2002 Jaguar X-Type - 2.5L (M5)
Cons: Real (?) wood trim looks and feels like plastic
Advice: If you're concerned about Jag's rep for mechincal problems as I was (am), Lease it. All servicing comes with it along with a comprehesive AAA like roadside assistance pacage.I've had my X-type for 3 months. equipped with 3L engine/auto, Luxury and Weather packages. It handles like a sports car with all the comforts and amenities of a luxury sedan. It's a joy to drive on back roads (every bit as fun as my old Triumph Spitfire used to be). However, it is equally good on the expressways. Plenty of power especially at the high end and at the low end too if you hit the 'S' button (neat for leaving tailgaters in the dust). Safety features especially the side impact & curtain air bags front and back give a sense of security. Anxious to try out the all wheel drive and traction control in the snow. This is my first Jag and it is everything I'd hoped it would be
2002 Infiniti I35 - Base
Pros: It is loaded with toys and conveniences.
Advice: buy it.The car handles beautifully especially over rough pavement and corners tightly. It is especially quiet on the highway (I assume the 17 inch wheels have something to do with this) and the seats are very comfortable. all the controls are well placed and easily operated. The 250 HP engine provides for a quick pickup and effortless driving.
2002 Mercedes-Benz M-Class - Base
Pros: My favorite feature on the 2002 ML500 is the new exterior designing and the re-done dash. It looks great! There is more wood, and more chrome, which makes it look all the more classy.
Cons: My least favorite feature would have to be the back of the car, it seems a bit bland, Other than that it looks great!
Advice: If you choose to buy the 2002 ML500, get the GPS screen, you wont regret it.Last September, I purchased a new mercedes C320 for myself. My daughter just graduated high school with outstanding grades, so I decided it was time for her to get a car. After a few weeks she decided on the new ML500. At first I wasnt sure that I wanted my 17 and a half year old daughter to have a car 12,000 dollars more expensive than mine! But my wife, daughter, and I went to the Mercedes Dealership 3 days ago, to look for the ML500. In the back they had one with a Capri Blue exterior, and grey leather, with the burled wood trim. The car had the chrome side steps, sun roof, wood and leather steering wheel, and my favorite...the navigational system. I could tell that my daughter instantly fell inlove. We test drove the car. It runs alot better than the 1999 ML320. The acceleration, braking, and turning have been greatly improved. This ML500 did not have the parktronic system in it though...which I think is something that my daughter will need. She has a tendancy to not concentrate when she is behind the wheel. I ended up purchasing this vehicle. Have only driven my daughters car around a few times (actually my car) But from what I can tell...Its a great car!
2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class - C230 Coupe
Pros: THE SUNROOF, you have to see it to believe it.
Cons: Rear styling could be better.
Advice: Get the Pan. sunroof and leather (C5 pakage)I am a diehard Volkswagon nut. However when I first saw this car I feel in love. Plain and simple, It was just fun to drive. I had to have it. The one thing I don't like about it is the wait to own one. If you order the leather, which is the only way to go, be prepared to wait, and wait, and wait.
2002 Acura RSX - Base (M5)
Pros: Luxury dealer
Cons: Harsh Ride
Advice: Perfect small coupeGreat small car. Handles very well. Lots of scoot. A bit too much road noise comes in thru the chassis. Ride is a bit harsh, but for a sporty car it's OK. Great automatic climate control. Great stereo. Not at all 'buzzy' for a four-banger.
2002 Lexus SC 430 - Base
Pros: Lexus quality in a sports car
Advice: Go for itFUN_FUN_FUN I love it
2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class - C230 Coupe
Pros: scrolling dash information, safety features
Cons: smallish engine
Advice: Ask about all the features and prices before you end negotiationsSafe and stylish. Everything you expect from a Mercedes.