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2002 Nissan Sentra - SE-R Spec V (M6)
Pros: the engine
Cons: The fact that it was four door not two door
Advice: check out the red it looks that bestThe drive was cumforatble but yet starteling when i think of sporty imports i think of two door. but
2002 Acura TL - Base
Pros: The cumulative quality of the car
Cons: The in rear window antenna's lack of reception power
Advice: You MUST seriously consider this vehicle before you buy anything else in its class!I love the ride of this vehicle! I'm not a speed demon, but I love knowing I have all that horsepower and torque available whenever I feel the urge. I've seen and heard lots of reviews from car magazines, television auto programs and such, but I have gotten an extreme amount of complements about the looks of this car - even from people who were driving Lexus' and BMW's! Everything about this vehicle is choice! Resale value, maintenance costs, insurance costs - all these things are superior relative to other vehicles in its class Sure, you can find some faults with it (gas mileage isn't what was advertised, antenna placed in rear windshield lacks adequate reception power and the tires could/should definitely be wider) but overall, this is my first, and probably not my last, TL....P.S. and even not getting the Type S or Navi options doesn't diminish this vehicle in the least!
2002 Toyota Camry - LE (M5)
Pros: THE SMOVE RIDE
Cons: LOVE EVERYTHING
Advice: GET THIS CAR BUT JUST DON'T GET IT IN BLUE BECAUSE THAT IS MY COLORIT IS NOT VERY FAST BUT THAT IS NOT THE WHAT THE CAMARY IS MADE FOR GO GET A PORSCHE IF YOU WANT A FAST CAR. THE INSIDE IS VERY BIG. THE SOUND SYSTEM IS GREAT. I LOVE THE RIDE. THE GAS MILEAGE IS GREAT.
2002 Mitsubishi Diamante - LS (A4)
Pros: Power, ride and handling.
Cons: Cup holders.
Advice: Don't write the Diamante off without driving it.Over all, I am very pleased with the Diamante. The engine has plenty of power to make driving this 'family car' exciting. I find the ride and handling to be exceptional, even on icy roads, and the heated seats (part of the winter driving package) make those early morning commutes bearable. The interior of the car is well designed. Visibility is good with no real blind spots, and the sound system is more than adequate. Four “good sized” (I am over 6 foot and weigh 260 lbs.) adults fit comfortably inside. The leather seats, moon roof and programmable remote system (for garage doors and gates) are also very nice additions that come standard with the LS. While I have not owned my Diamante long enough to comment on reliability, a colleague of mine has had one for 5 years and it is still going strong (having survived two teenage drivers) with over 138,000 miles. He liked his so well, he bought one for his wife. My only complaints are minor. The cup holders stink. Anything larger than a small cup of coffee does not fit securely anywhere. Also, the remote controls for the stereo are not very convenient to use. I find it easier to use the knobs on the radio. Finally, while the Diamante is very sleek looking, I personally like the curb appeal of the Audi and Lexus better(however, not enough to justify the extra cost). I looked at the Lexus ES 300, Audi A6, Toyota Camry and the Mercedes M class. While you cannot go wrong with any of these cars, in my opinion, you get the most bang for your buck with the Diamante. In reaching this conclusion, I did take into consideration the fact that the resale on the Diamante will, in all likelihood, not be as good as it would be for the other models. However, I tend to own my cars for many years and to drive them into the ground. As a result, resale value was not as important to me. Also, the zero percent financing offered by Mitsubishi was hard to beat. If your ego can handle having to repeatedly respond to “Diamante, who makes that?,” a question rarely asked if you buy any of the other cars I considered, the Diamante is well worth a look.
2002 Volkswagen Jetta - GLS 2.8L (EOP Week 40) (M5) Sedan
Pros: the V6 engine
Cons: the gas milage
Advice: Beware of the gas milage claimsThis is a truely comfortable car to drive. I've owned the 4 cylinder also and the V6 is much smoother and quieter and plenty powerful. The fit and finish are excellent, although I have had some problems that are a little concerning to me such as the passenger window falling into the door, and the springs under both seats falling out. Minor, but irritating. The biggest surprise has been that the car does no better than 278 miles on a tank of gas, far short of what was claimed. I drive 148 miles each way to work, and have not gotten 300 miles from a tank yet.
2002 Audi A4 - T (M5) quattro Sedan
Cons: The time delay between volume and chanel preset. You have to wait for the volume function to clear before you can switch the chanels.
Advice: Buckle upThis car is truly a work of art. It drives great, and it's a head turner.
2002 Nissan Maxima - GLE (A4)
Advice: check this out, you will be surprisedThe Nissan Maxima is definitely a great vehicle. For drivers looking for the comfort, conveinance and performance of a high end vehicle without the high end price this is the best. I purchased a 2001 Nissan Maxima GLE about a year ago. I have never been happier with any car than I have with this one. The Maxima looks very stylish, the vehicle rides very smoothly, performance is outstanding. The controls are easily accessable and front and rear seat comfort is impressive. The rear seat heaters can only be utilized when the front ones are on. Trunk space is generous and steering wheel mounted radio/cruise control buttons are convenient. I also installed aftermarket Stillen air intake which boosted the performance and sound. When purchasing this vehicle, make sure to see the dealer invoice, so you have a price to work off. When considering a mid size sedan, definitely check this one out!