Used Sedans Ratings
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2002 Subaru Outback - H6-3.0 L.L. Bean Edition (A4) Wagon
Pros: The silent and turbine smooth Boxer-6 engine
Cons: The fact that the seat heaters are all or nothing
Advice: Get the H6-3.0; this car needs the power.This wagon can accomodate 5 people, their luggage, and skis for a week-long ski trip. It is exceptionally smooth, well built, and quiet. The H-6 is an exceptional engine that is superior to it's eupropean compition. GM should use Subaru's engines in it's Saab line. I can only imagine it as a Saab Turbo. Overall the Subaru is a better car the Volvo, and it's all-wheel drive system is technically superior to both the Audi and Volvo. This is a great family car, and I would recomend it to and SUV owner as well. Way to go GM for buying Fugi Heavy Industry.
2002 Mitsubishi Galant - LS V6
Pros: The body styling looks like no other car on the road. It looks like a luxury sedan for a fraction of the price
Cons: I wish the rear seat folded down instead of just having a pass-through
Advice: I have had no problems with the car. I would recommend this car to anyone looking for a sedan with tons of standard features and a decent price tag. I got a higher model Galant, so obviously paid more for it, but the DE starts around only $17,000!The Galant is very comfortable to drive. The ride is smooth and quiet, and the 8-way power, leather seats are soft and supple. The Galant feels safe and well-built, even when traveling on highways at high speeds. My husband owned a 1998 Honda Accord EX V6 coupe and it had nothing on the Galant...and he paid $2500 more.
2002 Buick Regal - LS
Pros: smooth engine and transmission
Cons: climate control
Advice: purchase with touring packagehandling, stopping and ride quality better than average. Paint smooth deep gloss. seats are comfortable in fron and back ..and roomy.; Trunk is large with easy access.Touring package improves ride and handling.
2002 Nissan Altima - 2.5 S (M5)
Pros: Exterior looks
Cons: Defects, cheap interior feel
Advice: Wait a couple of years before buying, inspect CAREFULLY when buying for defectsThis will be the car you love to hate, and hate to love. Good power, good handling, great looks. But lookout for the defects: radio static from ignition coil, thumping sound from gas tank, and the engine makes a fairly loud vibration sound in gear between 2500-3500RPM when cold. These problems have been only partially addressed by Nissan. Interior is comfortable, but plain and has a slightly 'cheap' feel. I would wait a couple of years to buy this model...
2003 Pontiac Vibe - GT FWD
Pros: handling and comfort
Cons: I haven't found anything yet.
Advice: test drive and enjoyThe moment I sat behind the wheel I knew this was the car for me. It's very comfortable and handles great. The sound system and roominess make it a pleasure to drive. I've owned my Vibe for a month now, and did have a scare. About three weeks after purchasing my Vibe it wouldn't idle. I took it to the dealership and there was a small glitch in the computer system that had to be reset. Since then it has run fine. I was expecting maybe something like that would happen in a brand new model. I would still reccommend this car to anyone. It's a great ride.
2002 Nissan Altima - 2.5 S (M5)
Pros: The style of the car
Cons: The trunk hinges
Advice: Skip the Accord, Camary, and all the others. Nissan scored big with this car.This car is the quickest four cylinder that I have ever had the privilege of driving. The car handles great, and is comfortable. I would recommend that you keep your money and get the 2.5 S with the convince package or the 2.5 SL. Skip the basic Altima, because the extras give it class.
2002 Nissan Maxima - SE (M6)
Cons: Questionable rear end styling
Advice: Price compare at the dealerships. I had 3 bidding for me.I love this car. I've had it about 6 months and it's great. It is the second Maxima SE I've owned. The first being a '92. Before the '02 came out I had my heart set on a Acura TL Type S. With the new refinements to the Maxima SE I think it's a better car. More room, equal power and a lower price. I'm 6'6' and I have plenty of room. It's a great car.