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    2002 Land Rover Freelander - SE

    Pros: 4AWD

    Cons: Lack of pickup

    Advice: ask about the cash purchase discount

    Best vehicle for Michigan snow - better than other 4wd cars. Stability control makes for an effortless drive out of early morning snow covered roads. My favorite car ever - looks good, drives good, good handler. The only negative is the initial head bumping upon entry, but you learn to put your head in first, the rest of the experience is tops.

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    2002 Land Rover Freelander - S

    Pros: Apperance and its a REAL offroading vehicle

    Cons: Hard shifting when acclerating

    Advice: If you want a fast sports car drive, pick a different car

    This is my first car of my own and it is a truley fantastic car. The styling is beautiful but the interior on the base Freelander is too standard for a luxury SUV. But these cars can handle everyday driving but they really love off-roading. This SUV can handle all the bumps and twists in the road except it takes a while to get up to higher speeds.

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    2002 Land Rover Freelander - S

    Pros: the sound system upgrade is a nice option - heated front windshield is awesome

    Cons: poor heating and air conditioning system

    Advice: shop around - check JD Power website for manufacturer's CSI rating

    smooth, quiet ride. ample power. so-so fuel economy. silky-smooth transmission. decent handling for and SUV. capable in rain, snow, and mild off-road conditions

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    2002 Jeep Liberty - Sport 4x2

    Pros: I love the headroom.

    Cons: I hate where the power window buttons are located!

    Advice: Bring a friend to test drive while you ride in the back seat.

    The Liberty glides along on the road. However, the rear passengers nearly bounce through the roof whenever the car goes over a speed bump or pothole. Very bouncy!

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    2003 Ford Escape - XLT Popular (300B) FWD

    Pros: Power assisted drivers seat

    Cons: location of the ignition is too low on the steering column

    Advice: Spend a little more and get the XLT over the XLS

    I've only had my Escape XLT for a couple of weeks and so far I am very happy with it. It looks great and the 3.0 V6 cyl has more power than I thought it would. With 16' OWL tires and cast aluminum wheels, fog lamps, privacy glass, roof rack, rear cargo cover, etc, the XLT is a very good buy.

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    2002 Ford Escape - XLT Premium (420A) 4x4

    Pros: Engine

    Cons: Seating position

    Advice: Don't waste time with the 2 wd model.

    I purchased my Escape in July '02. I am not a fan of SUVs, preferring road hugging sedans or sports cars. My wife wanted to go the SUV route…guess who won! We’ve driven the truck about 9,000 miles since purchase. I have owned many Ford products, including Mustangs and pickups. Here are the positives, based on experience to date: Reliability – Excellent. Only one problem so far. The headlight lense seal failed, allowing water to leak in. The dealer promptly repaired it. Fit and Finish – Excellent. This is not a BMW… you get what you pay for, but this vehicle is well built. No squeaks or rattles. Ride – Excellent. The ride is firm, yet easy on the bones! An overall tight feeling. Good on the highway, good on bumpy roads. Significant improvement over my Ranger 4x4. Space – I know this is not an Expedition, but folding down the rear seats creates ample room for my needs. Much more room than a typical station wagon. Engine – my primary reason for purchasing the Escape is the 24 valve 3.0 liter engine. My ’98 Taurus has the same engine. It’s powerful, smooth, reliable and quiet. I understand this same engine is used in the Lincoln LS. Here are my “Negatives”: Seating position – awkward at best. The seat seems to sit too high. I’m under 6 foot, but my knees hit the steering column. The 6 way power seat helps a little. Ignition switch – It must be that awkwardly positioned steering column again. I have difficulty finding the switch to insert the key. Interior materials – how do you say Ford Fairmont? I know this is a truck, but the abundance of cheap plastic is disappointing. The dash is hard plastic, as are the door panels. The center console and storage compartments are well designed, but I’ve seen better interiors in less expensive cars.

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    2003 Jeep Liberty - Limited Edition 4x2

    Pros: BLACK ON WHITE GAUGES

    Cons: AM-FM-CD PLAYER (CASSETTE OPTIONAL)

    Advice: ACCESSORIZE IT BEFORE YOU PURCHASE IT

    TURNING RADIOUS IS SUPER! PLENTY OF POWER FROM THE V-6. FEELS SAFE AND SECURE DURING SUNNY AND RAINY DRIVING CONDITIONS.