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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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    8/15/2001 6:20:02 AM

    2002 Jeep Liberty - Limited Edition 4x2

    Pros: THE RADIO CONTROLS ON THE BACK OF THE STEERING WHEEL

    Cons: THEY DON'T COME WITH STEPS

    Advice: IF YOU WANT TO BE NOTICED THIS IS THE TRUCK FOR YOU

    I LOVE MY NEW LIBERTY THE HANDLING IS GREAT THE RIDE IS COMFY AND THE LOOK IS VERY DIFFERENT . ALTHOUGH I DID NOT GET A GREAT DEAL ON THE LIBERTY IT IS WELL WORTH THE MONEY I'M ONLY DISSAPOINTED THEY DIDN'T OFFER THE SUNROOF THIS EARLY .

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    8/7/2001 6:58:05 PM

    2002 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 - 4x4

    Pros: Panels, compartments, windows, compartments, pickup bed, compartments

    Cons: feels heavy

    Advice: if you want the creature comforts of a suburban, buy one --

    Hello from Fairfax Virginia, home to more SUVs per capita than anywhere in the nation (although terrain is relatively flat, and no snow to speak of). I've owned Suburbans, Expeditions, and one Isuzu diesel PU, and the Avalanche is the 'Reanimator' version (remember the movie?) of all three. Although only 3100 GVW, the Avalanche feels exceedingly heavy, in that it is based on the Suburban platform. However, it is very comfortable, and doesn't have that F250 feel that the Expedition has. Cool features, although I am concerned about the seal between the PU bed and the passenger compartment -- a great idea, but I think I'll wait a year before I spring for one - as a yuppie with a big yard, the Suburban/PU combination is intriguing, and, there aren't many on the road.

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    8/7/2001 1:40:18 PM

    2002 Jeep Liberty - Limited Edition 4x2

    Pros: Door locks at 15mph

    Cons: Ride was a little bouncy, but it is a truck after all. I was just used to the feel of my Honda Accord. I have since gotten used to the ride and find it to be comparable to my Chevy Blazer.

    Advice: Drive the Cherokee first then the Liberty. This will give you an appreciation of how much jeep has improved the ride of the vehicle.

    Drives as good as the Honda CRV or Toyota Rav4, and the engine has more guts.

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    7/27/2001 11:05:39 AM

    2002 Toyota Corolla - S (M5)

    Pros: The daytime light

    Cons: The exterior/interior style.

    Advice: If you don't feel bored with the look, this will be a great car.

    I haven't driven one yet, but I used to go with my friend for a test drive (My friend tested it). I really like this car, but I feel bored with the exterior and interior because it is somewhat new. Unlike Corolla in USA, I have seen 2002 Corolla in Asia, and it looks nicer because it is completely changed both Interiors and exterior.

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    7/25/2001 6:03:29 AM

    2002 Jeep Liberty - Sport 4x4

    Pros: High view of the road

    Cons: obstructive view when backing up/decreased cargo space

    Advice: Test drive the 2001 Cherokee and run with the incentives

    It drives like a truck, bouncy and stiff. View of the road is similar to the Ram, a higher view to look at traffic ahead. Backing up is difficult due to the high seat backs that prevent a clear view behind. Overall look reminds me of the old Isuzu Trooper with a shorter body. It is a far cry from the sleek appearance of the Cherokee. Cargo space is limited, and the high floor decreases the height of space. The steering wheel is tight and obstructs view of the control panel. The dealer representative commented that she is doubtful that this model will ever match the Cherokee, that it is a poor replacement. Operating the rear hatch door is a joke, having to open the swing out door first and then having the top window section sail up into the air high above. The fun starts with the closing process. Allow room when parking back to front of other cars in the parking lot. As you open the gate door with the full size spare sitting on it, you will need to get out of its path to avoid getting dirty. We opted for a left over 2001 new Cherokee to replace our 1998 model. We did change the color to Silverstone, but love the Cherokee and could not help enjoying the dealer and manufacturer incentives to stay with the Cherokee.

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    7/22/2001 1:46:09 AM

    2002 Jeep Liberty - Sport 4x4

    Pros: The fact that it remains a Jeep - worth the value. Good appearance.

    Cons: Seems to be tough on gas milage.

    Advice: Watch for incentives

    After owning an all new designed Jeep Wrangler, and a Jeep Cherokee Sport, which I was very fond of, I was skeptical that the new Liberty could do better than that long lived Cherokee. I found myself reconsidering that though. The Liberty has a very smooth, quiet interior ride, and handles much like a sporty sports sedan would handle. The interior is large and roomy, but would like to see more cargo space in the rear. The Bose 6-speaker sound system in the one I test drove was nice, and enjoyed the on-wheel radio controls. The insturment panel is easy to read, and you can see Jeep is going for a luxury SUV approach with the design. The exterior was surprising, but grew on me more and more as I drove the vehicle around town, getting many many looks and ganders. I wish Jeep would come with the 5-speed a little sooner, I want to compare the 5-speed with the auto. The O/D auto is quick, and responds nicely when going up a steep hill. I think the Lberty is going to be my next vehicle purchase .

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    7/21/2001 4:24:05 PM

    2002 Toyota Corolla - S (M5)

    Pros: HANDLING

    Cons: NONE

    Advice: ENJOY & PAY CLOSE TO DEALER INVOICE

    DROVE 1 MILE & NEW IT WAS A TYPICAL COROLLA.EXCELLENT VEHICLE WITH MORE BELLS & WHISTLES THAN THE 1999 I PREVIOUSLY PURCHASED.