4) Sedan
Pros: sun roof
Cons: nothing really. I love it
Advice: own it for a long time, it'll pay off in the long run.Smooth and quiet. Bought at Honda World in Orange County, excellent price. We got the full, tricked out model with mud flaps, spoiler, wheel locks, etc. It still cost less than the MSRP base model.
2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class - C320 Sedan
Pros: The way the console is set up, everything is with in a short arm's reach! And the voice automated radio, telephone, and air temperate is a great feature in this unique Mercedes-Benz.
Cons: The thing that I was disappointed in was, the leg room in the back seats. It can fit children comfortably, but it wouldnt suit an adult that was back there, especially in long road trips.
Advice: I strongly recommend the new Mercedes-Benz C-320 to any buyers on the Market. You get alot for only 37,000 dollars. Dont pass up this chance!On September 4th 2001, I went to the local Mercedes-Benz dealership here in Fresno, California. I saw a rather unique, smooth looking Mercedes. I walked around the car, and noticed all the fine detail, and work that has been put into it. This car was a 2002 Mercedes-Benz C320, it was white, with beige leather, and a fine looking wood trim. It didnt take much to flag down one of the dealership salesman. He insisted that I sit in the front seat. I didnt waist anytime, what-so-ever. I got in the car, and felt the soft leather. The interior was outstanding. Well, not as outstanding as it's relative the S-500. But for a 34,000 - 40,000 dollar car...The interior was great. After I was done admiring the car. I asked to test drive it. So that salesman went and got the keys for the car. The engine hardly makes a sound when you start it up. The sales man drove the car off the lot, and on to the road. It was almost like I was floating on a cloud, the ride was so smooth. After we had gone down the street, the salesman got out, and let me in the driver seat. I started up the engine, and gently started to drive off. The car handles very well. It handles every turn with little effort at all. This car also feels so strong and sturdy. If you want the feeling of safety, this is the car to get. This interior isnt roomy, but it is roomy enough that you are comfortable. It is a very cozy car, and you will enjoy driving it. After my fun was over, it was time to go back to the dealership. And I didnt want to waist any time. I ended up buying the car that day. My wife loves it...It seems like she drives it more often than I do!
2002 Acura RSX - Base (M5)
Pros: Standard Cd player/Bose 6-speaker stereo
Cons: Exterior look isn't what i was looking for, but the interior/driving capabilities more than made up for it.
Advice: Just drive the car. You won't know what its like until you sit behind the wheel and drive it yourselfI just test drove the car yesterday, and I loved it. From the moment I opened the door and looked past the exterior, I knew that this was the car I wanted. The seats keep you comfortable, the standard CD player...Then i took it out for a spin. The shifting is like no other car i have ever driven, so smooth. The general quietless on the road, not to mention the bose stereo to drown out any road noise that might occur. What can i say i fell in love with the car from the minute i pulled out of the parking lot.