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    2002 Saturn S-Series - SC2 (M5) Coupe

    Pros: CD Player Standard

    Cons: Prefer MP3 CD Player instead

    Advice: Leather interior is nice.

    Did not test drive, my 3rd Saturn and handles and operates very similar to SL2 models previously owned.

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    2002 Acura RSX - Type S (M6)

    Pros: The Vehicles design and power.

    Cons: There is nothing you really dislike, but as I stated above, I do miss the accoustic base in the stereo.

    Advice: Awesome, awesome, awesome. If you can spare a little bit more in your budget, this is a must get car!

    While my last four vehicles have been either Honda or Acura from my 93 Prelude Si, 94 Integra, 97 Prelude and now my 2002 RSX-S, I never thought I could be more pleased. But again, were talking Honda. This RSX-S has to be the best affordable sports car on the market. The power with which it is equipped with is a huge improvement over my 97 Prelude. I cannot get over the low end and high end power and accelaration. Getting used to a 6 speed is a little different for those 5 gear folks like myself but, now I wouldn't trade it for the world. The ride is extremely smooth, the controls are big and right at finger tips. The in-dash 6 CD changer and the Bose stereo system have terrific sound, although I do miss the big bass Accoustic sound my 97 Prelude had but, the system is still very clear and has good bass with the subwoofer surrouned by the spare tire. The seats are very comfortable leather with plenty of leg room (front and back). The look of the car is a very sharp, fast and impressive style, especially if you get the underbody spoiler kit for an additional $2000, but well worth it. Trunk space is huge and there is a cover to hide your goodies when at a store. The four year/50,000 mile warranty is another perk of Acura. This is an all around great luxury/sports car for those of us not yet able to purchase a Porshe.

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    2002 Honda Accord - 3.0 EX w/Leather (A4) Sedan

    Pros: sun roof

    Cons: nothing really. I love it

    Advice: own it for a long time, it'll pay off in the long run.

    Smooth and quiet. Bought at Honda World in Orange County, excellent price. We got the full, tricked out model with mud flaps, spoiler, wheel locks, etc. It still cost less than the MSRP base model.

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    2002 Acura RSX - Base (M5)

    Pros: Standard Cd player/Bose 6-speaker stereo

    Cons: Exterior look isn't what i was looking for, but the interior/driving capabilities more than made up for it.

    Advice: Just drive the car. You won't know what its like until you sit behind the wheel and drive it yourself

    I just test drove the car yesterday, and I loved it. From the moment I opened the door and looked past the exterior, I knew that this was the car I wanted. The seats keep you comfortable, the standard CD player...Then i took it out for a spin. The shifting is like no other car i have ever driven, so smooth. The general quietless on the road, not to mention the bose stereo to drown out any road noise that might occur. What can i say i fell in love with the car from the minute i pulled out of the parking lot.

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    2002 Chevrolet Cavalier - Z24 Coupe

    Pros: Appearance

    Cons: Should have got the power drivers seat

    Advice: You cant go wrong! I would suggest the manual transmission

    I traded in a 1999 mustang for my Z24 and I have to say I dont miss the Stang for a second! Even with a smaller engine, my Z24, 5 sp. has no problem with power and doesnt give me the feeling that its 'struggling' like the Ford gave me. The interior is well put together, no rattles or squeaks and I think it gives a nice ride. I average about 32 mph with a mix of in town and highway driving.

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    2002 Pontiac Grand Am - GT Sedan

    Pros: I love my sunroof!!

    Cons: high truck deck,, have to lift cargo too high

    Advice: test drive and if you like it,, buy, buy, buy

    It handles wonderful, very responsive engine, great braking and smooth stops.. good visibility,, great sunroof and good trunk space which is even better once back seats or one is folded down,, if you can take advantage of this,. trunk deck is too high,, have to lift cargo too high to place in trunk,, a drawback,, great styling with performance and great family sedan or flashy for the single person,, love it and would buy one again,, great gas mileage,, Ed,,, SeaGrey@worldnet.att.att

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    2002 Acura RSX - Base (M5)

    Pros: The leather bucket seats. Wrap around you like a glove and keep you very comfortable on those long drives. And the shifting on the 5spd is very smooth

    Cons: The holes where the foglights are supposed to go if you don't have them. Just looks like something is missing. I have a feeling I'll be having those installed shortly to complete the look

    Advice: Definitely test drive it - don't go by looks alone. And consider spending the little extra for the leather interior and the optional spoiler. Worth every penny.

    Just picked up my car on Tuesday and abolutely love it. Corners as well as - if not better than - more expensive sports cars, looks fantastic, handles very well. Lots of power even if you don't get the Type-S. Many safety features make you feel very secure and comfortable. I have no doubt this will be the best car I have ever owned. And the looks - the interior looks very modern with the titanium finish and round dials - the exterior is very sporty and looks even better with the optional rear wing spoiler