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    2002 Lexus SC 430 - Base

    Pros: Style

    Cons: Speedometer cluster

    Advice: Express interest but deal patiently

    This is by far the sweetest car I have ever owned!

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    2002 Infiniti I35 - Base

    Pros: Conveniences...from memory driver seating, to factory installed Garage Door buttons. The packages are great and you cannot beat the price.

    Cons: With Navigation package, the CD changer is in the Trunk

    Advice: This vehicle has everything you could ask for, yet the price is unbelieveable.. Feel free to email me if you have any questions in regards to current performance.

    This car handles like no other. It's graceful (luxurious), yet it handles like a sports car. Highly recommend the Sport, Navigation, and Sunroof Package.

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    2002 Infiniti I35 - Base

    Pros: Heating and Cooling features --The heated steering wheel, seats (all 4) & outside mirrors on the cold days. For the warmer days the remote controlled auto down of the fron door windows is nice.

    Cons: Styling -- in particular, rear quarter panels and headlights

    Advice: If you travel a lot then get the Navigation system, otherwise pass on it and have an in-dash 6 CD player instead of the trunk mounted 6 CD player. p.s. Buy the optional full size spare, at $180 you can't beat that even though you lose some trunk space.

    The new Infiniti I-35 has found the perfect niche. Power, poise and price all rolled up into one pleasing package. ...................................................................................................................... The new I-35 has excellent highway passing power. A simple press of the pedal affirms the 255bhp under the hood. ...................................................................................................................... The 17-inch wheels are pleasing to the eyes while perfect for any punishment the pavement can dish out. Handling is crisp, yet the ride is amazingly smooth. .......................................................................................................................... All the controls are logically placed and the majority of which can be accessed from the steering wheel. A good example of this logic is the location of the fuel lid release lever and trunk lid lever on the driver’s door instead of in the glove box or on the floor. Note: All the comparments should have the slow release feature not just the sun-glasses holder. ....................................................................................................................... Comfort is guaranteed from the moment of entry to the point of exit, when the driver’s seat goes all the way back for easy exit. During the cooler months the heated seats, steering wheel, and outside mirrors keep things bearable. While the easy to operate sunroof and auto roll down feature of the front door windows allow one to cool down the interior before a door is even opened, for those not so cool months. ....................................................................................................................... The gear shifter is great for those who want the look and feel of a stick shift with the convenience of an automatic. Guess what boys and girls the xenon lights are standard, like a great deal of other toys (too many to list). ....................................................................................................................... Most cars in the near luxury category are either sporty, small but lack comfort or are luxurious, normal in size but lack power. It sure is nice to see a car that has just the perfect blend of size, power and comfort. Even nicer is the price of which. ......................................................................................................................... Prior to my purchase of the 2002 Infiniti I-35 I owned a 2002 Toyota Camry (4 cylinder 157bhp). Prior to that I owned a 2000 Toyota Tundra (V-8 245bhp). While the Tundra was nicer than it was practical and the Camry was more practical than it was nice the Infiniti I-35 is the best of both worlds. Take just one test drive in an Infiniti I-35 and you’ll see what I mean. ................................................................................................................... Enjoy the ride. p.s. When you go to test drive the car make sure your current automobile is cleaned out so when do buy the Infiniti I-35 you’ll be able to drive away in your new Goddess of the Driveway that much sooner.

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    2002 Lincoln Navigator - 4x4

    Pros: RIDE/POWER

    Cons: CENTER CONSOL TAKES UP TOO MUCH ROOM

    Advice: TRY THR EXPEDITION FIRST

    BIG POWERFULL AND GENERALLY SPACIOUS ALTHOUGH CENTER CONSOLE TAKES UP A LOT OF HIP ROOM. DETAIL ITEMS; DOOR FIT,PAINT ETC DOESN'T MATCH UP TO HIGH STANDARD IMPORTS

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    2002 Jaguar X-Type - 2.5L (M5)

    Pros: Handling

    Cons: Real (?) wood trim looks and feels like plastic

    Advice: If you're concerned about Jag's rep for mechincal problems as I was (am), Lease it. All servicing comes with it along with a comprehesive AAA like roadside assistance pacage.

    I've had my X-type for 3 months. equipped with 3L engine/auto, Luxury and Weather packages. It handles like a sports car with all the comforts and amenities of a luxury sedan. It's a joy to drive on back roads (every bit as fun as my old Triumph Spitfire used to be). However, it is equally good on the expressways. Plenty of power especially at the high end and at the low end too if you hit the 'S' button (neat for leaving tailgaters in the dust). Safety features especially the side impact & curtain air bags front and back give a sense of security. Anxious to try out the all wheel drive and traction control in the snow. This is my first Jag and it is everything I'd hoped it would be

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    2002 Infiniti I35 - Base

    Pros: It is loaded with toys and conveniences.

    Cons: Appearance

    Advice: buy it.

    The car handles beautifully especially over rough pavement and corners tightly. It is especially quiet on the highway (I assume the 17 inch wheels have something to do with this) and the seats are very comfortable. all the controls are well placed and easily operated. The 250 HP engine provides for a quick pickup and effortless driving.

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    2002 Mercedes-Benz M-Class - Base

    Pros: My favorite feature on the 2002 ML500 is the new exterior designing and the re-done dash. It looks great! There is more wood, and more chrome, which makes it look all the more classy.

    Cons: My least favorite feature would have to be the back of the car, it seems a bit bland, Other than that it looks great!

    Advice: If you choose to buy the 2002 ML500, get the GPS screen, you wont regret it.

    Last September, I purchased a new mercedes C320 for myself. My daughter just graduated high school with outstanding grades, so I decided it was time for her to get a car. After a few weeks she decided on the new ML500. At first I wasnt sure that I wanted my 17 and a half year old daughter to have a car 12,000 dollars more expensive than mine! But my wife, daughter, and I went to the Mercedes Dealership 3 days ago, to look for the ML500. In the back they had one with a Capri Blue exterior, and grey leather, with the burled wood trim. The car had the chrome side steps, sun roof, wood and leather steering wheel, and my favorite...the navigational system. I could tell that my daughter instantly fell inlove. We test drove the car. It runs alot better than the 1999 ML320. The acceleration, braking, and turning have been greatly improved. This ML500 did not have the parktronic system in it though...which I think is something that my daughter will need. She has a tendancy to not concentrate when she is behind the wheel. I ended up purchasing this vehicle. Have only driven my daughters car around a few times (actually my car) But from what I can tell...Its a great car!