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Coupes and Compact Cars Ratings

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    3/15/2002 9:24:44 AM

    2002 Nissan Altima - Base

    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 - Base

    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 - Base

    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.

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    3/10/2002 7:04:02 PM

    2002 Nissan Sentra - Base

    Pros: Accelleration and Gas Milage

    Cons: nothing

    Advice: My sales person was excellent but watchout for con artists...BE PREPARED!

    I am have been a loyal Nissan consumer for almost a decade. My first car was a '86 200sx. My parents bought it for my my 16th b-day. At 156,000+ miles, it is a workhorse. I just bought a '02 Sentra GXE two weeks ago. I am very pleased. For an entry level car it has out performs most of the cars in its class. I would advise anyone who is just starting out like me to strongly consider the Sentra.

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    3/10/2002 5:58:52 PM

    2003 Pontiac Vibe - Base FWD

    Pros: The driver controls and instrumentation

    Cons: I honestly haven't found a feature I dislike...sorry!

    Advice: Drive

    It is fun to drive my new 2003 Vibe. Once you're behind the wheel, the experience begins to unfold as you close the door(quality sound) and gaze at the interior design and spaciousness. The Vibe's fit and finish is very good. The driving experience is comfortable, quiet, responsive and secure. For $19,000 this is a well equipped vehicle that is very versatile in it's ability to carry passengers and parcels. A road test is a must to experience this new design, the new age 'station-wagon' of efficiency.