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Coupes and Compact Cars Ratings

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    3/16/2002 8:05:41 AM

    2002 Honda Civic - EX (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Price with ABS & Moonroof taken into consideration

    Cons: Parts broken so easily. Need to buy Honda specific coolant & engine oil supplies.

    Advice: Okay everyday car.

    Handling and brakes are good. Got used to the ventilation controls. Radio reception not good.The lights are bright enough for night driving. The button on the seat belt broke off and the H logo infront was broken by an errant shopping cart.

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    3/15/2002 2:25:19 PM

    2002 Kia Rio - (M5) Wagon

    Pros: Comfort, price and drivability.

    Cons: The gas mileage could be a little better for a small 4 cylinder engine.

    Advice: Have the dealer install after market cruise as a condition of purchasing the vehicle like I did!!!!

    I REALLY LOVE my Rio Cinco. It is very INEXPENSIVE yet the quality does NOT suffer one bit. I bought my Cinco for $12,000 (cruise too!!) and it is FULLY loaded!! No other car w/similar options could even come close to that!! The 5 door Cinco is very easy to drive and cart things around in. It is very quiet & has extremely COMFORTABLE seats along with an adjustable lumbar support. I am 6' 2' tall and have more head room in my Cinco than in my girlfriend's Lexus RX300 SUV!! This is a WONDERFUL car. :)

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    3/15/2002 9:24:44 AM

    2002 Nissan Altima - 3.5 SE (M5)

    Pros: Powerful V6

    Cons: Floor carpeting

    Advice: Consider this car before deciding on the competition

    We have owned Camry V6's in the past. The Altima V6 is just a better engine. Overall the car has performed beatifully. The price is hard to negotiate but worth it in the end. Unsure of the long term but from what I've seen so far, a solid car that turns heads.

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    3/14/2002 5:27:50 PM

    2002 Nissan Sentra - GXE (M5)

    Pros: features

    Cons: 2x to the dealer for minor issues

    Advice: A serious contender

    The Sentra really is an excellent car. I got a sporty looking car with an engine cheap and sturdy that's fun as hell to drive the materials are great. and I find that they stand out amongst the sea of civics out there

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    3/13/2002 12:11:10 PM

    2002 Nissan Altima - 3.5 SE (M5)

    Pros: Then V6 engine.

    Cons: No power seat memory.

    Advice: Shop several dealers against each other.

    Great looks, great engine & transmission. Some interior features on the cheap side, but none of the important features. Lots of storage space, great drink holders. A great family car for the young (and still alive) family.

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    3/13/2002 12:11:29 AM

    2003 Toyota Matrix - XRS (M6) FWD

    Pros: The celica engine (VVTL-i)

    Cons: The large blind spot. (can be alleviated with larger rear inside mirror)

    Advice: Definantly go with the XRS. It is well worth it.

    The manual 6 speed was excellent and the handling was great... Remember the XRS borrow its engine from the sporty car Celica. The cargo space is awesome and the price is awesome. Remember, toyota is only making 75,000 of these this year. Better get your hand on one or else just wait till next year. The elec outlet is totally unprecedent and I love it with my laptop. I didn't go for the navigation cuz I can just use my laptop as a navigation system. HEHEHE! Definantly go test drive and see this car at the dealer even if you are not looking into buying this car.

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    3/10/2002 10:47:24 PM

    2002 Volkswagen Jetta - GLX (EOP Week 40) (M5) Sedan

    Pros: smooth VR6 engine

    Cons: all the rest

    Advice: buy a previous generation- they had less quality issues

    Engine is fabulous except in the first year spent in the dealership more time than on the road because of every possible electrical problem.All the window motors burnt without chance of replacing for lack of spares in the US; ECU was eventually replaced; all anti-corrosion wax melted and ended down on the road; leather seats have no side-bolstering; seat memory never worked; passenger side mirror has a mind of its own; rear view mirror does not automatically dim( I miss a normal mirror).Car is going thru its 3rd battery, for its original capacity is too low for a car with a million of power features.Engine heats up very fast on hot days running AC. Requires Premium gas for normal ride.Original air filter must be thrown away after signing purchase papers-it sufficates the engine from 2500 rpm( replace it with a K&N unit).1st gear engages very ruffly in any situation. Cupholders over the CD tray-Duh!!! Autoclimate controls are too small and too close to a shiftstick, eventually they start sticking to each other. Wood trim though of good quality- was an afterthought by fitment.Outside mirrors should be %10 larger for this size of a car.