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Used Sports Cars Ratings

Getting firsthand information from an actual car owner is one sure way to get an idea of car performance once it leaves the lot. Autobytel features real consumer reviews that give the unbiased experience of a car.

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    11/18/2001 9:07:06 AM

    2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Sedan

    Pros: AWD with tons of torque

    Cons: Vehicle seems less stable @ +110mph due - could be solved w/suspension upgrade

    Advice: Skip carbon fiber trim and get the suspension upgrade + performance muffler

    I replaced my 1998 Honda Prelude Type SH with this vehicle and never looked back. The straight line acceleration is incredible with minimal engine noise (unlike the Prelude VTEC)...and the AWD allows me an additional 10-20 mph cornering speed on my favorite roads. It is also a very friendly day-to-day driver...easy to get in and out of, 4 doors, large trunk, etc. Acquire one if you have the means. I cannot wait to drive it everyday!!

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    11/13/2001 7:07:45 PM

    2002 Honda Civic - EX (M5) Sedan

    Pros: The moonroof and cruise control (a must have for me)

    Cons: The small-car

    Advice: Do your online research first.

    This car handles very well. The ride is rougher than I was used to but then I was currently driving a larger car and used to a smoother ride. However, I enjoyed the test drive so much I bought it!

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    11/12/2001 9:58:12 AM

    2002 Volkswagen GTI - L (M5)

    Pros: INTERIOR ROOM

    Cons: Outside mirrors should be enlarged

    Advice: Buy it before the price goes up

    Kudos 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!

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    11/6/2001 5:38:08 AM

    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.

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    11/5/2001 7:05:58 PM

    2002 Acura RSX - Base (M5)

    Pros: Luxury dealer

    Cons: Harsh Ride

    Advice: Perfect small coupe

    Great 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.

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    10/27/2001 6:59:15 AM

    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 negotiations

    Safe and stylish. Everything you expect from a Mercedes.

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    10/14/2001 8:14:37 AM

    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.