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    2002 Kia Rio - (M5) Sedan

    Pros: appearance

    Cons: the ride

    Advice: It is only good for a 'first' new car. Never down grade to this.

    When I first Tested the car out before buying it, it drove nicely. I really liked the car and the way it 'scooted' around. It seemed like it was going to be a great car. Then after about 500 miles, the car started to drive poorly. It skips all over the road and the car vibrates when the brakes are applyed. It feels like I'm riding in a go-cart.

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    2002 Mazda Protege5 - (M5)

    Pros: Sporty Styling, High Performance Handling, Mazda Quality

    Cons: Needs a Sportronic transmission like the Eclipse or the Mercedes E320

    Advice: If you want a Mazda and can't wait for the RX8 buy this car.

    Wonderful Car. Fast, Sporty, Drives like a Go-Kart. Fully loaded it's the best car in its class. I traded my 2000 Celica GTS for a Black P5 and couldn't be happier. It's a little underpowered but in the curves it could hang with anything. Only complaints are minor such as wind noise with the roof rack (especiall with the sunroof open) and the stock stereo could put out a little more power but other than that it's a definite must buy.

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    2002 Volkswagen Jetta - GLS TDI (M5) Sedan

    Pros: TDI Diesel mileage, 40 + miles/gallon

    Cons: cup holder in front of CD player

    Advice: Buy one quick, BEST value!

    The best car for the money at under $20,000! All the extras with out being expensive options! Got the diesel, gets great gas mileage, went to beach and back (240) on half a tank! Lots of power with only 90 Hp, gets up and goes, and cruises smooooth! Sharp looker especially in Black with gold trim. Looks like a $40,000 vehicle, saves BIG dollars on fuel, how can I loose!

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    2002 Ford Escort - Standard (100A)

    Pros: responsiveness and acceleration smooth with 5 speed

    Cons: nothing

    Advice: great economy with dependability

    Its responsive, handles well and never had a problem with it at 55,000 miles

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    2002 Honda Civic - LX (M5) Sedan

    Pros: The ride - choppy, but responsive. You can't feel the gears shift in automatic.

    Cons: The seats are uncomfortable, rear of car is ugly.

    Advice: The best in its class - best resale too.

    Test drove the Nissan Sentra and Toyota Echo too. The Echo felt really cheap, and the Sentra, even with 10 more horsepower, performed poorly. Mazda's commercials kept me from even test driving the protege. The better-looking Sentra was cheaper with the same features and good reliability, but so-so resale and sluggish performance. The echo was too expensive and came with NO features. The civic was the best hands-down, but if Nissan can sell the same car with the same features for less, so should Honda. Why Honda discontinued the hatchback, I have no idea - it was their best-selling, best looking model. Everything is top quality the car is roomier than its competition.

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    2002 Saturn S-Series - SL (M5) Sedan

    Pros: moon roof.

    Cons: nothing

    Advice: don't delay, pick one up they are great cars.

    This car is amazing, it is very roomy, it has zip to it and it looks incredible.

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    2002 Volkswagen GTI - L (M5)

    Pros: Tiptronic transmission made by Audi

    Cons: 17

    Advice: Test drive this car before laying down 22K for anything else!

    It is hard to explain what it is like to drive this new GTI. The 180 HP engine makes the wheels squeal like never before. Finally, VW has made the stock version of this car a serious contender in the 'speedy' crowd. The GTI stays up with most 6 cylinder challengers and even some 8 cylinders guys. The car is heavy and feels well planted on the road surface. I have the optional 17' wheels and sticky Michelins that help keep the front end on the ground and not in the air. VW also put old optional sport suspension as standard equipment to help keep this pocket rocket stable. For people who like to shift manually once and a while, the Tiptronic automatic transmission (made by Audi) is just right. I think it knows when to shift better than I do since I got a lower 0-60 time in Drive than by my own shifting!! It was just mentioned that VW is bringing out a limited edition (1000) GTIs in May that contain new lower body panels, Recarro GTI seats, and 18' wheels. Get your order in now.