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    2002 Volkswagen Jetta - GLS L (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Egronomic controls

    Cons: Monsoon radio and speakers cannot be simply updated or changed w/o modifications.

    Advice: Listen for rattling noises in the doors (both driver and passenger side).

    Be sure and test drive all models. That way you can determine gas mileage versus pickup. My recommendation is to buy the 1.8 T since it is the best of both. You get pickup when needed as well as very good gas mileage (24 mpg city/30 mpg highway). I would also recommend if you get the 1.8 T get the sport handling package and the 17' wheels.

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    2002 Volkswagen Jetta - GLS L (M5) Sedan

    Pros: 1.8 T engine

    Cons: rattles

    Advice: Test drive first.

    I have had my 2002 1.8T manual for 4 months. So far there has been no problem except some rattles on bumpy road at the drive's and passenge's doors. It's fun to drive, very comfortable, and safe. With the peppy 1.8T engine it accelerates fast. The fuel economy is quite good - so far it averaged 28-30 MPG with mix driving (10% city and 90% highway). I love the car!

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    2002 Volkswagen Jetta - GLS L (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Peppy 1.8T is great! Heated seats are nice.

    Cons: Cupholder location could be better

    Advice: Nice car for the money. Very happy with it.

    Nice solid car for the price. Nice option packages. Drives really well. Virtually no road noise at highway speeds.

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    2002 Volkswagen Jetta - GLS 2.8L (EOP Week 40) (M5) Sedan

    Pros: V6 engine

    Cons: Gas milage is terrible

    Advice: Look into Camry and Accord before buying if you like these cars as well.

    Test drive different models before buying.

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    2002 Lexus SC 430 - Base

    Pros: Smooth operating convertible top - it's a Lexus.

    Cons: My wife doesn't let me drive it often enough.

    Advice: Go for it - you'll never regret it.

    Outstanding vehicle. We have owned M- B, Audi, other Lexus and other quality cars; this one clearly is the best.

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    2002 Volkswagen Jetta - GLS (M5) Sedan

    Pros: One touch power window

    Cons: No leg room behind.

    Advice: Go for Passat if you have to buy VW.

    Very nice and comfortable. Uses less gas than specified.Power window fell three times into the door.

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    2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class - Convertible

    Pros: Beauty. The car is unusually good looking.

    Cons: Space. Cramped even for a convertible.

    Advice: Be sure it fits your needs before you buy it. If it does, you will love it.

    First impression is that there is substance behind the car's incredible beauty. Great engine, brakes, handling. Clever touches with the tilt down in reverse rearview mirror. Good stereo [put the top down, and listen to the engine!]. Smart top mechanism. Little nosedive/tailsquat, body roll is under control. Suspension is well damped and firm. This is a GT, not a sports car. But storage and hauling capacity is in the near sports car range, meaning nearly non-existent. If hauling more than two people is something you do regularly, keep looking, this isn't the car for you. One golf bag is it--you have to meet your playing partner at the course. So consider carefully before committing to a long term relationship. This is a special car, with a distinct personality, in a world with mostly personality-less cars. It will thrill the right owner, but compromising isn't something the CLK does gladly. The backseats are for your briefcase, or a gym bag, or an adult you really don't like. It doesn't squeak and rattle yet, but it probably will. If it doesn't it'll be the first convertible I've spent time in that didn't. But the car is designed to make grins and it does that very well. A sunny day, top down, engine growling, curvy, hilly, smooth road, wow! And if you are stuck in your morning commute, you can dream about a sunny day, top down...you get it. And if traffic is a drag, wait for your opening and jump on it, this car will zoom. It is a gas to drive, it will make you forget about your overdue monthly report. I have an SUV for hauling things, this car is for hauling me. It is one of the most beautiful cars I have ever seen. With the top up, it looks very good--reminiscent of the coupe. With the top down, it's stunningly gorgeous. In my first few days of ownership, I find myself standing in the garage smiling at its lines. It's a pretty thing.