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2002 Subaru Outback - H6-3.0 L.L. Bean Edition (A4) Wagon
Pros: Great Stereo Sound
Cons: Premium fuel required by 6 cyl. engine.
Advice: The L.L. Bean Edition with its extra options is worth the price.Very smooth ride. Great sound system with optional CD-Changer Stereo. Seating very comfortable. Engine has excellent response. Brakes are outstanding. Very predictable handling.
2002 Honda Civic - LX (M5) Sedan
Pros: road handling, engine performance
Cons: brakes and road noise
Advice: overall good value; excellent resale value; consider EX if price is not too excessive for your pocketbookFor a Honda product, it is somewhat enigmatic: excellent in most areas, but strangely lacking in others. The exterior features are attractive, trunk is spacious and accessible, and it performs well in driving tests. However, braking is below average, and road noise is noticeable: a very unusual trait for the usually silent Honda! Some minor trim defects, but overall a solid value.
2002 Hyundai Elantra - (M5) Hatchback
Pros: Lots of power, leg room, GREAT stereo
Cons: Wish that the handles above the passenger windows weren't so loose.
Advice: Check this car out before you buy a Corolla or Civic, better bang for the buck.I have owned three Toyotas, 2 of them, a Corolla. The Elantra GT is a fast, quiet car. This has a lot more leg room than any compact car I have been in. The quality in the Elantra GT is top noch, very clean looking. Super stereo system, way better than I expected. I drive freeway most of the time, I get 33 mpg with this car, which averages 400 or so miles to a tank of gas. I have 12,000 miles on my car already, and it has been just fantastic. A very fun car
2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo - SS
Pros: Leather interior
Cons: 6 speaker sound system doesn't kick like I would like.
Advice: Take it for a drive.....you'll be sold.I love this car, beautiful is the best word to describe it. Excellent handling and acceleration. Would definately suggest at least taking one for a test drive. Originally after a camaro, however with the features (leather interior) and the comfort the Monte Carlo won out.
2002 Audi A4 - 3.0 (M6) quattro Sedan
Pros: External shape and beauty of the body.
Cons: Engine could have used another 30 horses
Advice: Drive your car for 20+ miles to see if any unnecessary warning lights come on, before you buy or lease this vehicleDrives great...beware of electrical problems that began with only 6 miles on my odometer! Now its in the shop for my anti-lock brake and traction control warning lights that come on when they feel like it. Audi can't fix it yet either....so I'm headed for my 4th day in the shop, almost in the shop more than I've had it on the road. Car looks great, handles well, has everything right but (perhaps) the quality will not end up being so good?
2002 Ford Escort - Standard (100A)
Pros: Power Windows, locks, trunk access & remote security system
Cons: Head restraints are not positioned correctly; noisy when back seat is lowered; tires are not readily available in
Advice: Purchase extended warranty from Warranty bytelI have a 1999 ZX2 sport model; 50K miles. I have driven mostly highway miles (11 hour 1 day trip to Columbus OH from KC KS) with no problems & good mileage. The weather turned bad; heavy rain& hail storms...the car 'tracked true' and was stable at 65 & 70 mph. The air conditioning (cycling on & off) didn't cause a noticeable drop in power. The car was delivered with 4 misaligned tires; these had to be replaced during the 1st year. I would recommend this car to anyone.
2002 Honda Accord - 2.3 LX (M5) Sedan
Pros: Styling, resale value, reputation
Cons: blind spots! black is very hard to keep clean!
Advice: take your time and shop all of the honda dealers in your area.. let them know you areToo bad they don't offer the manual transmission with the V-6 Accord, but other than that i think that it is really a great car. I just purchase the 4cyl Accord Sedan and loved it. After trading in a 1997 Accord that i loved, i think they really did a great job. Was very unhappy with the dealership that i bought it from, but at least i have the car and no longer have to deal with the sales dept. Still a great buy.