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    2002 Pontiac Grand Am - GT Sedan

    Pros: I love my sunroof!!

    Cons: high truck deck,, have to lift cargo too high

    Advice: test drive and if you like it,, buy, buy, buy

    It handles wonderful, very responsive engine, great braking and smooth stops.. good visibility,, great sunroof and good trunk space which is even better once back seats or one is folded down,, if you can take advantage of this,. trunk deck is too high,, have to lift cargo too high to place in trunk,, a drawback,, great styling with performance and great family sedan or flashy for the single person,, love it and would buy one again,, great gas mileage,, Ed,,, SeaGrey@worldnet.att.att

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    2002 Saturn S-Series - SL2 (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Its known reliability and good value for its price range.

    Cons: Wide turning circle and several little things are just not thought out.

    Advice: I Like it, but perhaps wait to see the redesigned 2003 S-Series.

    It is a good car for the money. I thought the SL2 was a better value than the SL1 when you upgrade the SL1 to Auto, A/C, and Option Pkg. My car had two sample defects. One broken air vent fascia and a rattle that went away (probably a broken piece from the vent fascia). The car is comfortable, handles well, and has enough power when you step on the gas. Dealer handled transaction quickly and I was able to switch cars four times and walk around unattended -- during the sale -- all I needed. The car if reasonably well designed, though my very old Honda Civic still had a lot of usability/design features that were better thought out. Like why does the lower part of the trunk latch have to stick up? I tear stuff on it all the time. Why not recessed? And the tire jack and tire are a pain to get out, use, and put back. I was amazed, though, that Saturn stands by their 30 money-back guarantee. People regularly come up and ask about my Saturn and tell me of either their, or someone they know, experience of what a good, reliable car it is.

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    2002 Saturn S-Series - SL2 (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Its known reliability and good value for its price range.

    Cons: Wide turning circle and several little things are just not thought out.

    Advice: I Like it, but perhaps wait to see the redesigned 2003 S-Series.

    It is a good car for the money. I thought the SL2 was a better value than the SL1 when you upgrade the SL1 to Auto, A/C, and Option Pkg. My car had two sample defects. One broken air vent fascia and a rattle that went away (probably a broken piece from the vent fascia). The car is comfortable, handles well, and has enough power when you step on the gas. Dealer handled transaction quickly and I was able to switch cars four times and walk around unattended -- during the sale -- all I needed. The car if reasonably well designed, though my very old Honda Civic still had a lot of usability/design features that were better thought out. Like why does the lower part of the trunk latch have to stick up? I tear stuff on it all the time. Why not recessed? And the tire jack and tire are a pain to get out, use, and put back. I was amazed, though, that Saturn stands by their 30 money-back guarantee. People regularly come up and ask about my Saturn and tell me of either their, or someone they know, experience of what a good, reliable car it is.

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    2002 Acura TL - Base

    Pros: Power

    Cons: Navigational system does not cover most areas. I should have purchased the Lexus

    Advice: If you want a Navigational system purchase the Lexus or BMW. I am sorry I bought the Navi system

    I purchased the Accura TL Type S a month ago. One of my main reasons for the purchase was the navagational system. That was a mistake. The navagation system is almost useless. Unless your destination is in the middled of New York City or Washington DC you will not find the address. I live just outside of Washington DC and when I want a location in the suburbs it is very rare that the address will be located. I went to New Jersey (Freehold area) and could not find a single location, could not even use cross streets. When I try to find golf courses in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania I have been able to find one out of twenty. Almost all of the ones I could not find have been there for more than ten years so they are not new. When I compared the Accura system to the BMW, the BMW had every site I wanted. You see, BMW navagation system is broken down by area, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic etc. and therefore has much more detail. Accura covers the whole country. Well, I don't need Texas or California. On a BMW you can purchase the additional areas on DVDs for a couple of hundred dollars. In summary, if your reason to purchase is the navigation system don't buy the Accura. Barry Pershan clubs@adros.com

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    2002 Acura TL - Type S

    Pros: Navigational system

    Cons: Small spare tire

    Advice: Get an option with NAVI

    Seats are very supportive and comfortable, Acura TL-s has a firm ride and very predictable and accurate steering. Super acceleration and Vehicle Stability Control is there for bad road conditions. All of it keeps you feel good and safe. Navigation system is easy and fun to use. This is a great car,

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    2002 Acura TL - Type S

    Pros: Engine power and performance

    Cons: Could use more head room (I am 6' 4')

    Advice: Buy the Type S - For $2000 the performance is increased significantly

    Great balance between engine performance and handling. The car is looks conservative but surprisingly fast and refined. You should buy the Type S, for $2000 the features are well worth it. Even with the Type S we are getting 22 MPG in the City and 30 MPG on the highway - not bad for a 260 HP sedan!

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    2002 Mazda Protege5 - (M5)

    Pros: looks

    Cons: no rear cupholders

    Advice: get the 5 speed manual transmission

    After trading in my 2000 Honda Civic Si coupe for a 2002 Mazda Protege5, I can honestly say that I am glad about this decision. Build quality is top notch and the 2.0 liter engine zings when stepped on hard. The 5 speed manual is a must. Do not even consider the automatic. The best feature of this new model is its looks. People everywhere will gaze at it and start up conversations. The interior is as cool as the exterior. Silver accents along with carbon fiber adorn the dash and the shifter is topped with a cool ball knob. All controls are logically placed and you do not need to look when activating them. I have only two gripes about the Protege5: no rear cupholders and the location of the driver's power lock button. The lock button is really uncomfortable to reach and activate. Other than these two gripes I can say that there is no other car on the market that offers so much for so little. Here are advantages that it has over the competition: 3 year/50,000 instead of 3 year/36,000 mile warranty. Another is roadside assistance at no extra charge. You have to pay for that with Honda. Also, getting 3.9% APR for 48 months financing was not bad either. You can look cool and still carry four other friends along with luggage. If anyone has questions that you would like to discuss in particular please do not hesitate to e-mail me at tuantran1974@hotmail.com. I would be more than happy to discuss my favorite topic: my Protege5.