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Cons: space saver spare tire
Advice: Be prepared for a great driving and ownership experience.This is a 'Type-S' Acura. In 39 years of driving, this is the most impressive car I have had. Included in that list were the muscle cars of the 1960's, Datsun 240-Z's and Mazda RX-7's, Nissan and Toyota products, American luxury cars (GM and Ford), BMW (5 series), Volvo's (164's, 760's, S-80's), etc. I am approching 12,000 on this 2002, Type-S, I have had zero problems, not even a squeak, that's the first time I can say that in 39 years. The power band of this little 3.2 liter engine is remarkable, the exterior and interior fit and finish are flawless, the headlight system turns night to day, no gimicks, everything is well designed and executed. Price this car against the competition and you will discover and amazing value for your dollars. If you enjoy driving, this is a car that you sho
Pros: Re-designed speed dials and tachometer
Cons: A little too much plastic for the interior
Advice: Make sure you test drive a bunch of other cars first, then drive the new 2002 Altima... you'll love it. I sure do!The 2.5S with the 5 speed manual transmission handles very nicely at all speeds. Only disappointment is the shifting feels alittle 'clunky'. Overall, the new Altima is one HUGE improvement over previous year models.
Pros: EXTERIOR DASHBOARD TAIL LIGHTS COMFORT
Cons: TO MUCH OUTSIDE AIR NOISE FROM DOORS
Advice: TESE DRIVE. YOU BE THE JUDGEGREAT EXCELERATION HORSEPOWER TO BURN
Pros: style and responsiveness
Cons: no cassette
Advice: it's a great choiceI am unhappy with the absence of a cassette.It's available on the Infinity line. I noticed the window and door lock controls are lit at night but the controls(mode, volume,trip,cruise,coast and cancel)on the steering wheel are not lit. Did the engineers forget something ? Has anyone seen a broken, limping side view mirror lately ? Costly isn't it ? Why not have break-away(able to snap forward and back without breakage) side view mirrors ??
Pros: The 3800 engine .. none better
Cons: ... can't think of anything ....
Advice: This is a proven car with the best V6 drivetrain made.This was the car I was going to buy ... if I didn't buy the Rendezvous ... I test drove a few LeSabres .. very nice ride ... smooth ... quiet ... powerful... The 3800 engine I now is the closest thing you can get to a V8 ... I have two other 3800 engines in my driveway ...one is 11 years old and the other is 10 years old and the engines are original and running better than most new engines .. it is very smoothe quiet and powerfull ...and durable. The ride of the LeSabre is superior to the Rendezvous but I like sitting up high and the room of the Rendezvous ... .. I would recommend the LeSabre to anyone who wants a proven car that will last ... and not rust out like most foreign cars and is safe... ........ also ..... you will put a lot more Americans to work.
Cons: large blind spot(big C-pillar and rear head rest)
Advice: test drive and experience the quattro technologyThis is my first Audi and quattro vehicle. I thought Audi did great job with styling of 2000-2001 model but I am impressed more with 2002 model style. Drive very solid, quiet and very luxurious. Quattro handles like a champ in the rain, no other can much that. There seem to be one second lag when you step on the pedal, then with sudden acceleration. I love the fold out side mirror, drawer under the front seat and automatic sunshade option.
Pros: Bose Six CD In-Dash Changer
Cons: Shocks are a bit stiff
Advice: Opt for the ABS option with side curtain airbags and tracion control.Eventhough I tried to remain a loyal owner of Honda vehicles, my last car being a '95 Civic, I decided to take a chance and go with the new Nissan Altima. I did consider the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry which was comparable in size and features, but the style, power, luxury, and additional features of the Altima won me over. It's been over a month and so far I've been very happy with this car. The power of the 240-HP V6 is phenomenal, especially when I was use to driving a 102-HP 4-cylinder Civic. Even after a test drive of the new Accord V6, the Altima still has an edge of 40 horses. The ride, for the most part has been smooth, but when going over the occasional bumps and potholes, the shocks are a bit stiff. The handling is downright amazing, especially when merging with highway traffic or changing lanes. The sleek, new design of the car is a perfect balance of a luxury sedan and a sports car. The aerodynamic shape from the low profile headlamps to the stylish round tail lamps, is a creative departure from the mundane and dated look of many other sedans in it's class. Of course, the new Toyota Camry finally has a fresh, new design, but still not as dramatic as the Altima. The interior is very sleek and comfortable. They went with a minimalist design scheme that looks sporty, ergonomic, and extremely functional. All the controls are within easy reach and very intuitive. If that wasn't enough, the steering wheel controls for the audio and trip computer give you more functionality then similar controls on the Honda Accord's steering wheel. The Bose Six CD in-dash changer is definitely a 'kick ass' system. There's no cassette deck but who needs one these days. The ABS with side curtain airbags and traction control were part of an option package which is well worth the money for added safety. ABS comes standard on the Accord but without the extras I mentioned. I think my only major complaint is that many of the extra features require you to buy certain other options (i.e. you have to get the leather interior in order to get the automatic climate control). I opted for the traditional cloth interior which isn't too bad as long as you don't mind cleaning the car more often. One thing would have been nice is the option of a DVD Navigation system like the new Maxima, but perhaps they'll offer it future models. Maybe, they just needed to add something to the Maxima so that it didn't get lost in the limelight of the Altima. I've actually had people on the street come up to me to tell me what a great looking car it is and how they're thinking of getting one. I've even seen people taking a peek at my car while it's parked at a restaurant. I've never had anyone do that before! That kinda tells you what a great car this is. Despite the reputation and high resale value of the Honda and Toyota, I don't think you would get the same kinda reaction for their sedans.