2002 Mitsubishi Galant - LS
Pros: Overall value and pleasant design.
Cons: No ABS or alloy rims standard.
Advice: Go for the 4-cyl. the power is good (not great) and it should last practically forever.My 4-cyl doesn't throw me back in the seat when I'm accelerating hard but it is still very peppy. Mileage is very good though and there's lots of room around the engine to reach things. Ease of maintenance is important to me since I do all my own major engine work and my wife and me intend to see how long we can drive this car. Inerior design appeal and comfort is almost as good as the 2000 BMW 323i I owned in Germany. Our Galant is a very solid car and the fit and finish give me great peace of the wisdom of our purchase decision.
2002 Hyundai Sonata - Base (M5)
Pros: The standard AM/FM/CD player with 6 speakers. Sounds awesome!
Cons: I needed a new transmission within the first month of owning the vehicle
Advice: DEFINATELY WORTH THE MONEY!! AMAZING CAR FOR PRICE!You see the new commercials on T.V. and the car catches your eye. The day I first test drove this vehicle, I knew I was going to buy one. It handles like a dream; smooth, quiet, and sleak. The techtronic shifting automatic transmission is a nice feature to have. The sound system is ten times better than the explorer I previously owned. This vehicle comes standard with keyless entry (an option that once you have, you'll never want to go without), power windows, locks, and mirrors. Basically, you buy the base model and it's already loaded with goodies, unlike most vehicles nowadays. And, on top of all that, you get the best warranty on the market. The only problem I have with the sonata is this: After owning the vehicle for only a week and a half, I took it in for a transmission fluid leak. They found a factory defect and deamed it necessary to replace the entire transmission. I strongly recommend this vehicle to anyone who wants a lot of car for a little money.
2002 Ford Crown Victoria - LX (200A)
Pros: Seat comfort/ride quality
Cons: Interior storage space/traction
Advice: Get the center console and white wall tires to spiff it up.Next to a Lincoln Town Car, the most comfortable car I've ever owned for less than 1/2 the price. The seats are outstanding and more comfortable than my livingroom chair. Gas mileage is great for a boat this size i.e. 20mpg in city and up to 24 on the highway. Although I have the traction control and ABS brakes, traction is fair to poor on wet or snow covered roads. Interior storage space is a weak point and I would opt for the center console option next time around. This car is 60s technology with 21st century comfort. Big, roomy, easy to drive. Looks like a squad car so I'll opt for Mercury next time around.
2003 Toyota Matrix - Standard (M5) FWD
Cons: Problems already
Advice: Wait a year till they work the bugs out.I bought the car 3 weeks ago and I already have problems. The check engine light and the headlight low beam indicator light both came on. I have to get a new 'oxygen sensor' from the manufacturer, whatever that is. I'm very dissapointed. I thought Toyota's where supposed to be reliable, expecially a NEW one! Has anyone else had problems w/ it already?
2002 Nissan Altima - 3.5 SE (M5)
Pros: It's amazing new styling
Advice: Drive and compare the 2.5L and 3.5LI was thrilled when I first encountered the new Altima! I had been considering more expensive options and was amazed to find out that I could get a gorgeous car with all of the options I was looking for. I first drove the 2.5 but was sold when I took the 3.5 for a spin. I love driving this car! Nissan should have renamed this car because it is worlds away from last years model. Bravo, Nissan!
2002 Hyundai Sonata - GLS (M5)
Pros: The comfort of its interior design (it's loaded!)
Cons: That I didn't buy one sooner!
Advice: Trust this skeptic, 'Driving IS believing!'I was in the market for a Honda Accord or a Toyota Camry but was so impressed with performance and overall comfort of the Sonata GLS V6. It features everything I'd ever look for in a car (CD, AM/FM Radio, Cassette, Power Moonroof, Power Locks/Windows, SHIFTRONIC gear shift design (like a Ferrari!), and more) for about $10,000 less than a Honda which offers the same!
2002 Nissan Altima - 3.5 SE (M5)
Pros: Xenon headlights
Cons: Absolutely nothing
Advice: This is a great car. If you like cars that are sporty, have killer styling, and the economy of a V6; this is the car you want.I'm a father of 2, so I needed a car with room, practicality, and good looks. At first, I was going to buy a Honda Accord,then Nissan exploded with the 240bhp Altima for 2k2. I was blown away by the styling so I just had to have one. I got this killer deal from Star Nissan in NYC, so I test drove it and bought it the next day. So far, after 2 months, it has surpassed my expectations about an import. It's so fast, people have asked me if it's a turbo or on Nitrous. I just tell them no, it's brute force from Nissan.