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2002 Mercury Mountaineer - AWD
Pros: the third row seat and how easy it is to get into and how much room there is
Cons: the seat belts sometime don't recoil and stick out the door
Advice: If you are going to tow a heavy trailer get the V-8 otherwise get the 6 cylAs a Previous owner of a 1997 Mountaineer and moving up to a 2002 with now a little over 10,000 miles on it I'm impressed with the mileage my 1997 AWD V-8 5.0 got 10 mile's around town yet the 2000 with the six cylinder gets over 16 and over 20 on the highway. Not bad for a AWD . I also tow a pontoon 20' 8'6' wide. I towed it with and had no problems except once the ball didn't lock correctly and the coupler came undone and the trailer hit the back tail gate and put a dent in it. I have towed for more than 30 years and never had that happen before my fought and the wife let me hear about it, however the truck was able to keep it under control at 45 MPH to A stop. The dealer when I was thinking of buying the six cylinder assured me it would tow the pontoon and sure enough it does and does a better job than the 1997. The V6 has more HP than my older 1997 V8 and you would be hard pressed not to know it wasn't a v8 under the hood. I have to take the /suv into the shop to correct a tirm piece that fell off the seat for lumbar support. and the brakes which stop you very well seem to stick or the transmission doesn't engage right away after a hard stop and when you step on the gas pedal the car doesn't move right away and jerks this again is only after a hard stop. The automatic climate control with dual temp is impressive as well as the indash 6 changer CD. And at 70 MPH Their is a little noise from the window area.
2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Sedan
Cons: Cargo space, pass trough needs to be bigger, or split rear seats would be appreciated
Advice: Make sure you get the wagon if you need cargo space. Other than that, the car is greatThis car is great, accelaration is excellent. Handling is great too, although I wouldn't mind it a little bit stiffer. Fuel ecomony is about what I expected, between 20 and 30 mpg mostly near 20 around town, but I drive a little heavy footed. Build quality is good, the only rattle I noticed in 10000miles was the spare tire squeaking on the metal bed in the trunk on my bumpy gravel driveway. I got some 17in wheels, OZ Prodrive P1's for those in the know that really add character and a few extra mph in corners. The stock tires are nothing special but I'm going to use them in winter...
2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Sedan
Pros: All Wheel Drive
Cons: no power seat
Advice: Buy this car you will love it. you don't want to park the car It's so fun to drive.I recently bought a 2002 Impreza wrx sedan. I love this car. I previously owned a chevy blazer. I love how the awd keeps the car planted firmly on the ground. The seats are great, i jsut wish they had power seats but oh well no biggie. It's also fast and takes corners like it's on rails. You won't go wrong with this car. Oh and for all of you over 6 foot who are thinking of getting this car, go for it. You will have pleanty of room in it.
2002 Mitsubishi Montero Sport - XLS 4x4
Pros: 'Bulldog Tough' front end and the generous ground clearence.
Cons: The wiper controls
Advice: Research Prices!!! CarMax offers brand new Mitsu's and their prices are typically $2000 - $2500 less than sticker. Prices are posted online so take them with you and have the dealer match the price.The thing that got me first was the back seat leg room. With the front seat all the way back my knees weren't hitting the back of the front seat. I'm 6'2'. The ride is very smooth and predictable however, the alignment was out a little bit. With the touring package the interior accents are a nice touch and the sunroof adds an overall open feel to the passenger compartment. The only quirky thing about the vehicle is the wiper controls. Everything is jammed into the right side 'uni stick' on the steering column and take a while to master. I suppose this comes from driving GM cars for so many years. Overall this vehicle is a pleasure to drive and offers a great ride quality. I would recommend that anyone in the market for an SUV give this one considerable thought.
2002 Buick Rendezvous - FWD
Pros: Most 'luxury' optons come standard in base model.
Cons: No power seats in base model
Advice: Consider this SUV if you are looking for a multi-functional vehicle which is not a gas guzzlerIt is a multi-functional vehicle. It rides like a luxury car but has cargo space like an SUV
2002 Oldsmobile Bravada - AWD
Pros: The quite ride.
Cons: The problems that have occurred with the computer.
Advice: It's a fine SUV and I would recommend it over all other SUV's.My purchase on 10/08/2001 has since had 2 occurences of computer problems. The first was with 325 miles on the vehicle and the second is now under repair at the dealer with 1625 miles on it.
2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer - LT 4x4
Pros: Power of the car for mountain driving.
Cons: To new to know
Advice: Drive it first then compare other similar SUV's to it's performanceHandles very will, very responsive on drive to Lake Tahoe. Comfort was great, did not feel tired when I got out of the car