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    3/23/2002 10:35:17 PM

    2002 Ford Focus - SE (400A) Wagon

    Pros: Steering and suspension

    Cons: seatbelts

    Advice: Buy one ,you will not be dissapointed.

    The apearance is stuning. being in the automotive buisness for 28 years i understand quality inovative workmanship. The handleling is precise and feels like a glove on the road. I just purchased one today and am very satisfied. Thank you Ford Motor Co. for this new quality automobile. poquosonduck@ aol.com Michael Duckett Asst Mgr Brake king Inc. 5969 Jefferson Ave Newport News , Va 23605 My first initial response when driving this new vehicle was the tight and very responsive steering capabilites. The 15 inch alloy wheels and quality Goodyear tires complement the solid feeling of the road.The large front, side and rear windows provide a pleasing full view that adds to the driving exspiriance. The 16 valve Zetec 2.0L engine with 130 available horsepower provides very adequate acceleration and combined with the tight comfortable responsive steering makes you feel like you spent alot more.

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    3/23/2002 8:54:55 PM

    2002 Nissan Altima - 2.5 S (M5)

    Pros: The style of the car

    Cons: The trunk hinges

    Advice: Skip the Accord, Camary, and all the others. Nissan scored big with this car.

    This car is the quickest four cylinder that I have ever had the privilege of driving. The car handles great, and is comfortable. I would recommend that you keep your money and get the 2.5 S with the convince package or the 2.5 SL. Skip the basic Altima, because the extras give it class.

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    3/23/2002 4:23:15 AM

    2002 Audi A4 - 3.0 (M6) quattro Sedan

    Pros: Standard 6 disk in dash CD player & power folding mirrors

    Cons: Wheel selection

    Advice: A6 3.0 is a better deal than a fully loaded A4 3.0 Go for the A6!!

    My wife drives a 96 A4 and we loved the way it drives, however the back seat is way too small. The A6 3.0 Q is a great bargian for a sport/luxury car and Audi is the best at all wheel drive. The lighter engine gives the A6 excellent acceleration and with the tipronic it is a fun car to drive. Some question the The non-linear steering but I like it. This is an awesome automoblie for the price.

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    3/22/2002 4:18:41 AM

    2002 Audi A4 - 3.0 (M6) quattro Sedan

    Pros: road feel

    Cons: functional look

    Advice: get it!

    What an experience. New 2002 A4 3 litre is without a doubt the best/performance/price value I have ever experienced. (I have owned a BMW Z M, 530i, 325xi, Jag 3.0 X type, in both manual and automatic versions). The A4 has throaty power and performance and holds the road like you are driving on railroad tracks. It is very roomy inside and beautifully appointed.This new version looks like last year's A6 sizewize. Fully loaded, with all the feattures, it was $35,000. Unbelievable!

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    3/21/2002 5:35:55 PM

    2002 Honda Accord - 2.3 SE (A4) Sedan

    Pros: handling

    Cons: slightly bland styling

    Advice: test drive both the L4 and V6 before you decide

    I drove the Camry, Accord, and Altima. The Camry & Altima were all new for 2002, but even though the Accord is 4 model years old it blows away the Toyota & Nissan in ride, comfort, and performance. Plus resale value is typically higher. If the 2002 Accord is still good enough to beat brand new designs, I can't wait until the all new 2003 model arrives!

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    3/21/2002 9:02:02 AM

    2003 Toyota Matrix - Standard AWD

    Pros: Combination of cargo room and good fuel economy

    Cons: Small gas tank on the 4WD (11.9 gal.)

    Advice: Pick up a better tire-iron, the one it comes with is wimpy.

    We got the Matrix 4WD since the winters in Wyoming can be harsh. Its acceleration is sufficient and its handling is quick and responsive. The Matrix is just about perfect for us; a couple just out of college. It is quite fun to drive. A hiccup we have noticed is that the 4-speed transmission shifts really hard as the car crests a hill. The only other concern was that as a new model we weren’t sure about the reliability. Since the Matrix has mostly Corrola guts we are optimistic.

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    3/20/2002 9:21:52 AM

    2002 Audi A4 - T (M5) quattro Sedan

    Pros: 4WD (quatro)

    Cons: cupholder,you can't close your garage door with the homelink feature if car is off.

    Advice: go get it.

    Beautiful and smooth handling (not soft). You really want to drive it more and more, and it is tough to decide wether you'll take the highway to go fast, or the scenic route, to feel the road in this car.