2002 Volkswagen GTI - L (M5)
Pros: INTERIOR ROOM
Cons: Outside mirrors should be enlarged
Advice: Buy it before the price goes upKudos to VW for making a compact and roomy auto that is fun to drive. I am 6'3' tall and I have plenty of head, sholder and leg room. The car has plenty of cargo room. Acceleration and handeling performance are outstanding for any vehicle, particularly one priced less than $25,000. I have never owned a VW befor, so long as VW continues to provide this kind of quality and value, I will be a loyal customer!
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.
2002 Acura RSX - Type S (M6)
Pros: The Vehicles design and power.
Cons: There is nothing you really dislike, but as I stated above, I do miss the accoustic base in the stereo.
Advice: Awesome, awesome, awesome. If you can spare a little bit more in your budget, this is a must get car!While my last four vehicles have been either Honda or Acura from my 93 Prelude Si, 94 Integra, 97 Prelude and now my 2002 RSX-S, I never thought I could be more pleased. But again, were talking Honda. This RSX-S has to be the best affordable sports car on the market. The power with which it is equipped with is a huge improvement over my 97 Prelude. I cannot get over the low end and high end power and accelaration. Getting used to a 6 speed is a little different for those 5 gear folks like myself but, now I wouldn't trade it for the world. The ride is extremely smooth, the controls are big and right at finger tips. The in-dash 6 CD changer and the Bose stereo system have terrific sound, although I do miss the big bass Accoustic sound my 97 Prelude had but, the system is still very clear and has good bass with the subwoofer surrouned by the spare tire. The seats are very comfortable leather with plenty of leg room (front and back). The look of the car is a very sharp, fast and impressive style, especially if you get the underbody spoiler kit for an additional $2000, but well worth it. Trunk space is huge and there is a cover to hide your goodies when at a store. The four year/50,000 mile warranty is another perk of Acura. This is an all around great luxury/sports car for those of us not yet able to purchase a Porshe.
2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class - C320 Sedan
Pros: The way the console is set up, everything is with in a short arm's reach! And the voice automated radio, telephone, and air temperate is a great feature in this unique Mercedes-Benz.
Cons: The thing that I was disappointed in was, the leg room in the back seats. It can fit children comfortably, but it wouldnt suit an adult that was back there, especially in long road trips.
Advice: I strongly recommend the new Mercedes-Benz C-320 to any buyers on the Market. You get alot for only 37,000 dollars. Dont pass up this chance!On September 4th 2001, I went to the local Mercedes-Benz dealership here in Fresno, California. I saw a rather unique, smooth looking Mercedes. I walked around the car, and noticed all the fine detail, and work that has been put into it. This car was a 2002 Mercedes-Benz C320, it was white, with beige leather, and a fine looking wood trim. It didnt take much to flag down one of the dealership salesman. He insisted that I sit in the front seat. I didnt waist anytime, what-so-ever. I got in the car, and felt the soft leather. The interior was outstanding. Well, not as outstanding as it's relative the S-500. But for a 34,000 - 40,000 dollar car...The interior was great. After I was done admiring the car. I asked to test drive it. So that salesman went and got the keys for the car. The engine hardly makes a sound when you start it up. The sales man drove the car off the lot, and on to the road. It was almost like I was floating on a cloud, the ride was so smooth. After we had gone down the street, the salesman got out, and let me in the driver seat. I started up the engine, and gently started to drive off. The car handles very well. It handles every turn with little effort at all. This car also feels so strong and sturdy. If you want the feeling of safety, this is the car to get. This interior isnt roomy, but it is roomy enough that you are comfortable. It is a very cozy car, and you will enjoy driving it. After my fun was over, it was time to go back to the dealership. And I didnt want to waist any time. I ended up buying the car that day. My wife loves it...It seems like she drives it more often than I do!