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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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    2/16/2002 8:49:41 PM

    2002 Saturn VUE - 4 CYL (CVT) AWD

    Pros: The cabin is very quiet and auto trans very smooth compared to previous Saturns.

    Cons: Still lacks sufficient legroom for total comfort on long drives. Left foot rests on 'hump' about 4 inches off floorboard (At 6'5' I could use the extra room)

    Advice: Tall buyers beware of legroom (although headroom is more than adequate). You can't get a better sales experience than you get at a Saturn dealership - first class buying experience all the way (the same as it was when I bought my 92).

    What a difference 10 years makes. Trading up from my 1992 SL2 to the 2002 was really a positive experience. Many of the things I disliked about the 92 (engine noise in cabin, vibration, automatic trans shifting hesitation) have been solved. It looks much sportier, is very smooth and fast, and a pleasure to drive. It has the same tight turning and handling that the 92 had. Although its 0-60 time is rated longer than the 92 was, the 02 seems to have better pickup (probably the result of no auto trans hesitation vice the 92).

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    2/16/2002 8:13:17 PM

    2002 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 - 4x2

    Pros: Mid Gate

    Cons: nothing

    Advice: Order a Z66 & Get the seat warmer options. Great for the cold mornings.

    Fell in love with The Avalanche from day one. Rides better and quieter than any vehicle I have owned. Handles great - fits in the same area of the garage that the old Silverado did. Chevy did its homework on this one. Great vehicle!

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    2/16/2002 8:11:12 AM

    2002 Ford Mustang - GT Deluxe (130A) Coupe

    Pros: All out Performance & Handling

    Cons: The Sluggish Stick Shifter

    Advice: JUST DO IT!!! You won't regret it!

    I've been a Crysler,Dodge & Plymouth fan most of my life, I've always liked the looks of the Mustang but that was as far as it went till my ex-wife purchased a 1996 model and let me drive it. I then rented a 2001 6cyl convertable to drive to a Family Reunion and I was sold, a few weeks later I purchased my 2002 Ford Mustang GT Premuim Edition and you don't allow enough room here to tell you how much I 'LOVE' this car. Looks,Comfort,Handling,Performance are unequaled in any previsely owned vehical. And to think I almost purchased a PT Crusier,and if it wasn't for the sneaky underhanded behind the back tactics of Sarasota Chrysler I would have made a 'BIG' mistake, for that I thank them. And to Autoway Ford,Bradenton Fl. I Thank You,for a truly pleasant experience and the 'BEST CAR I'VE EVER OWED!' pmm

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    2/16/2002 5:02:29 AM

    2002 Toyota Avalon - XLS w/Bucket

    Pros: engine/trans response

    Cons: finished appearance of door trim panels

    Advice: inspect your vehicle carefully before buying,make sure details are addressed

    overall response very good..gas mileage met epa specs,,,vehicle quiet ride very good thru 75 m.p.h.,,automatic heater/a/c controls very poor due to hi reflection of daylight reflection,, almost not seeable when bright light reflection shines on window display of settings..takes too much of your time to see where certain settings are and much of the same complaint appies to the sound system settings display.. fine at night with dash lights on but very poor in hi reflective conditions...with abs system brake pedal a little too soft for me..really wonder if the vehicle will stop in time..i have an xls version 2001,, finish very good except for all 4 door trim leather panels,, poor mold while being formed in manufacturing has left raised edges around power window/door lock contols,,looks poor,, toyota inspected and laughed at it and said no help.$36,000 and laughed and said no help!!!what a joke on me...customer satisfaction didn't apply just save the warranty money on replacing the door trim panels...the district service mgr. made that decision on the spot...

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    2/16/2002 4:10:27 AM

    2002 Dodge Durango - R/T 4x4

    Pros: Torque ! and plenty of it

    Cons: Thirsty but oh well I knew that going in.

    Advice: Fits in the garage do i need to say more???

    Great all around SUV.

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    2/15/2002 5:20:02 PM

    2002 Chrysler Sebring - LXi Sedan

    Pros: INTERIOR LAYOUT AND WORKMANSHIP

    Cons: LOW GRADE CARPETING AND FLOOR MATS

    Advice: WORTH THE LOOK AND DRIVE THIS VEHICLE

    EXCELLENT QUALITY AND FINISH IN THIS CAR.THE OVERALL QUALITY OF LEATHER AND INSTRUMENTAION ARE FLAWLESS. NONE OF THAT 'PLASTIC' LOOKING DASH OR KNOBS ON THIS VEHICLE. VERY HIGH CLASS AND SOPHISTICATED.

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    2/15/2002 4:52:14 PM

    2002 Hyundai Sonata - LX (M5)

    Pros: The stereo/cd player/cassette (leather seats are nice also)

    Cons: A little underpowered. The 3.5L would be a nice option.

    Advice: Great buy

    Altough the Sonata is not a BMW, it will impress most people. And the value is outstanding. Where else can a customer find all the options and styling found in the 2002 Sonata and a '$0' deductable-10 year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty.