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2002 Ford Expedition - Eddie Bauer 4x2
Cons: hard ride
Advice: good buygood hard working truck. good workmanship, no mechanical probelms in 5 years. hard ride but it is expected in a 3/4 ton.
2002 Oldsmobile Bravada - AWD
Pros: Heated seatbacks separate from the seat bottom and lumbar supports.
Cons: Standard Alloy Wheels are a little drab and chrome costs $2400. Standard Radio is worthless.
Advice: You will love it. The Bose radio is a must, the standard radio stinks.Solid and competent. Engine is smooth as silk and totally responsive. Has virtually every amenity of any Mercedes or BMW I have ever owned. The interior is tastefully designed and reeks of elegance and good taste.
2002 Jeep Liberty - Sport 4x4
Advice: Really compare apples with apples before you buyTest drove vehicle, it rides stiff and just a slight bit better than old jeep. The cargo area is small with back seats up, tire is mounted dead center on rear door which makes it difficult to place items in vehicle with flip glass up especially for someone who is not to tall. Has a good engine, very simple interior. After you add all the non standard features, the overall cost of the vehicle is over priced as compared to others. Unfortunately dealers are marking up the vehicle over the MSRP by as much as $3,000 or more, all I can say is remember the Mazda Miata when they came out and now you can't give them away. In the end I chose to purchase a Hyundai Santa Fe SUV, better bargin, warranty, features and ride.
2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer - LTZ 4x4
Pros: Bose Premium Sound System
Cons: Running Boards
Advice: Test drive one ASAP!I have owned a 4Runner, Explorer, Blazer and Tahoe SUV's and the TrailBlazer is by far the best of them all! Quiet, smooth, car-like ride; 270hp that absolutely flies. This vehicle has more features/options/gadgets on it than a Cadillac or Lexus. QUALITY-You've got to test drive one for yourself!
2002 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport - (M5)
Pros: all wheel drive
Cons: the price was a bit steep
Advice: Drive it!The outback had great power! It's comfortable,elegant and handles easily.It is a great combination of luxury car and SUV.
2002 Ford Explorer - XLS 4x4
Pros: handling characteristic
Cons: grab handle on front passenger side
Advice: I think its an excellent choiceAcceleration from an on ramp to highway speeds somewhat sluggish with the air conditioner turned on. The back window rattles on bumpy roads. This model does not have cross bars for the roof rack. Overall, I'm pleased with appearance,roomy interior space and driveability. Extraordinarily stable in most all driving conditions...side winds, 18 wheelers passing, roundabouts, quick turns. An improved and pleasant driving experience from the older model Explorers.
2002 GMC Envoy - SLT 4x4
Advice: wait a year before you buy this onegood performance and ride for the first 600 miles then it was recalled I have been with out it for 10 days and GM can't tell me how long it will take to fix it