Coupes and Compact Cars Ratings
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2002 Nissan Sentra - GXE (M5)
Pros: The whole interior - it looks and feels like a much nicer car than the price indicates
Cons: Some of the exterior styling isn't as modern looking as the other cars I looked at
Advice: Definitely get it, but don't get radium like I did! Get a pretty color!This vehicle is an excellent choice if you are in the market for a small sedan. The interior styling is great, you get loads of features, and for much less than some other cars with very cheap looking interiors and half the features. My car has been nothing but reliable so far, and from what I know of Nissan, I expect nothing less in the future. I highly recommend it!
2002 Saturn S-Series - SL (M5) Sedan
Pros: safety cage
Advice: you can splurge b/c prices are reasonable!I wouldn't buy any other vehicle out on the market today. It saved my life. I was in an accident where the car flipped 3 times and slid into a tree backwards, the car was in pretty bad shape in the back where we hit but the driver and I sustained no injuries at all. The safety of this vehicle is exceptional. I am now a loyal customer of Saturn. I'm in the market for another vehicle and i want to buy another Saturn specifically for the safety it provides and also the car is 'sleek' and performs wonderfully, if taken proper care of.
2002 Oldsmobile Alero - GLS Coupe
Pros: Performance Package with all season hi speed performance radial tires
Cons: Some wind noise comes through - could be a little more quiet
Advice: Good price; 5yr /60,000 provides good extended coverageThis vehicle is stylish, with clean lines, is well appointed with many standard features: power windows, locks, steering, ABS brakes, Dual AirBags, Daytime Running Lamps, 16' Alloy Wheels and a relatively quiet 3.4 litre 24 valve V6, for a very reasonable price. I compared it against some foreign vehicles in the same class, and the Alero was, almost always, about $10 grand less. The 4 speed automatic is smooth.
2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Sedan
Pros: Functional hood scoupe
Cons: Antenna mounted on the 'A' pillar
Advice: Get to the dealer fast, drive it, buy it!!I am impressed with the acceleration this vehicle offers off the line. You would never guess a vehicle with all wheel drive could accelerate at such a fast rate. There is a bit of turbo lag below 3K rpms, however, it leaves such a rush once the turbo kicks...
2002 Audi A4 - T (M5) quattro Sedan
Pros: Quattro ESP
Cons: Width of centre console
Advice: Take it round a tight hairpin at 60mph in the wet. It surprised the hell out of me how stable it was.The handling in poor/slippery conditions is unparallelled. Quite simply this car had the best balance of comfort, luxury, looks, performance and price. Also it's not as common as a 3 series...yet !
2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse - GS
Pros: INFINITY RADIO
Cons: EVERYTHING BUT THE RADIO
Advice: PASS THE MITSUBISHI DEALERSHIP UP!THE FOLLOWING PROBLEMS HAVE INCURRED SINCE MY PURCHASE: SUNROOF RATTLES CONSTANLY AND GETS STUCK OPEN/CLOSED, ENGINE TICKS AND AIR CONDITION WENT OUT 1 WEEK AFTER WARRANTY EXPIRED. THESE ARE JUST A FEW PROBLEMS MENTIONED. MITSU SERVICE REALLY STINKS ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU SPEAK TO SERVICE DISTRICT MANAGER AT BRYAN MITSU AND ALL YOU GET IS ATTITUDE.
2002 Ford Focus - ZTS (500A) Sedan
Pros: The sporty ride at a low price....
Cons: There is no tape deck
Advice: Go for the Zetec engineThe Focus is a great little 'Sporty' car for someone on a budget, or someone who wants a fun little car for long commutes. The other nice part is, there are many after market mods that give you lots of options.