Coupes and Compact Cars Ratings
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2002 Volkswagen Jetta - GLS 2.8L (EOP Week 40) (M5) Sedan
Pros: More car for less money
Cons: Cup holder placement, and door rattles
Advice: make sure you live close to the dealergreat car when it works...have had five major problems (all fixed under warranty) within first 6000 miles of the car. Be careful, VW pretends as if your car is the only one that has a door rattle... Maybe I should have bought that Honda, with a better service record?!
2003 Toyota Matrix - XR (M5) FWD
Pros: Fold down front seat
Cons: The high center arm rest makes it difficult to buckle your seatbelt.
Advice: get the cold weather package. It heats up SOOO fast.The car is quite quick off the line but starts to loose its punch at about 30 mph. The car handles great with the 17' alloy wheels. I'm 6'4' and pretty wide at the sholders and I fit into the car without any problem, and I don't have to strugle to get out because the seats are higher than any compact car I have ever been in. The only thing that I would have liked to have seen is plastic grocrie bag holders attached to the back of the rear seats so things don't roll all over the place when cornering. Oh and Why didn't they put in a 3 prong outlet?? I had to get an adapter for my laptop.
2002 Chevrolet Cavalier - LS Sport Coupe
Advice: Do ItI first leased a 2001 Toyota Corolla Sport 1 Month later the trans went out .Next car was a 2001 nissan sentra gxe had 3 recalls. i now own a 2002 Cavalier ls sport loaded and i purchased it.I am keeping it What does that tell you!!!!!!!!!!!
2002 Nissan Altima - 2.5 S (M5)
Advice: just buy itPowerful and beautiful...just buy it. You will love it.
2002 Nissan Sentra - SE-R Spec V (M6)
Pros: rockford fosgate radio
Cons: torque steer
Advice: Take a test driveGood overall performance, some wind noise, overall quality very good, for the money...great car
2003 Pontiac Vibe - Base FWD
Advice: BUY IT IT IS HOTTHE VIBE WAS VERY ROOMY, TIGHT HANDLING, AND COMFORTABLE. I THOUGHT IT WAS VERY ATTRACTIVE LOOKING. THE HOTTEST THING HOWEVER I THOUGHT WAS THE INSTRUMENTATION THE DEEP RED BACKLIT GAUGES WHERE JUST GORGEOUS. THE ROOMINESS IN THE REAR WAS JUST AMAZING. I THOUGHT THIS VEHICLE OVERALL IS A HUGE HIT!
2003 Toyota Matrix - Standard (M5) FWD
Cons: Could be a bit larger, especially in front seating.
Advice: BUY before price goes up.Good solid feeling smallish car. Versatile layout - hatchbacks are back ! Power is just enough not to get in trouble.