SophieMaltese
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Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 12:35 pm

Okay, I'm not a big SUV person, but my brother actually has a need for one and his car died. What I want is opinions on which would be the best to buy for the money (preferably the least amount of money too...) Nothing super huge, so not a Suburban or Navigator (he couldn't afford that anyway.) Any good or bad experiences I'd like to hear.
 
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 12:48 pm

Buy what is best for his money I assume you mean economically and those are small ones like RAV4 and Tracker maybe even the Jimmy/Blazer. Buick Rendevous is terrible gets 13.9 city miles to the gallon. What is he looking to spend and what company does he prefer if any. I would be happy to price some out if you could give a little more info.
 
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 12:53 pm

Here's one for you:

NONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 12:53 pm

Well, he was looking at the new Saturn Vue or something similar. He doesn't like the Rav4 or anything too wimpy. I told him an Explorer or Jeep Grand Cherokee are nice. The Lexus model is great but probably way out of his price range. Something not too small and not too large that will last him a while. His 1987 Mitsubishi Montero lasted him well but he wants something different.
 
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 12:56 pm

With the exception of the gas mileage, I have no complaints about my Xterra.

Bought it new last October. I got the SE (non-Supercharged engine) in black. Looking around inside, it's not a refined vehicle and is obviously a truck-based SUV. However, "refined" was not a part of my criteria and I got everything I wanted/needed--4X4, cruise, rubber floor mats, towing package, power windows & locks, keyless entry and a few other minors items. All costs included, I paid just over 25k. If that's still too much, and if he likes that particular truck, I would suggest he look at some that are 12-18 months from the new purchase date with 12-18k miles. Should be worth a few thousand off the new price.
 
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 12:57 pm

I was going to get an SUV before I fell in love with the best looking car out there now (New Altima)... I would say with the warranty, and price, the best would be the Hyundai Santa Fe.

Also look at the new Saturn and Jeep Liberty.
 
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 1:01 pm

Whatever you do, I do not reccomend the Jimmy/Blazer. They are basically the same car and we have had many major problems with the 2 Jimmys we had in the past. Hell, on the most recent one, even the horn was broken before we sold it. I would steer away from these models at all costs, they are garbage on wheels.
 
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 1:02 pm

USAir...better than your grocery-getter!

Sophie...anything with a BIG backseat!

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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 1:03 pm

Yea, and he has the money, go4 the new Envoy... Not the stretched one, just the regular one... $32,000-$37,000
 
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 1:10 pm

Nope, nothing like the Envoy (whoever makes that) we are talking a realistic budget, not a kid who is bragging what he drives (but really rides the bus) on the internet budget .....

Does anyone have much experience with Explorers or Jeeps?
 
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 1:24 pm

I have an '95 Explorer Sport, and I love it! I bought it for 16 grand new then, and the only major problem I had with it was the transmission took a crap after 75,000 miles. But that was easily replaced by Ford because I had an extended warranty for it. Last year I drove it to Seattle from here in western AZ. Not one problem with it. Only when I got the fuel bill for that trip did I choke a bit.  Wink/being sarcastic $250 for whole trip. Now my "Sydney" (my nickname for it) is coming up on 98,000 miles. And she's still pretty solid. I can recommend Ford Explorers for your brother, ma'am...just do some heavy-duty inspections if he decided to go the pre-owned route. Hope this helps somewhat. Regards.
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 1:28 pm

I like the VUE, very good looking vehicle.
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 2:20 pm

GMC makes the Envoy.

Saturn Vue, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sportage, Jeep Liberty.. check those
 
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 2:45 pm

In contrary to what Flight152 said, I would definitely go for the Blazer/Jimmy.

I had a '1993 Blazer and it had over 140,000 miles on it without any major problem.

I now have a '97 with 59,000 miles on it, and no problems yet.

They are very reliable trucks, and they are AMERICAN.



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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 3:00 pm

We had a Jeep Grand Cherokee LTD which is probably out of his price range, can't speak for everyone else but it had list of problems mostly because of Computer problems. I don't recommend it. I have heard good stories about the Explorer though. We had a 96 Jimmy and no problems with it except for the fact we found it a bit tippy and got a Tahoe after that which I love and am looking to get a used one next year. But that is not in the size or price range that he wants.
 
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 3:00 pm

OK...I've been in and around LOTS of SUVs over the years. I myself drive a 2001 Toyota RAV4. Wimpy? HAH! Only if you get the lethargic automatic version. My 5-speed model is quite zippy, actually, and gets decent gas mileage for being a 4WD (22 city/27 hwy). And it's had zero problems, with over 15,000 miles so far. With Toyota's reputation for quality and reliability, I would expect nothing less. The base price is a bit high for what you get, in terms of equipment (around $22K), but I feel it has good value per dollar overall.

That said, it sounds like your brother is looking for something a bit bigger, in terms of capacity and size. Personally, I like the mini-SUV because it does most of what the larger ones do, but without the bad fuel economy. Sounds like Nissan Xterra, Toyota 4Runner (wait for 2003; they are being redesigned), Honda Pilot, Chevy Blazer, Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, etc. would be the most likely candidates for him.

Most people I know of who have Explorers rave about them. I drove a '96 Explorer Sport a few times (I detailed it for the owner). It was a great vehicle, extremely roomy, comfortable, and easy to drive. It also had quite good power with the V-6, and the owner loved it. The Jeep Grand Cherokee...that's a pretty expensive alternative. I'd say they aren't quite as rugged as the Explorer, as they are more of a luxury vehicle like the Acura MDX or Lexus RX300. They can tow pretty hefty loads, though, and have unbeatable drivetrains. Pretty tough underneath the glitz.  Big grin

It would pay for your brother to make a list of what he's looking for, and match it with vehicles that suit him accordingly. Once he narrows it down to three or four, time to go test-driving. That's the fun part.  Smile
 
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 3:05 pm

One that has been through a crusher twice...
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 3:07 pm

For those who need a SUV to go to the local store, here something that youll like.

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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 3:57 pm

If price is really the issue try a Lada Niva. Not too big, diesel engine and cheap ! Last I looked about NZ$16000 new or about US$4.50 (closer to $7000 actually).

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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Wed Jul 24, 2002 1:41 am

Hi Sophie,

I haven't shopped around for SUV's in quite some time, but I can tell you that my husband has been driving a Ford Explorer since 1993, and that thing is like the energizer bunny, it keeps going and going. It's got about 145,000 miles on it, we've taken it to San Francisco, Oregon and Vegas numerous times and it's still a great car. We've are really anal about keeping up the oil changes, as well as rountine maintenance and tire changes, and it's been an awesome, reliable car for us. We've never had a breakdown or any surprises. I don't know much about the newer models, I'm sure they have been "souped up" quite a bit from our model, so all the better.

I can't say enough about the Explorer. I highly recommend it!

Hope this helps!  Smile
 
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Wed Jul 24, 2002 2:13 am

My Toyota 4Runner is awesome. It is 2 years old, and has never had a single problem. It is a decent size, and the gas mileage is average for an SUV. (18-20 mpg).
 
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Wed Jul 24, 2002 3:24 am

David:

Funny how you had to steal my anti-rice site that me and Brandon found.......geez

96M: The RAV4 isnt an SUV.......by sane peoples standards.
 
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Wed Jul 24, 2002 3:43 am

Hey llyushin96M,

Picture this:

Geo Metro ------ Cars
Rav 4 ------------ SUVs

Get it?

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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Wed Jul 24, 2002 3:48 am

X5....everyone is know that has one loves it.
Even the 3.0 litre engine.
 
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Wed Jul 24, 2002 4:01 am

I got an Isuzu Rodeo two years ago and have to say that it's by far the best of the (many) vehicles I've owned. There's really nothing bad I can say about it, even the gas mileage is much better than what one would expect from an SUV.
Rodeos, and Isuzus in general, are not big sellers, so buyers usually can get good deals.
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Wed Jul 24, 2002 5:34 am

Sophie,

What about the Ford Escape/Mazda Tribune? They both are well liked by all the car review websites, magazines. Edmunds.com ranked it number one in the Mini SUV Comparison Test.

The Mazda and the Ford are the same trucks, just different name.


You can check out this website...
http://www.edmunds.com/reviews/comparison/articles/47012/article.html

Listen to that website before you listen to opinions. Edmunds is well known for honesty.
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Wed Jul 24, 2002 6:22 am

Snappy acceleration, great styling, reliable, and I drive one.

Did I mention how comfortable the front seats are?
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Wed Jul 24, 2002 7:01 am

I'm sure he'd love the X5. my question is this, how in the hell does anybody afford one of those things???
 
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Wed Jul 24, 2002 7:12 am

Sophiemaltese:
He can pick up one these for much cheaper than all of the above. Big grin





If he must have a new/newer SUV, go for the Ford Explorer.
I think Gumah sumed it up pretty well. I know a family that still has a 1993 Explorer (Eddie Bauer Edition) as there main family car and it almost never gives them a problem. They also live up in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. It has endured 9 years of climing steep grades, harsh winters and high elevation.
Bring back the Concorde
 
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Wed Jul 24, 2002 7:44 am

The only problem with Toyota, Nissan and other foreign vehicle makers is that the parts cost like more since they are imports.
 
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Wed Jul 24, 2002 7:52 am

I hear there are some hot deals on SUV's in Cuba right now.
What's another word for thesaurus?
 
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Wed Jul 24, 2002 7:59 am

I'll have to go with the Explorer as well, everything else near its price are tiny econobox SUVs with no power.
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Wed Jul 24, 2002 8:03 am

As far as trucks are concerned... Ford makes the best trucks out there hands down. The Explorer has been the number one selling SUV for years now and Ford trucks are the number one selling trucks period. Their engines are one of the best and one of the toughest in the business. Personally, I think Explorers are good buys for the money. If your brother can't afford that... my little sister drives a 2002 Honda CR-V and is very happy with it. That's a good second option.
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Wed Jul 24, 2002 11:30 am

I'm starting to think an Explorer might be the best choice. Of course it's still up to him, but he has no clue. He had a 15 year old Mitsubishi, Superfly, so I think he wants something newer that won't crap out on him and leave him stranded holding his Burger King bags in some rough neighborhood again.
 
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Wed Jul 24, 2002 11:38 am

I'm sorry I misunderstood your question.
My partner bought a Nissan Exterra for his son. It was right at around 20K.
If you're looking for new..maybe you can take a peak.

Otherwise a used Grand Cherokee or Explorer would be good. If you buy on in the city chances are it's never been over anything deeper than a pothole.
 
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Sun Jul 28, 2002 10:59 am

Thanks for the input. He ended up picking a Lexus RX300. I just hope he can afford to eat now. I'm insanely jealous though!
 
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Mon Jul 29, 2002 5:05 am

A Nissan Pathfinder is pretty good, you might also want to check out the CRV.
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Mon Jul 29, 2002 6:12 am

Honda CR-V makes me gag.

The Lexus RX300......thats not an SUV....i saw one pop a suspension if u can call it on the local Target parking lot.
 
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Mon Jul 29, 2002 7:47 am

Lexus RX300 are really nice looking. Did he get a new one? I especially like the design of the current model.

I was about to mention the Toyota Highlander until I read your post. I believe the Highlander and RX300 ride on the Camry platform. Should be nice.

BTW, the X5 doesn't even have low range 4wd. Only high. Can't even call that a SUV. (Probably one of the best looking though)

Anyhow, have fun.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Mon Jul 29, 2002 10:39 am

Don't get an escape. The gas mileage is horrible. I think a 747 gets better gas mileage!
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Tue Jul 30, 2002 4:12 am

Ford Explorer doesn't get good mileage. If he can only afford the base model with the V6 engine the car gets wimpy power and really bad fuel mileage. Only the V8 has some power to move this piece of metal with some dignity. I suggest getting a Chevrolet Trail Blazer which I believe has comparable price with the Explorer. It has an all new 6 cylinder engine with good fuel economy and it is said to be very quiet. The engine also has some serious power behind it to move about anywhere. It has 270 horsepower and 270 pound feet of torque. It is simply amazing to get this kind of power in a 6 cylinder.
 
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RE: Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?

Tue Jul 30, 2002 5:50 am

Whatever you do, don't get a SUV just on what people in this forum are saying. Go to the library and get a copy of Consumer reports the magazine. You are spending $20,000 on this car (maybe more/less) and you should do research. Buy what fits your needs. Don't buy an Excursion if all you need is a Tracker (not an A VS B war). Just do research. This is a big investment.
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