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2002 Honda Accord - 3.0 EX w/Leather (A4) Sedan
Pros: sun roof
Cons: nothing really. I love it
Advice: own it for a long time, it'll pay off in the long run.Smooth and quiet. Bought at Honda World in Orange County, excellent price. We got the full, tricked out model with mud flaps, spoiler, wheel locks, etc. It still cost less than the MSRP base model.
2002 Ford Taurus - SES Standard (300A) Sedan
Pros: Comfortable ride, stylish looks
Cons: Power antenna not available
Advice: Test drive it, you'll love itA pleasure to drive. Vehicle drives and handles very impressively. Quiet ride, very responsive acceleration. Great sound system.
2002 Volkswagen Passat - GLS (M5) FWD Sedan
Pros: tightness of the car
Cons: Turbo noise from the engine
Advice: Drive it on an open road to check out the noise levelIt's a great car...just too noisy. The turbo makes the engine sound loud.
2002 Pontiac Grand Prix - GT Coupe
Pros: Monsoon Stereo System
Cons: Cup holders are well located, but feel a little weak.
Advice: GMAC has some terrific lease programs. Don't be afraid to lease instead of buying.I decided I wanted a change from my 1995 GMC Sierra 4x4, and went in search of something sportier. The aggressive styling and classic lines of the 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix GT caught my eye right away, and the test drive was nothing short of exhilirating. Six cylinders of pure power set me back into my seat as we zoomed down the entrance ramp to the highway. Steering was responsive without being sloppy, and the handling was as smooth as it was impressive. Dual climate controls make the ride that much more comfortable for both the driver and the passenger, and the Monsoon stereo system fills the cabin with top quality sound. The sleek GT styling draws attention wherever it goes, and the position and design of the power moonroof provides a nice air flow without mussing a single hair. This car has all the attitude of it's cousin, the Firebird, without the rough sportscar ride and without drawing too much attention from the folks with the radar guns. There's plenty of room for passengers in the back, and the cavernous trunk will accomodate lots of luggage for that weekend road trip. A great value, this car is a must drive for anyone looking for a little excitment without sacrificing practicality.
2002 Acura TL - Base
Pros: Memory positions of seats and mirrors for two drivers.
Cons: Tilt wheel needs to tilt up more. Can't clean rear inside glass easily, esp. behind rear stoplight.
Advice: Check for 3 recalls about seat belts.Handles very well. Accelerates easily with ample power. Accelerator is sensitive to foot pressure. Some wind noise with sunroof open at highway speeds.
2002 Pontiac Grand Am - GT Sedan
Pros: I love my sunroof!!
Cons: high truck deck,, have to lift cargo too high
Advice: test drive and if you like it,, buy, buy, buyIt handles wonderful, very responsive engine, great braking and smooth stops.. good visibility,, great sunroof and good trunk space which is even better once back seats or one is folded down,, if you can take advantage of this,. trunk deck is too high,, have to lift cargo too high to place in trunk,, a drawback,, great styling with performance and great family sedan or flashy for the single person,, love it and would buy one again,, great gas mileage,, Ed,,, SeaGrey@worldnet.att.att
2002 Saturn S-Series - SL2 (M5) Sedan
Pros: Its known reliability and good value for its price range.
Cons: Wide turning circle and several little things are just not thought out.
Advice: I Like it, but perhaps wait to see the redesigned 2003 S-Series.It is a good car for the money. I thought the SL2 was a better value than the SL1 when you upgrade the SL1 to Auto, A/C, and Option Pkg. My car had two sample defects. One broken air vent fascia and a rattle that went away (probably a broken piece from the vent fascia). The car is comfortable, handles well, and has enough power when you step on the gas. Dealer handled transaction quickly and I was able to switch cars four times and walk around unattended -- during the sale -- all I needed. The car if reasonably well designed, though my very old Honda Civic still had a lot of usability/design features that were better thought out. Like why does the lower part of the trunk latch have to stick up? I tear stuff on it all the time. Why not recessed? And the tire jack and tire are a pain to get out, use, and put back. I was amazed, though, that Saturn stands by their 30 money-back guarantee. People regularly come up and ask about my Saturn and tell me of either their, or someone they know, experience of what a good, reliable car it is.