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Coupes and Compact Cars Ratings

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    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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    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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    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!

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    2002 Acura RSX - Base (M5)

    Pros: Luxury dealer

    Cons: Harsh Ride

    Advice: Perfect small coupe

    Great small car. Handles very well. Lots of scoot. A bit too much road noise comes in thru the chassis. Ride is a bit harsh, but for a sporty car it's OK. Great automatic climate control. Great stereo. Not at all 'buzzy' for a four-banger.

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    2002 Chevrolet Cavalier - Base Coupe

    Pros: Very comfortable seats, makes driving long distance easier.

    Cons: Rear seat entry and exit is slightly difficult.

    Advice: The only thing you have to worry about is choosing a color.

    Very sensitive, easy to handle. Power is available when needed, but not overwhelming. Small enough to be a real compact car, but doesn't saccrifice interior comfort and space.

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    2002 Hyundai Elantra - (M5) Sedan

    Pros: The motors power output.

    Cons: none

    Advice: Just buy it.

    First, just like any other car maker you have to find a dealer that will treat you the way one wants to be treated. The Elantra GLS is everything they say it is. Good looking, plush inside, and all and all a great deal that no other manufacture can beat. The ride and performance of this car is the best of many worlds. The ride is smooth, but nimble. You can go out for ride in comfort but also rip down a back road curve or two. The power output of the motor needs to be felt and seen. Romping down on the pedal brings the car to life and the tack dancing, like that of most sports models. No slug here, the Elantra GLS has power to spare. All in all once you get through the purchase of the car, bad or good, you will be left with a car that will always leave you pleased about your choice.

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    2002 Saturn S-Series - SL2 (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Handles nice

    Cons: They seem to cut corners on some items

    Advice: Get it! Great price

    Nice to drive, fun responsive and smooth.