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    2002 Acura RSX - Base (M5)

    Pros: 6 Speed. The 6th gear helps at highway speed. Better gas mileage with low RPM operation.

    Cons: The two big blind spots. The car has 2 large mirrors to fix this problem.

    Advice: Replace the shift knob with the optional metal one. If you get a cargo net have the dealer do it. It's a pain to install. Test drive this car!

    RSX Type S Smooth and powerful. This car has power at low RPM all the way to the 8000 RPM Redline. Shifting action is the best I have ever felt. The gates are close and the throws short. The clutch is easy to work for smooth yet fast shifts. At highway speeds in 6th gear the car still pulls hard. It's easy to find yourself doing well over 80 MPH without realizing it. The climate control works very well. The seats wrap around you and hold you in place when cornering hard. I didn't know a car could feel or ride like this for under 25,000. Amazing!

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    2002 Volkswagen Cabrio - GL (M5)

    Pros: exterior looks

    Cons: performance, safety, drurability, everything!

    Advice: Don't buy it!

    I purchased a 2001 Cabrio, automatic, and all I have had is problems with this car. My air bags don't function properly. My air bag lights keep on coming on indicating that there are problems with the car. The gas mileage is horrible and the a/c is not cold at all. I took it in and they say that it is normal when other cars, by far, have much colder ac. I had a saturn before this and it drove wonderfully! Don't buy this car. It is the cheapest convertible out there but it is not worth it!

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    2002 Toyota Corolla - S (M5)

    Pros: The daytime light

    Cons: The exterior/interior style.

    Advice: If you don't feel bored with the look, this will be a great car.

    I haven't driven one yet, but I used to go with my friend for a test drive (My friend tested it). I really like this car, but I feel bored with the exterior and interior because it is somewhat new. Unlike Corolla in USA, I have seen 2002 Corolla in Asia, and it looks nicer because it is completely changed both Interiors and exterior.

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    2002 Toyota Corolla - S (M5)

    Pros: HANDLING

    Cons: NONE

    Advice: ENJOY & PAY CLOSE TO DEALER INVOICE

    DROVE 1 MILE & NEW IT WAS A TYPICAL COROLLA.EXCELLENT VEHICLE WITH MORE BELLS & WHISTLES THAN THE 1999 I PREVIOUSLY PURCHASED.

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    2002 Mazda Protege5 - (M5)

    Pros: looks

    Cons: no rear cupholders

    Advice: get the 5 speed manual transmission

    After trading in my 2000 Honda Civic Si coupe for a 2002 Mazda Protege5, I can honestly say that I am glad about this decision. Build quality is top notch and the 2.0 liter engine zings when stepped on hard. The 5 speed manual is a must. Do not even consider the automatic. The best feature of this new model is its looks. People everywhere will gaze at it and start up conversations. The interior is as cool as the exterior. Silver accents along with carbon fiber adorn the dash and the shifter is topped with a cool ball knob. All controls are logically placed and you do not need to look when activating them. I have only two gripes about the Protege5: no rear cupholders and the location of the driver's power lock button. The lock button is really uncomfortable to reach and activate. Other than these two gripes I can say that there is no other car on the market that offers so much for so little. Here are advantages that it has over the competition: 3 year/50,000 instead of 3 year/36,000 mile warranty. Another is roadside assistance at no extra charge. You have to pay for that with Honda. Also, getting 3.9% APR for 48 months financing was not bad either. You can look cool and still carry four other friends along with luggage. If anyone has questions that you would like to discuss in particular please do not hesitate to e-mail me at tuantran1974@hotmail.com. I would be more than happy to discuss my favorite topic: my Protege5.

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    2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Wagon

    Pros: performance - turbo boost

    Cons: cheap interior plastic - cupholder

    Advice: You will not regret it - if you do not buy it from Subaru of Wakefield, MA

    EXCELLENT RIDE!!! Great price for the quality performance and power! The appearance grows on you! :) The interior quality and design could be better! Great car .... would have gotten one if I did not have such a bad experience at the Subaru of Wakefield, MA dealers. If they do not change their attitude of doing business. We will have a wonderful prodcut sold buy a bunch of slackers and horrible people. That means bad for the product. What a shame. IT IS A WONDERFUL CAR. I will try another dealer!

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    2002 Mazda Protege5 - (M5)

    Pros: The 3 spoke 'Nardi' steering wheel.

    Cons: The seats

    Advice: Get one with the 5speed. The automatic shouldn't even be an option!

    Test drove this vehicle June 7,2001. I was initially sceptical of a 5door 4cyl, but after driving for about 30min. I was won over! This car is a blast to drive and the 5spd manual is the way to go. The clutch is nice and tight and is smooth in it's travel. It makes you want to do as much 'heel-toeing' as possible. The engine pulls like a six despite it's small torque, but Mazda's 2.0L four outclasses all others with it's quietness and willingness to run with the big boys. The interior is functional and has the racer white gauges. The only drawback inside are the seats which I could never get comfortable in. But who cares?! I figure the seats will keep you focused on driving and not daydreaming. Other observations, and the most important when dealing with cars of this genre, are it's looks. Nothing on the road looks as cool as this car! The front grille is the smoothest since the 95 Legend, which I own, and has the 'rear-view' gawking factor. The body sits squat thanks to the combination on the low profile 16's and the body kit and the sport suspension. When cornering in this car, down shift and you'll grin from ear to ear! Hey, you'll even giggle. This is a car that will be talked about for years once others get a chance to drive one, I can guarantee it. Mazda has a car that will appeal to GenX'ers and 30somethings like myself and those into street mods. I'm 33 and thought I wanted a TL(Acura), but for 15,000 less I'll have much more fun and and not feel so guilty about it! Buy this car!!!