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Pros: Sport pkg w/20' wheels, 4 full doors,
Cons: harsh ride when unloaded, gas mileage
Advice: Not for the lead footed(gas mileage)2002 Ram 1500 Quad Cab with sport pkg,4.7liter, auto,tow pkg. This is the first truck I have ever owned. I love it! It's a real head turner. I constantly receive complements on its styling. Gas mileage could be better. I avg about 18-19 mpg highway at 65mph. City mileage is pretty bad, especially if you have a heavy foot in stop and go traffic. I avg 10-12 mpg city. If the roads are not good and you don't have a load in the rear, hold onto your hats, because you're in for a rough ride. I have had a couple of defects fixed(leaking windshield, floor air is on all the time) I have put about 5000 miles on and have noticed in the last 1000 that it is starting to shift gears a little harder. Almost bought the Ford Supercrew. It had more power and slightly more rear seat room(1'), but it lacked the styling and bed size that the Dodge has. If you buy the Dodge w/20' wheels make sure you buy mud flaps, otherwise expect to have mud and dirt all over the sides of your truck. Overall I am pleased with the truck, and I think a made the best choice for my needs.. The only improvement I would make other than quality control would be a more powerful engine option. And maybe better fuel mileage, which would be wanted of any new vehicle.
Pros: automatic rearview mirror/driver mirror dimming
Cons: 2nd row leg room
Advice: Test drive it to see if it fits your needsI've loved the way the Durango looks since it first came out as a 1997 model. I've got lots of power, especially coming off of a 1986 Honda Prelude. I wish there was more leg room to the second row but it's not bad. It would benefit in the future for it to have a backup warning system because it's somewhat hard to tell where the back is when going in reverse. Other than that, this car is great. Leather seats are very comfortable; dual climate control works great. Great acceleration, especially passing going uphill.
Pros: Looks, Style, and Sportyess.
Cons: Leg Room / w foot rest in the way.
Advice: Make sure to get the 3.5 v6I had a 96 Intrepid and put 155k miles on it, traded it in for a new Intrepid as they are great cars. The are very atractive looking, there are only two things I can really falt them for. The raido, even the upgraded raido and cd player/speaker combination bites. Take it somewhere and get a custom system put in. And the door if your a tall or larger person your knee pushes aginst the door and its not padded like the old door so it can be a little uncomfortable. It was not a problem in the old model as it did not have the intergrated foot rest. But all in all its a wonderfully fun car to dive, sporty, sharp and if taken care of will take you many many miles.
Pros: trip computor
Cons: lack of rear seat cup holders, and the wrong tires
Advice: get limited slip axle, plastic rear wheel house insertstruck was delivered with the wrong tires, they where suppose to be off road(all teerrain) and came through with all season, missing rear seat cup holders. Truck handles great is equipt with camper and snow plow packages, really aids in handleing. The larger fuel tank is a plus too(34 gal).
Pros: Great stereo (120 watt CD and Cassette)
Cons: glove box a little chincy
Advice: get the 6cylQuick car, rides nice, very comfortable, Shifts smoothly. On hilly roads consider leaving it in 3rd (auto trans) performs better and a lot less shifting. Stereo is the best I ever had.
Pros: Interior room/3rd seat
Cons: Position of gear shift
Advice: Look at all Durango modelsI love this vehicle. The ride is smooth, the interior is luxurious, great features, the dealer (Va Beach Dodge) gave me a great deal, the salesman was terrific...what else can I say? Oh! The vehicle is great! All my friends want one now. I have 4 kids, and the 3rd seat is terrific. I have been wanting one for years, but the 2002 model just couldn't be passed on. I couldn't be happier with it!
Pros: The way the car handles.
Cons: No factory cd player? Who owns tapes anymore?
Advice: Take one for a spin. You will be suprised by the performance of this American compact.My second Neon. The 2002 ACR replaced a 1999 Highline. Let me say the second generation has a much better build quality. The Magnum 2.0 has about the best horsepower and torque for a car of its price. The handling is unbelievable on the ACR trim. Fully adjustable struts, larger front sway bar, addition of a rear sway bar, stiffer springs, and a 16:1 rack make this car awesome on the curves. Very fun to drive, although the car really needs a 6th speed (overdrive) to help with fuel economy considering the 3.94 final drive, and to help keep engine noise down. Thankfully D/C added full frame doors and killed the wind noise problem of the first generation Neons. After driving one for several months I know why they win so many SCCA events.