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Coupes and Compact Cars Ratings

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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.

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    3/18/2002 9:07:10 PM

    2002 Acura RSX - Type S (M6)

    Pros: Climate control

    Cons: If I have to pick something it would be that...It don't have heated seats.

    Advice: Get one!!!

    I love my new RSX Type-S. I just bought it about 1 month ago and wouldn't trade it for anything. I'm 24 years old and this is my 5th car, but by far this is the best investment I could've ever considered. A few things I especially love about my RSX are the comfortable, features and smooth/stiff ride. I have to agree the review about the flat tire, because I just had a flat the other day and I could tell that the tire was flat also. The ride remained extremely comfortable. I would suggest to anyone to invest in an RSX if you're considering, it is an excellent car.

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    3/18/2002 12:17:00 PM

    2002 Kia Spectra - GS (M5) Liftback

    Pros: The Hatch-Back.

    Cons: No Power-Locks.

    Advice: Make sure you research other vechiles to see the deal you get with this car.

    This car rides so smooth! It has virutally no road noise on or off the interstate! It could possibly use some more horse power, but other than that there is absolutely nothing to keep some one from buying this car. It comes with a great warranty. It has great gas mileage. I can fill my car up and not ahave to stop for gas for at least a week and a half! It has a nice sporty look, but has enough room for a four member family! The hatch back gives you even more room for storage or luggage!

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    3/18/2002 10:03:39 AM

    2003 Toyota Matrix - Standard (M5) FWD

    Pros: Cute

    Cons: Problems already

    Advice: Wait a year till they work the bugs out.

    I bought the car 3 weeks ago and I already have problems. The check engine light and the headlight low beam indicator light both came on. I have to get a new 'oxygen sensor' from the manufacturer, whatever that is. I'm very dissapointed. I thought Toyota's where supposed to be reliable, expecially a NEW one! Has anyone else had problems w/ it already?