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2002 Nissan Sentra - SE-R Spec V (M6)
Pros: The comfort of the car.
Cons: The back end is too round.
Advice: Make sure you like stick. It's a fun car.I test drove the Spec-V, Honda Civic EX, Saturn LS-2. I did a lot of research on a dozen cars and my final decision was the Spec-V. You go with the better of the two Sentra's for 2002 and you get a better buy. The stereo system is very nice and the handling of the car says it all. The acceleration is much better than the Civic EX, which is a popular car... I still get more people looking my way because it is not a car seen a lot on the streets.
2002 Nissan Altima - 2.5 S (M5)
Pros: styling and performance
Cons: dash center
Advice: excellent car for family and daily commutesMahhhvelous.The 175hp four cyl. engine is surprisingly powerful.Performance and handling are super.More interrior room than Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.Head turning good looks,comfort and horsepower/torque make the car a serious contender.All this for less money than the Camry and Accord.Anyone looking for a midsize four door sedan do yourself a favor and try the Altima.You will be pleasantly surprised.
2002 Nissan Xterra - SE (M5) 4x4
Pros: I love all the accessories and the supercharged engine...price too!
Cons: The gas mileage is low, but that's to be expected.
Advice: Test drive this one last...you'll never go back to the other dealerships.I was looking for a vehicle that could support my active lifestyle. I own a boat and love being outdoors. This SUV emcompasses all the features that I was looking for in a rugged go-anywhere vehicle. It's very roomy, nimble, and with the supercharged engine suprisingly quick. The accessories are what really makes this vehicle special. I can throw all the wetsuits, skis, and tubes on the roof and they are all dry when I get home. All I can say is take it for a test drive. You won't be disappointed!!
2002 Nissan Altima - 3.5 SE (M5)
Cons: problems with electrical and airbag
Advice: do your homework - wait a year too newpurchased 9/2001 had car for 600 miles went into shop for 22 days for airbag module.went in again 1/2002 for same problem. It is still at the dealer. Also ignition noise in radio
2002 Nissan Maxima - SE (M6)
Advice: Compare it with the upper end cars first - then go test drive a Maxima - then you will see how great this car is.I drive a lot of cars throughout the year, if you want a car that is just as good as a Lexus for a lot less money this is your car. You cannot go wrong.
2002 Nissan Altima - 3.5 SE (M5)
Pros: Performance..this car is incredibly quick for its size
Cons: Sunroof operation and associated wind noise
Advice: Take a test drive and be amazed!!At 6'1' I was amazed that the salesman at 6'3' was able to sit behind me, even with the seat all the way back. The spaciousness of the vehicle is tremendous from the interior all the way to the trunk. The vehicle has tremendous power and can get you into the traffice flow quickly and without any effort. The Altima has been redesigned and will definitely be a class leader.
2002 Nissan Maxima - GLE (A4)
Pros: Overall quality
Cons: Front wheel drive and dull appearance
Advice: Bargain aggressively, they are not selling as fast as they would likeIt's always a compromise when you purchase a car, be it price, performance or any of your favorite features. I think 2002 Maxima is a good compromise. The 2004 version is going to be even better with rear wheel drive and added power, but you have to wait for 2 more years. I managed to negotiate for the GLE for $1000 below invoice before the $1000 factory rebate because dealership feared that Maxima will sit in the lot with new design of Altima.