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    3/27/2002 7:07:04 PM

    2002 Kia Spectra - Base (M5) Sedan

    Pros: mileage

    Cons: music system

    Advice: check consumer reports if you really want the skinny. This car is rated as good as a Honda

    I am saddened by the reviews I've read already on this car; I have a 2001 Sephia that I've NEVER had any troubles with!! I've driven this thing into the dirt, too! less than one year old, and already 31,000 miles on it! No maintenance except for basics like oil change. I don't understand why these other people had troubles. Not a one from this beauty. Definitely would recommend it to a friend

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    3/27/2002 9:26:45 AM

    2003 Hyundai Tiburon - GT V6 (M5)

    Pros: The looks

    Cons: No ABS without a sunroof on the automatic

    Advice: Make sure you don't need room for more than one adult or teenager. Back seats are for small packages and pets only.

    Sharp looks! I get lots of second looks and every kid in a tuner wants to race me, it seems. I haven't given in to the urge to compete....yet. But this car will surprise many people. It is fun to drive and very responsive. I keep reading where testers think the car is slow or underpowered. I beg to differ. It is a bit heavy for it's size, (over 3000 lbs curb weight), but compare it's low end torque and sophisticated engine to any American sports car and you'll be pleasantly surprised. No,it won't blow the doors off a Mustang or Camaro V8, but it will certainly hold it's own against stock Celicas, Probes, Civics, Eclipses and Acura RSX types. I like the spartan interior. It reminds me of German styling and I find it refreshingly simple. It doesn't flaunt it'as style like so many similar car interiors, which I find overdone and plastic. The one professional review here complains about the hatch being hard to close. If he'd looked closer, there's a recessed grip at the lower right of the inside panel, that makes grabbing the spoiler unnecessary. This car's handling is very tight, although it does exhibit a fair amount of understeer (easily compensated for once you get a feel for it) due to the heavier V6. Torque steer is also evident at lower speeds in lower gears, but is manageable. Overall, I love to drive this car. Plenty of punch in it's stock form, above average handling, and the stare factor is very cool!

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    3/25/2002 5:14:52 PM

    2003 Pontiac Vibe - GT FWD

    Pros: handling and comfort

    Cons: I haven't found anything yet.

    Advice: test drive and enjoy

    The moment I sat behind the wheel I knew this was the car for me. It's very comfortable and handles great. The sound system and roominess make it a pleasure to drive. I've owned my Vibe for a month now, and did have a scare. About three weeks after purchasing my Vibe it wouldn't idle. I took it to the dealership and there was a small glitch in the computer system that had to be reset. Since then it has run fine. I was expecting maybe something like that would happen in a brand new model. I would still reccommend this car to anyone. It's a great ride.

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    3/25/2002 9:00:16 AM

    2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse - GT

    Pros: Good performance, tight steering, soft suspension.

    Cons: Occupied cup holders hinder operation of standard shifting.

    Advice: Check into the zero, zero, zero specials Mitsubishi is having. You can finance for a year with no payments / interest then re-finance at a decent interest rate saving a lot of money.

    The Mitsubishi Eclipse is a very well built entry-level sports car. Don't expect to take off like a rocket, but do expect a comfortable amount of power and looks at a very reasonable price. There are a few considerations you might want to make before purchasing this vehicle though. First, the cup holders will hinder the operation of the standard stick shift. Mitsubishi put them directly behind the shifter. So when you go to Taco Bell you may want to go with the medium drink. Second, it is covered with nooks and crannies that can hold water. This means that after a long day washing the car you'll still get water streaks after you take it on the road. Third, you will want to make sure you have at least three lanes to make a u-turn. The turning radius leaves quite a bit to be desired. With this cars low profile you'll want to make sure you keep away from those curbs. All in all this is a great car. I love mine and intend to keep it for quite a while.

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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.