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    2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder - GT

    Pros: drop top and looks

    Cons: needs more power

    Advice: if you want to beef it up, goto the club 3g web site

    i got the car mid january 2002, and in 6 months have already racked up over 14,000 miles. it is sooooo much fun to drive, and is truly comfortable. my wife and i usualy take road trips of 100 miles or more each weekend!. my commute often requires 100 to 175 miles of driving a day, and i still love this car. it is not uncommon for us to drive 60 miles after work to take a walk on the beach. if you love to drive in comfort, and wish a fun, reliable car, this is it.

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    2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder - GT

    Pros: The convertible top!

    Cons: I'd like a few more horses under the hood, 200 aint bad but 225-250 would be perfect

    Advice: drive it with top up and down, watch the blind spots and make sure you can park it. It drives much bigger than it looks

    love the drop top, no longer is the Eclipse a high school hot rod but quite a bit more refined and geared towards adults. Looks are an objective thing, so I'll stick to more facts about it. (Though I personally think it's gorgeous.) Its quick enough, not very torquey, wont snap your neck but you will turn a few heads with it. Its quite a bit bigger than you would think, watch the blinds spots with the top up. Drove it all winter and it was fine in CT snow. I get about 24 to the gallon. It has a wide turning radias so parking can be at times tough. Its very stable through turns at a higher speed. There is somewhat of a back seat, (which actually fits a baby seat, much to my chagrin) but no one wants to hang out back there for very long. The front seats are very roomy, taller riders may be bothered by the top sill of the windshield. The engine is incredibly smooth and has a nice exhaust note at low speeds but quiets down at higher speed so you wont be bothered by it. Very quiet and low turbulence in the front seats, you can carry on a normal conversation at 65 mph. Its very fun to drive hard or to just cruise. For what it costs, I cant find a better deal on a convertible, Highly recommend it.

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    2002 Audi TT - FWD Front Trak Roadster

    Pros: Ball glove interior

    Cons: Turbo lag off the line

    Advice: Make sure you can live with only 2 seats.

    A pure joy to drive with unique styling inside and out. The optional ball glove interior adds to the special interior. The trunk in the 180 is the largest in its class, so this car is a real long distance cruiser.

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    2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder - GT

    Pros: Driver seat

    Cons: Rear window view

    Advice: Don't bother driving anything else.

    The spyder looks and handles well. Turning radius is not quite tight enough, but overall it's fun to drive, looks great and is fairly affordable. I love the driver's seat. I am relatively height challenged at 5 feet and I find I can reach effectively without having my chest in the wheel. My husband is 6 foot and finds it just as comfortable. Rear viewing could be a little better.

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    2002 Audi TT - L 180 HP (M5) quattro Quattro Coupe

    Pros: Preformance, this car loves to move, and with 4wd it feels solid as a rock.

    Cons: nothing

    Advice: Test drive this car! and ask about smartbuy.

    Of all the cars I considered, the Audi was the best without question. Power to spare, all wheel drive, fit and finish are top notch, and all scheduled maintainence is free for 4 years! This car handles like a dream, and is just plain fun to drive, but be warned, this car garners ALOT of attention.

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    2002 Audi TT - FWD Front Trak Roadster

    Pros: Body styling like no other car on the road

    Cons: smallish trunk- have to take golf clubs out of the bag to fit

    Advice: don't just drive with the top down- you will appreciate the solid feel and lack of noise with the top up

    Once you get used to the turbo coming off the line, its really fun to drive. I love the turbo in 5th gear- gives you great acceleration without downshifting. Test drove the Honda S2000 but preferred the extra styling in the Audi ( motorized rear windcreen, stainless steel rollbars, larger 17' tires). Zero vibration- drive with your hand on the shifter and you will know what I mean.

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    2002 Audi TT - L 180 HP (M5) quattro Quattro Coupe

    Pros: The CAR!!!!!!!

    Cons: That the ragtop was *not* available in Denim Blue for some strange reason.

    Advice: If you look at the car and have an unexplained desire in your soul

    I ordered 0401 and got 0801, longest 4 mos. of my life. It is exciting, wonderful, makes driving my *favorite* sport. I've had Chevy sport wannabees try to bring it on and they failed, dismally. It is possible to improve the outlook of my day just by driving my car. Truly extraordinary. Audi paid attention to *every* detail. One caveat, this car is probably not for those over 5'10', they have most of the visibility complaints I've heard. Total quality score should be about 95%. A few little things have had to be fixed.