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    2002 Hyundai Santa Fe - GLS AWD

    Pros: the SMALL details

    Cons: Slight hesitation when accelerating on the gas (usually about 1 second) before it takes off.

    Advice: RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH! Get pre-approved on a loan and DO NOT DEAL WITH DEALERSHIPS THAT TRY TO HAGGLE WITH YOU. Consumer Reports says $500 above invoice

    I researched many different SUV's in the Santa Fe's class (spending several months doing so) and found that the Santa Fe not only offered the best options, looks, and performance, but the best warranty of any other suv in its class (and some above, ie the Durango). The Santa Fe has the looks of a well modeled and planned SUV, but the secret of this puppy is that it performs like a car. As you accelerate down the road you don't feel like you are driving something unwieldy. Backing up, parallel parking, etc are a breeze, with more than enough open space to view where you're going (unlike larger suv's like the Durango and the Suburban)

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    2002 Hyundai Sonata - LX (M5)

    Pros: The stereo/cd player/cassette (leather seats are nice also)

    Cons: A little underpowered. The 3.5L would be a nice option.

    Advice: Great buy

    Altough the Sonata is not a BMW, it will impress most people. And the value is outstanding. Where else can a customer find all the options and styling found in the 2002 Sonata and a '$0' deductable-10 year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty.

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    2002 Hyundai XG350 - L

    Pros: THE MANY STANDARD OPTION AND THE EXTENDED WARRANTY

    Cons: NONE AT THIS TIME

    Advice: BUY

    I PURCHASED THIS CAR NEW IN 11/2001 I FIND THIS CAR TO BE AN EXCELLENT VALUE FOR THE MONEY. PERFORMANCE EXCESSED MY EXPECTATION. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS VEHICLE ANY WHO ASK. I GET IT A FOUR STAR RATING.

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    2002 Hyundai Accent - L (M5) Hatchback

    Pros: reliability

    Cons: feels cheap and possibly less safe as some others in its class.

    Advice: Just getting to and from places at a low cost buy the car.

    98 thousand miles not a single problem except for a master slave clutch cylender covered under warrenty. I've abused this car and it has not sought retrobution. I've only change dthe oil 5 times and replaced the front brak pads once. The car still seems to be going strong. For the price it cant be beat. Going up hills it passes the Hondas and other subcompacts. It may be the fuel injection. It revs out with noise at about 80mph but can go to 90 or 95 without a problm for short periods. For the price and reliability and function of getting from point a to b its a great car.

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    2002 Hyundai Sonata - LX (M5)

    Pros: looks

    Cons: moonroof

    Advice: ABS does improve handling, if your short choose option pkg 6

    moon roof takes up to much headroom, option package 6 required to get ABS but it forces the moonroof on you.

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    2002 Hyundai Elantra - (M5) Sedan

    Pros: 140 hp

    Cons: stereo is less than i wanted. I'll upgrade

    Advice: List the things you want from a car before you buy

    I have 1200 miles on my Elantre and it definatley has some get up and go when needed. Rap the accelerator and it takes off, in town or at expressway speeds. Just right for the daily comute. I chose it over the competetion for this and the little bit of extra leg room it has. The transmission seems to get confused when the car is cold at low speeds, and the am/fm cassette sound system is marginal. The trunk is one the mafia would be proud of. Lots of room. A good choice for the price. And what a warranty.

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    2002 Hyundai Elantra - (M5) Sedan

    Pros: The many convenience and safety features of the car.

    Cons: The poor quality of the fit for interior trim and components has been an onging problem.

    Advice: Test drive and exam the vehicle you intend to buy. Do not accept a substitute.

    The 2.0 liter engine delivers plenty of power, but the transmission seems unable to find the right gear at speeds lower than highway cruising.