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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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    7/18/2001 7:25:38 PM

    2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer - LTZ 4x4

    Pros: Radio controls in rear passanger seats

    Cons: So many controls to figure out

    Advice: Go ahead and TEST drive the others!

    I shopped for a month before I discovered the Trail Blazer. I thought I really wanted a 4 runner until I test drove one, and the inside was tight. The Trailblazer drives smooth. I have gotten complements from everyone on the look. I have also gotten great gas mileage.

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    7/17/2001 3:16:20 PM

    2002 Jeep Liberty - Sport 4x4

    Pros: Clearance/V6

    Cons: Gas Mileage

    Advice: It's not a car like it's competitors

    We live in Colorado and just bought a new Jeep Liberty Sport V6. It blows away it's 'tin box' predecessor easy. So far it has been awesome and better then anything else in it's class for the same price. If you want a car (car chassey) buy a Sant Fe, Tribute, Rav 4, Escape or Highlander. If you want an SUV with off road skills then buy this Jeep!! Drives tight off road with clearance and has plenty of power. I was more impressed with it's off road skills then my former Jeep Cherokee Laredo and the highway/street driving is smooth with the new front suspension. Good power for mountains and great car. Comes with some nice features and 35/65 back seat split is standard, unlike the Escape and Tribute. We couldn't be happier! This car is in for a road trip beating in the next few years!!! Skiing, Camping, Hiking, Biking!!!

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    7/9/2001 12:41:30 PM

    2002 Acura TL - Base

    Pros: Power

    Cons: Navigational system does not cover most areas. I should have purchased the Lexus

    Advice: If you want a Navigational system purchase the Lexus or BMW. I am sorry I bought the Navi system

    I purchased the Accura TL Type S a month ago. One of my main reasons for the purchase was the navagational system. That was a mistake. The navagation system is almost useless. Unless your destination is in the middled of New York City or Washington DC you will not find the address. I live just outside of Washington DC and when I want a location in the suburbs it is very rare that the address will be located. I went to New Jersey (Freehold area) and could not find a single location, could not even use cross streets. When I try to find golf courses in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania I have been able to find one out of twenty. Almost all of the ones I could not find have been there for more than ten years so they are not new. When I compared the Accura system to the BMW, the BMW had every site I wanted. You see, BMW navagation system is broken down by area, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic etc. and therefore has much more detail. Accura covers the whole country. Well, I don't need Texas or California. On a BMW you can purchase the additional areas on DVDs for a couple of hundred dollars. In summary, if your reason to purchase is the navigation system don't buy the Accura. Barry Pershan clubs@adros.com

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    7/9/2001 6:47:59 AM

    2002 Acura TL - Type S

    Pros: Navigational system

    Cons: Small spare tire

    Advice: Get an option with NAVI

    Seats are very supportive and comfortable, Acura TL-s has a firm ride and very predictable and accurate steering. Super acceleration and Vehicle Stability Control is there for bad road conditions. All of it keeps you feel good and safe. Navigation system is easy and fun to use. This is a great car,

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    7/4/2001 5:35:47 AM

    2002 Acura TL - Type S

    Pros: Engine power and performance

    Cons: Could use more head room (I am 6' 4')

    Advice: Buy the Type S - For $2000 the performance is increased significantly

    Great balance between engine performance and handling. The car is looks conservative but surprisingly fast and refined. You should buy the Type S, for $2000 the features are well worth it. Even with the Type S we are getting 22 MPG in the City and 30 MPG on the highway - not bad for a 260 HP sedan!

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    7/3/2001 8:38:35 PM

    2002 Jeep Liberty - Sport 4x4

    Pros: The body style

    Cons: steering wheel blocks line of sight to speedometer

    Advice: Try every vehicle you can then drive this one it will sell itself.

    This is a lower priced vehicle with a luxury feel. The interior feels as if it is a luxury vehicle without the pricetag. The ride was extremely smooth as compared to other SUV's. The V6 engine has more than enough UMPH to get the job done. We found the steering very responsive and easy to control. The infinity sound system is highly recommended. We really didn't want this at first but the controls are so ergonomically correct we are not sure we could buy another vehicle without it. There are some negatives such as the steering wheel falls right over my line of sight to the speedometer but that is just about it except for maybe the gas mileage but heck this is a SUV what do you expect. After our test drive we immediately purchased the vehicle and believe it or not at about 600 below the MSRP. We feel we got a great deal this early on the Limited model with several options we had not intended to get.

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    7/3/2001 11:43:38 AM

    2002 Buick Rendezvous - CX AWD

    Pros: Styling

    Cons: Reduced towing capacity

    Advice: Compare the value and comfort to other SUVs

    I test drove the Rendezvous CXL hoping to find the 'comfortable family SUV'. I wasn't disappointed. The ride was very smooth much like a luxury mini-van. Pick up was adequate. I was most impressed with the interior features. The 2nd and 3rd row seating was roomier than most SUVs. Quality is evident throughout. This vehicle screams safety, style and comfort. I would think the Rendezvous will be popular with the 'moms'.