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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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    6/18/2001 5:11:14 PM

    2002 Jeep Liberty - Sport 4x4

    Pros: NEW V-6 ENGINE

    Cons: MPG 16-20 MPG SHOULD BE 20-25 MPG

    Advice: GO FOR THE V-6 AND LIMITED VERSION, ALSO SIDE AIR BAGS

    I TEST DROVE THE HONDA CRV, TOYOTA RAV4 AND THEY DROVE LIKE A CAR..........THEY SHOULD AS THEY ARE ALL CAR BASED SUV'S AND NOT A REAL OFF ROAD VEHICLE. I ALSO TEST DROVE THE DATED CHEROKEE BEFORE THE LIBERTY AND THOUGHT THE RIDE WAS ROUGH AS IT ALWAYS HAS BEEN. WITH THE BUILD OUT OF THE CHEROKEE GOING ON THEY ARE ALMOST GIVING THEM AWAY AND THE RESALE VALUE WILL DROP LIKE A ROCK. SO I THEN TEST DROVE A LIBERTY AND FOUND IT TO RIDE AND DRIVE AS GOOD OR BETTER THAN THE HONDA AND TOYOTA. I ORDERED ONE ON THE SPOT AT $500 OVER INVOICE WHICH I FELT WAS FAIR AS THE VECHICLE IS NEW AND IN DEMAND. I WENT FOR A LOADED LIMTED AND I WOULD SUGGEST THE NEW V-6 FOR THE ADDED POWER. ONE BAD SIDE, MPG 16 CITY/ 20 HWY.......BUT THIS IS A REAL JEEP, NOT A CAR BASED SUV..........LOVE IT... GET ALOT OF SMILES WHILE I'M DRIVING IT..... MAYBE THIS IS THE NEW 'BUG'.........

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    6/15/2001 1:06:43 PM

    2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Wagon

    Pros: performance - turbo boost

    Cons: cheap interior plastic - cupholder

    Advice: You will not regret it - if you do not buy it from Subaru of Wakefield, MA

    EXCELLENT RIDE!!! Great price for the quality performance and power! The appearance grows on you! :) The interior quality and design could be better! Great car .... would have gotten one if I did not have such a bad experience at the Subaru of Wakefield, MA dealers. If they do not change their attitude of doing business. We will have a wonderful prodcut sold buy a bunch of slackers and horrible people. That means bad for the product. What a shame. IT IS A WONDERFUL CAR. I will try another dealer!

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    6/13/2001 9:58:47 AM

    2002 Ford Expedition - Eddie Bauer 4x2

    Pros: dependability

    Cons: hard ride

    Advice: good buy

    good hard working truck. good workmanship, no mechanical probelms in 5 years. hard ride but it is expected in a 3/4 ton.

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    6/11/2001 9:23:17 PM

    2002 Oldsmobile Bravada - AWD

    Pros: Heated seatbacks separate from the seat bottom and lumbar supports.

    Cons: Standard Alloy Wheels are a little drab and chrome costs $2400. Standard Radio is worthless.

    Advice: You will love it. The Bose radio is a must, the standard radio stinks.

    Solid and competent. Engine is smooth as silk and totally responsive. Has virtually every amenity of any Mercedes or BMW I have ever owned. The interior is tastefully designed and reeks of elegance and good taste.

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    6/9/2001 1:43:23 AM

    2002 Jeep Liberty - Sport 4x4

    Pros: Engine

    Cons: Price

    Advice: Really compare apples with apples before you buy

    Test drove vehicle, it rides stiff and just a slight bit better than old jeep. The cargo area is small with back seats up, tire is mounted dead center on rear door which makes it difficult to place items in vehicle with flip glass up especially for someone who is not to tall. Has a good engine, very simple interior. After you add all the non standard features, the overall cost of the vehicle is over priced as compared to others. Unfortunately dealers are marking up the vehicle over the MSRP by as much as $3,000 or more, all I can say is remember the Mazda Miata when they came out and now you can't give them away. In the end I chose to purchase a Hyundai Santa Fe SUV, better bargin, warranty, features and ride.

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    6/8/2001 6:58:08 PM

    2002 Mazda Protege5 - (M5)

    Pros: The 3 spoke 'Nardi' steering wheel.

    Cons: The seats

    Advice: Get one with the 5speed. The automatic shouldn't even be an option!

    Test drove this vehicle June 7,2001. I was initially sceptical of a 5door 4cyl, but after driving for about 30min. I was won over! This car is a blast to drive and the 5spd manual is the way to go. The clutch is nice and tight and is smooth in it's travel. It makes you want to do as much 'heel-toeing' as possible. The engine pulls like a six despite it's small torque, but Mazda's 2.0L four outclasses all others with it's quietness and willingness to run with the big boys. The interior is functional and has the racer white gauges. The only drawback inside are the seats which I could never get comfortable in. But who cares?! I figure the seats will keep you focused on driving and not daydreaming. Other observations, and the most important when dealing with cars of this genre, are it's looks. Nothing on the road looks as cool as this car! The front grille is the smoothest since the 95 Legend, which I own, and has the 'rear-view' gawking factor. The body sits squat thanks to the combination on the low profile 16's and the body kit and the sport suspension. When cornering in this car, down shift and you'll grin from ear to ear! Hey, you'll even giggle. This is a car that will be talked about for years once others get a chance to drive one, I can guarantee it. Mazda has a car that will appeal to GenX'ers and 30somethings like myself and those into street mods. I'm 33 and thought I wanted a TL(Acura), but for 15,000 less I'll have much more fun and and not feel so guilty about it! Buy this car!!!

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    6/7/2001 7:38:47 PM

    2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer - LTZ 4x4

    Pros: Bose Premium Sound System

    Cons: Running Boards

    Advice: Test drive one ASAP!

    I have owned a 4Runner, Explorer, Blazer and Tahoe SUV's and the TrailBlazer is by far the best of them all! Quiet, smooth, car-like ride; 270hp that absolutely flies. This vehicle has more features/options/gadgets on it than a Cadillac or Lexus. QUALITY-You've got to test drive one for yourself!