I just did my 2002 as well. I think it really depends on the style of bulb you get more than anything.
I found the exact same thing as you with my bulbs, and I ended up getting these:
Which ended up being the flat top ones, and I think that's the problem. I think the instrument cluster was designed to use bulbs that spread out more rather than those with a fixed straight beam.
I think for the price, I'll try some other ones next time. Something with a dome on it.