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    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.

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    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 guzzler

    It is a multi-functional vehicle. It rides like a luxury car but has cargo space like an SUV

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    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.

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    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 performance

    Handles very will, very responsive on drive to Lake Tahoe. Comfort was great, did not feel tired when I got out of the car

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    2002 Lincoln Navigator - 4x4

    Pros: RIDE/POWER

    Cons: CENTER CONSOL TAKES UP TOO MUCH ROOM

    Advice: TRY THR EXPEDITION FIRST

    BIG POWERFULL AND GENERALLY SPACIOUS ALTHOUGH CENTER CONSOLE TAKES UP A LOT OF HIP ROOM. DETAIL ITEMS; DOOR FIT,PAINT ETC DOESN'T MATCH UP TO HIGH STANDARD IMPORTS

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    2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Sedan

    Pros: AWD with tons of torque

    Cons: Vehicle seems less stable @ +110mph due - could be solved w/suspension upgrade

    Advice: Skip carbon fiber trim and get the suspension upgrade + performance muffler

    I replaced my 1998 Honda Prelude Type SH with this vehicle and never looked back. The straight line acceleration is incredible with minimal engine noise (unlike the Prelude VTEC)...and the AWD allows me an additional 10-20 mph cornering speed on my favorite roads. It is also a very friendly day-to-day driver...easy to get in and out of, 4 doors, large trunk, etc. Acquire one if you have the means. I cannot wait to drive it everyday!!

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    2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Base

    Pros: outward appearance

    Cons: interior arrangement is tight

    Advice: be small people and have a sense of humor about being passed on hills

    Desperately needs more power and a two door model why the stodgy 15hp when it would be so easy to add the 25 horses needed to keep up with the appearance of a flashy new car? The option to have a two door is a big one for me to few single people cars on the market today this is a stylish car but as a slow starting four door it is strictly for the family and elderly set too bad it really is a head turner