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    2002 Nissan Altima - 2.5 S (M5)

    Pros: the tail lights

    Cons: the cheap interior

    Advice: dealers won't haggle to much on the price

    I was very impressed with the vehicles outside appearance, but after getting inside and looking around I would say Nissan has a long way to go as far as the interior is concerned. The dash and controls are very 'plasticy' and cheap, I was very un-impressed overall with the vehicle.

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    2002 Volkswagen Jetta - GLS L (M5) Sedan

    Pros: 1.8 T engine

    Cons: rattles

    Advice: Test drive first.

    I have had my 2002 1.8T manual for 4 months. So far there has been no problem except some rattles on bumpy road at the drive's and passenge's doors. It's fun to drive, very comfortable, and safe. With the peppy 1.8T engine it accelerates fast. The fuel economy is quite good - so far it averaged 28-30 MPG with mix driving (10% city and 90% highway). I love the car!

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    2002 Volkswagen Jetta - GLS L (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Peppy 1.8T is great! Heated seats are nice.

    Cons: Cupholder location could be better

    Advice: Nice car for the money. Very happy with it.

    Nice solid car for the price. Nice option packages. Drives really well. Virtually no road noise at highway speeds.

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    2002 Nissan Sentra - GXE (M5)

    Pros: 7 speaker stereo

    Cons: nothing

    Advice: After test driving a new Toyota Corolla and/or Honda Civic - the new Nissan Sentra is BY FAR the BEST CAR of the Corolla and Civic put together! You get more BANG for your buck with the Nissan Sentra.

    The Nissan Sentra was redesigned a couple years ago and is now a better competitor for the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. I still have my '94 Corolla with 130,000 miles on it because it's been so reliable. But after researching and test driving all three newer models of Toyota, Honda and Nissan I found I was still getting a very reliable vehicle with the Nissan Sentra for far less than Toyota AND the Sentra has LOTS more extras and better comfort overall.

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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.

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

    Pros: V6 engine

    Cons: Gas milage is terrible

    Advice: Look into Camry and Accord before buying if you like these cars as well.

    Test drive different models before buying.

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    2002 Honda Accord - 2.3 LX (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Look, feel, value, and re-sale value.

    Cons: blind spot

    Advice: Do research and shopping online. I hate dealing with lying salesmen!

    Great! Loved the look and feel. Only negative: A design flaw in the Accord since this design introduced (1998-2002) which is it's huge rear blind-spot on both sides. Talked with other owners and all agree. Just be a little extra careful when getting over and you'll get used to it.