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What SUV to buy?

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Bruce Specht, May 21, 2009.

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  1. Bruce Specht

    Bruce Specht Well-Known Member

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    My 99 Explorer and I were in an accident two weeks ago. The other driver's insurance company has told me that my car is a total loss. We are in agreement for the most part on the value so now I need to buy a replacement. I've looked at GM,Toyota,Nissan,and Ford. I want to downsize to the Escape size vehicle in a 4WD. Looking for a new car when you don't want to is a pain in the a$$ so looking for some ideas on what to buy. I've never been a Chrysler guy so that' really not in the mix. You need to know that 0% for 60 is appealing as my wife would be happy to tell you, "I'm so tight I squeak when I walk".
     
  2. GRR

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    FORD It's not owned by the goverment. I own 2 a F-150 King Ranch pickup and a Mustang GT convt. 18 - 20 MPG with truck and 28 - 30 MPG with Mustang. It doesn't get any better than that.
     
  3. chiefjon

    chiefjon Active Member

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    The Escape Hybrid is an interesting little car. Give it a try.

    JON
     
  4. Captain Bud

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    Go to your local VW dealership and test drive the new Toureg DIESEL. Then test all the others against the Toureg. 400+ lbs. torque and 25-30 mpg. 0.0% for 60 months.

    The draw back is that it costs almost as much as the Mercedes Benz ML320 CDI.

    Check it out. I was amazed by the power of the diesel (3.0 Liter) and it will last. So will the MB.

    JMHO

    Philip Santos
     
  5. Steve W

    Steve W Well-Known Member

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    If you're considering the Escape, I think you should take a look at the Edge.

    It's the new generation of SUV, a crossover, much roomier than the Escape, might even roomier than your old Explorer, you'll be surprised how much interior space you get for this size of vehicle.

    For approx. $26,000 (4x4) you'll have a vehicle that'll not be out of date for a long time.

    Note the distance from the steering wheel to the A pillar: Edge on left, Escape on right


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  6. dave-320c

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    Volvo XC-70, great ride, close to 25 mpg, get the winter package & get the blind side driver info system--this vehicle is great. The cruise contol is the greatest, separate digital speedometer, you can tweek it up an down---really saves on brake wear & increases gas mileage.


    Phil Berkowitz
     
  8. StonewallRacing

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    Edge is a nice vehicle.

    My mother-in-law's is pretty nice.

    SW
     
  9. ccw1911

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    The most comfortable SUV I've owned is a Suburban hands down. The Tahoe is nice too but being shorter it's not quite as smooth. I've spent some time in a friends Excursion and it was good too.
     
  10. wm rike

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    If you really need 4WD, be aware that a lot of the crossover type vehicles have extremely long wheelbases and aren't that agile. If the 4WD is just a "nice-to-have" feature, the crossovers are pretty comfy rides.

    In the safety crash tests, one of the issues with the larger vehicles is that in a front-on, there's two tons of stuff behind you that still hasn't come to a stop. That said, 80% of the highway deaths are single car accidents, i.e., driver error - alcohol, cell phones, drowsiness. Not much will protect you against that. Check for side airbags - they're not as standard as one would think.
     
  11. Bisi

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    Buy one with the biggest baddest motor you can get, because in a few years Obama, Pelosi, Waxman are going to have us in pedal cars.

    Although it is not a SUV check out the Rousch stage 3 Mustang.

    Enjoy the soon to vanish American life, because the socialist are intent on destroying it.
     
  12. flybyknight

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    I just traded an 06 Explorer for a 09 Escape. Although I only have 1200 miles on the Escape, it seems to be a much better car to drive, and it actually has much better storage than the 06 Explorer. I also had a 98 Explorer. The Escape and the 98 Explorer are more comparable in my opinion.

    As an aside, I ended up buying an Edge for the wife at the same time (brand new 2007 at a very deep discount). It is a nice car, roomy, drives very nice. I live in the mountains and get to drive on nice twisty roads, lots of hills, etc.

    I stayed with Ford because they didn't take any handouts and are an american company.
     
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    My choice would be a diesel. The gas engines are going to be fading and hybrids are (IMHO) a fad. Refinement of the diesel will continue apace. GM (I hear) will be offering a diesel SUV shortly. In the interim, I'd look at the VW Touareg or the Mercedes ML.

    Or you might consider a crew cab GMC diesel pickup and put a bed cover on the back.

    Gene Batchelar
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  14. JH

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    Unless you tolerate paying repair and maintenance bills, I would stick to vehicles proven by thousands of owners to be HYPER-RELIABLE...if you are a gearhead buy a Chrysler product, they will keep you busy doing repairs....if you want reliability: Toyota RAV-4 or a 4-Runner.....
     
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    Toyta RAV-4 V-6 four wheel drive would be on my short list. Car and Driver called it "the Swiss Army Knife" of vehicles. Does many things very well; too bad it is not American. Diesels are also very good choices these days. I'd sure like the Toureg Diesel, fantastic, but lots of bucks. Consider, also, a 3/4 truck in DIESEL like a Duramax GM product...not that pricey if used and clean, reasonable mileage, does many things well if you need that type of vehicle as an SUV. Bottom line: depends what your application will be.
     
  16. ccw1911

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    I thought he wanted a SUV not a econobox with a taller body on it....geez crossdressers I mean crossovers lol.
     
  17. Beretta687EELL

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    How about a 2010 Equinox. It will be out very shortly. Some of the guys have been test driving a few around and the local dealers are very excited about them. Bill Malcolm
     
  18. W.P.T.

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    Try a Hyundai, they have a 10 year-100,000 mile warrantee and get great gas mileage to boot ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
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    Honda CRV never look back. I've collectively put close to 1,000,000 miles on different Honda's with VERY small repair issues. They are built in America by Americans who are glad to have a job and don't support anti American anti Military socialist Unions.
     
  20. Tolman

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    Must consider the 4x4 Honda Ridgeline. It rides very smooth and has a comfortable interior space. The bonus, it has 5'-0" open cargo box bed with a unique enclosed watertight, lockable cargo trunk in the bed of the truck. 17 mpg city and 23mpg highway. Choose an all white color their sharp!!!

    Toly
     
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