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Dryers - ratings.(clothes dryers)(Evaluation). USA, LLC

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Twenty-six electric dryers tested for drying thoroughness, capacity, and quietness are led by the Kenmore (Sears) Elite ($540). However, the 2nd-rated Kenmore (Sears) 6280 ($410) and the $400 Whirlpool LEQ earned "A CR Best Buy" honors.

Full Text :COPYRIGHT 2002 Consumers Union of the United States, Inc.
Seventeen of the 26 tested dryers are available, including all of the

11 highest-scoring

In performance order



1 Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6295[2] $650 84
2 Kenmore (Sears) 6281[2] A CR 500 81
Best Buy
3 GE Profile Performance 780 * 80
UPSE592EA[WW] Wizard
4 Maytag Neptune MDE7500AZ[W] 1,050 80
5 GE Profile UPSB519EB 800 79
6 Kenmore (Sears) Elite HE3 1,100 79
7 Whirlpool Duet YGEW9200L[W] 1,000 * 79
8 Whirlpool YLEQ8000J[Q] A CR Best 680 79
9 Whirlpool Gold YGEW9878J 630 78
10 Whirlpool YGEW9868K[Q] $1,000 * 78
11 Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6283[2] 630 76
13 Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6206[2] 1,100 75
15 Frigidaire Gallery GLER642CA[S] 600 73
18 KitchenAid Superba KEYS700J (1) 660 * 71
19 Fisher & Paykel DE05 890 * 69
20 Maytag Atlantis MDE8600AZ 750 69
22 GE UPSR405EB 600 66

(1) Similar to not-available tested model.

Cell-phone alternatives

Report: page 26; Ratings: page 28

All but three of the eight tested FRS radios and one of the two
tested GMRS models are available. The Motorola T-6400, price not
available, is a good choice for talking over longer distances.

Within types, in performance order




RadioShack 21-1860 $100 71
Motorola T-6200 NA 69
Cobra FRS 225-2 A CR Best Buy 60 61
Motorola T-5200 $65 55
Uniden FRS 440 100 52


Motorola T-6400 NA 58

2002 Honda CR-V

Safety-belt pretensioners could release in a crash, leaving front-seat occupants unprotected.

Models: 2,573 vehicles with automatic pretensioners.

What to do: Have dealer repair front pretensioners.

2001-2002 Nissan models

Accelerator pedal could be pushed too far, causing engine to malfunction.

Models: 2,855 2002 Nissan Maxima and 2001-2002 Infiniti I35 vehicles with electronic throttle-control system.

What to do: Have dealer install new accelerator-pedal stopper.

1990-1995 Jeep YJ

Parking brake can release.

Models: 29,000 vehicles with manual transmission.

What to do: Have dealer replace parking-brake assembly.

2001 Dodge Ram

Alternator wire could come loose, overheating the power distribution center (PDC).

Models: 21,000 vehicles.

What to do: Have dealer inspect and, if necessary, reposition the PDC wire and tighten the attaching nut.

2001-2002 Volkswagen models

ABS control unit can short-circuit.

Models: 9,000 Golf, Jetta, and New Beetle vehicles.

What to do: Have dealer replace ABS control unit.

2002 Nissan Sentra SER

Floor mat could prevent return of accelerator pedal.

Models: 1,179 vehicles with Nissan floor mat.

What to do: Have dealer replace both front floor mats.

1999 Volvo S80

Cooling fan could overheat.

Models: 1,892 vehicles.

What to do: Have dealer replace cooling fan.

1995-1997 GM models

Ignition switch could overheat, causing fire in the steering column.

Models: 293,250 1995-1997 Chevrolet Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire, and 1996-1997 Oldsmobile Achieva, Buick Skylar, and Pontiac Grand Am vehicles.

What to do: Have dealer install protective electrical relay kit.

2003 Pontiac Vibe

Axle bolts could break, causing wheel assembly to come off.

Models: 411 two-wheel-drive vehicles.

What to do: Have dealer tighten bolts.

2000-2001 Ford Windstar

Water could leak onto wire harness, causing short circuit and a fire.

Models: 86,766 vehicles.

What to do: Have dealer repair leak and any corroded connectors, and perform other corrective and preventive maintenance.

1997-1999 Chrysler models

Pillar patches could come loose and interfere with rear safety belt.

Models: 124,000 Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan, and Plymouth Voyager vehicles.

What to do: Have dealer replace patches and, if necessary, safety-belt assemblies.

2002 BMW models

Front suspension strut could come loose, causing a crash.

Models: 284 325i, 330i, 525i, and 530i vehicles.

What to do: Have dealer replace front-strut upper mounts.

2001-2002 Jeep TJ

Ignition switch could short-circuit.

Models: 6,000 vehicles.

What to do: Have dealer replace ignition switch.

2002 Subaru Legacy

Brakes may not release in cold weather.

Models: 258 vehicles.

What to do: Have dealer replace master cylinder.

Small sedans

Report: page 60

Small sedans are relatively inexpensive, most use fuel sparingly, and
some now offer the kind of roominess that was previously the province
of midsized cars. The Toyota Corolla combines fairly quick
acceleration, very good fuel economy, a spacious interior, and a
reasonable price. Some testers found the driving position
uncomfortable. The Subaru Impreza, at $21,995 to $34,995, costs more
than the others in this group, but you get excellent handling and
all-wheel drive. The ride is compliant and it's fun to drive, but
fuel economy was the worst for this group. The rear seat doesn't fold
forward to expand the trunk. The Mazda Protege handles well and has a
reasonably spacious trunk, but passengers must put up with a stiff,
uncomfortable, noisy ride. The Mitsubishi Lancer that's part of this
report, like all Mitsubishi models, is not sold in Canada.

In performance order


0-50 0-100 80-100 500

Toyota Corolla $15,290-$19,865 3.9 10.4 4.5 20.1
Subaru Impreza 21,995-34,995 3.6 10.9 4.8 20.6
Mazda Protege 15,795-19,895 3.8 11.0 4.7 20.6


Toyota Corolla 11.8 5.9 8.1
Subaru Impreza 14.7 8.7 10.7
Mazda Protege 12.4 6.9 9.0

Ariens 800-700-1358

Amana 800-435-2218

Asko 514-343-0448

Bosch 800-944-2904

Carrier 800-227-7437

Cobra 773-559-3087

Fedders 800-661-0131

Fisher & Paykel 877-744-7400

Friedrich 800-541-6645

Frigidaire (dryers/washers) 800-668-4606

Frigidaire (room air conditioners) 905-565-9200

General Electric 800-361-3400

Hotpoint (dryers) 800-432-2737

Kenmore (Sears) Contact nearest store

KitchenAid 800-461-5681

Maytag 800-688-2002

Miele 800-843-7231

Motorola 800-461-4575

Panasonic 905-624-5505

RadioShack 800-668-4433

Uniden 800-297-1023

Whirlpool (dryers) 800-461-5681

Whirlpool (washers, air conditioners) 800-253-1301

Source Citation:"Dryers - ratings." Consumer Reports 67.7 (July 2002): 45(1). Academic OneFile. Gale. BROWARD COUNTY LIBRARY. 4 Oct. 2009

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