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    12/26/2001 10:30:50 AM

    2002 Nissan Altima - 3.5 SE (M5)

    Pros: Speed

    Cons: N/A

    Advice: Too much of a high Price

    Excellent Car. It was cheated out of the car of the year for 2002.

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    12/23/2001 6:16:32 PM

    2002 Audi A4 - T (M5) FWD Front Trak Sedan

    Pros: Power and torque

    Cons: The fact that I didn't buy one.

    Advice: Snatch this baby up.

    I am considering this over a BMW 325i. I test drove them both and this car blew me away. I had no idea that a 4 cylinder can hit 100 coming off an on-ramp onto I-64... This car is amazing and priced around what I am looking to spend. Anyone who has one please email me. I would love to hear from you.

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    12/22/2001 7:17:48 PM

    2002 Nissan Altima - 2.5 SL (M5)

    Pros: The powerful Bose stereo system.

    Cons: The fact that the controls on the steering wheel are not at all visible at night.

    Advice: Don't step on the gas too hard when at a standstill as the tires are not grippy and you tend to burn some rubber before finally taking off.

    Prior to owning this car I owned a 2001 Lexus LS430 (I sold due to possibility of layoff). The Altima I chose was a 2.5SL black on black. Although the Altima and the Lexus are in two totally different classes, I must say that I was pleasantly surprise with the ride and quality of a car in this price range ($22k). Also, to be quite honest, I thought the Bose stereo system outperformed the Mark Levison stereo system in the Lexus. Furthermore, this car is a great everyday car which definately proves its worth in terms of fuel efficiency and appearance. One disappointment was that the add-ons (leather, floormats, alloy wheels, etc.) were way too expensive compared to the quality of materials used. However, the quick pickup (180+ torque) more than made up for that. Unfortunately, the engine was a bit noisy (spoiled from the Lexus I think) when revved above the 3000rpm mark. Some sound damping in the cabin interior wouldn't hurt and would only help this car edge out the best selling Accord and Camry. Finally, though I have every intention to purchasing a Lexus once again, I would no doubt purchase another Altima to use as a secondary car in the years to come.

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    12/18/2001 8:11:48 PM

    2002 Nissan Sentra - SE-R Spec V (M6)

    Pros: the engine

    Cons: The fact that it was four door not two door

    Advice: check out the red it looks that best

    The drive was cumforatble but yet starteling when i think of sporty imports i think of two door. but

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    12/18/2001 10:09:28 AM

    2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Overall handling and performance

    Cons: No scan feature on the radio

    Advice: Test drive it

    This car offers it all! If you like performance, fuel economy, and handling, this is the vehicle. I read all of the reviews, and for the most part they were accurate about the pluses and minuses of the design. Looks aren't the greatest, but the more you drive it, the better it looks.

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    12/13/2001 12:27:53 PM

    2002 Volkswagen Jetta - GLS 2.8L (EOP Week 40) (M5) Sedan

    Pros: the V6 engine

    Cons: the gas milage

    Advice: Beware of the gas milage claims

    This is a truely comfortable car to drive. I've owned the 4 cylinder also and the V6 is much smoother and quieter and plenty powerful. The fit and finish are excellent, although I have had some problems that are a little concerning to me such as the passenger window falling into the door, and the springs under both seats falling out. Minor, but irritating. The biggest surprise has been that the car does no better than 278 miles on a tank of gas, far short of what was claimed. I drive 148 miles each way to work, and have not gotten 300 miles from a tank yet.

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    12/12/2001 11:49:20 PM

    2002 Audi A4 - T (M5) quattro Sedan

    Pros: Quattro

    Cons: The time delay between volume and chanel preset. You have to wait for the volume function to clear before you can switch the chanels.

    Advice: Buckle up

    This car is truly a work of art. It drives great, and it's a head turner.