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Coupes and Compact Cars Ratings

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    11/23/2001 1:13:41 PM

    2002 Mitsubishi Lancer - OZ Rally

    Pros: Sharp handling

    Cons: Stereo

    Advice: Take advantage of the 0 0 0 financing and get the spoiler!

    This car has great getup and go! Stops on a dime and is very comfortable. Very roomy.

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    11/20/2001 11:09:00 AM

    2002 Volkswagen GTI - VR6 (EOP 9/16/01) (M5)

    Pros: The VR6 Engine

    Cons: Entry to the backseat is a bit weird

    Advice: Wait for the 2002 version which is supposedly going to have even more horses

    Traded in my $35,000 (96 prices) 3-series BMW for a 2001 GTI and this car kicks the BMW's ass. Have had the GTI for just over a year now and have had zero problems with the car and it is still a blast to drive. Quality, performance, comfort, style, and features are comparable or beat cars that are much more expensive.

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    11/19/2001 12:59:48 PM

    2002 Chevrolet Cavalier - LS Sedan

    Pros: good gas mileage

    Cons: head room

    Advice: it is a great buy for he money

    The car handled nicely. It is easy to park. It was also fun to drive. I am about 5'19' and could have used more headroom.

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    11/18/2001 9:07:06 AM

    2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Sedan

    Pros: AWD with tons of torque

    Cons: Vehicle seems less stable @ +110mph due - could be solved w/suspension upgrade

    Advice: Skip carbon fiber trim and get the suspension upgrade + performance muffler

    I replaced my 1998 Honda Prelude Type SH with this vehicle and never looked back. The straight line acceleration is incredible with minimal engine noise (unlike the Prelude VTEC)...and the AWD allows me an additional 10-20 mph cornering speed on my favorite roads. It is also a very friendly day-to-day driver...easy to get in and out of, 4 doors, large trunk, etc. Acquire one if you have the means. I cannot wait to drive it everyday!!

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    11/13/2001 7:07:45 PM

    2002 Honda Civic - EX (M5) Sedan

    Pros: The moonroof and cruise control (a must have for me)

    Cons: The small-car

    Advice: Do your online research first.

    This car handles very well. The ride is rougher than I was used to but then I was currently driving a larger car and used to a smoother ride. However, I enjoyed the test drive so much I bought it!

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    11/12/2001 9:58:12 AM

    2002 Volkswagen GTI - L (M5)

    Pros: INTERIOR ROOM

    Cons: Outside mirrors should be enlarged

    Advice: Buy it before the price goes up

    Kudos to VW for making a compact and roomy auto that is fun to drive. I am 6'3' tall and I have plenty of head, sholder and leg room. The car has plenty of cargo room. Acceleration and handeling performance are outstanding for any vehicle, particularly one priced less than $25,000. I have never owned a VW befor, so long as VW continues to provide this kind of quality and value, I will be a loyal customer!

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    11/9/2001 4:56:15 PM

    2002 Saturn S-Series - SC1 (M5) Coupe

    Pros: Fuel economy is excellent

    Cons: Saturn Service is very poor

    Advice: know your dealer, if problem persists, evolk the lemon law

    The SC-1 seems to be a good car overall, the factory brakes are very poor, first problem was at 9,000 and replaced at 12,000 and I finally replaced the rotors with aftermarket at 40,000. The car would not track, the car was reatuned to the dealer 6 times for tracking problems and twice to independent alignment shops for evaluation. Tracking improved with new tires but still present. I am in the Auto Aftermarket business, I know cars, the service writers at three Saturn dealers have very poor automotive knowledge and I suffered the consiquences by not receiving the proper attention to my problems. E-mail to Saturn in KY went unanswered and Telephone calls to service managers were polite but problems never resolved. I would not recomend this car to anyone because of the poor service at the dealer level!