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Help Me With Finding The Right First Car?

Postby Kalin » Fri Feb 06, 2015 10:54 am

Hi =)

I know this is kinda long winded, but please read, and bear with me

I'm looking for a first car that will last for some years, can take a lot of wear and tear, and is reliable.
Specifically, I want a mid-sized SUV.
Sedans and Small trucks (as well as bigger SUVs such as Ford Expeditions, Suburbans, Tahoes, etc.) are OUT OF THE QUESTION.

I live in southern California, but i do a lot of "local" travel, so I want something that can handle it all.
Whether I'm in the mountains with snow, ice, slush, etc., or out in the desert in soft sand or dirt washes/riverbeds, or just offroading in general, I don't want to hesitate when I'm in my car.
Also, I go to the beach at least 2 or 3 times a week, so i also want an SUV that i can throw surfboards/beach gear into or onto.

The majority of the driving I'll be doing though is city driving (eg school, sports, errands, whatever) so I don't necessarily want like a tank...

As an aside, I have a younger brother, and I'll have to chauffer him and his buddies around from time to time, so my car also has to be fairly safe.


1) Ford Explorer

2) Jeep Grand Cherokee

(The above two are my favorites...)

3) Toyota 4Runner

4) maybe a toyota highlander (haven't checked it out too much tho)


1) 4x4 BUT can switch between 2x4 and 4x4 as needed (need 2x4 for city driving/better gas mileage)

2) Tow Package (we have a boat and trailer, tho trailer is too big for an SUV)

3) Leather Upholstery (I'm a guy, just gonna wipe seats off every once in a while, so no fuzzy/fabricky stuff)

4) Automatic Tranny

5) Seats at least 5 people, but i dont need 3rd row seating

PRICE RANGE: No more than 11 grand

Like I said above, I especially like the Ford Explorers (but I know they've had rollover issues and transmission failures after 65k miles or so) and the Jeep Grand Cherokees (but will raise my already outrageous insurance because it is considered a luxury car???)

And if you've read through all that stuff up there ^^ then i commend you.

Any and all comments, suggestions, or help very much appreciated!!
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Postby Conal » Fri Feb 06, 2015 11:44 pm

ok the ford exploror is the worst possible choice.... after some miles it goes wack. my dad had 2 of them and in the same range of miles they went bad and he ended up puting about 4 times the appraised worth of both of them into the cars... then he ended up totaling one because the crappy 4 wheel drive just gave out and he slid of the road and flipped.

next jeeps are nice cars... i can understand why you would like them honestly they are great but their safety features are not the best

i would go with a toyota... toyota's are very reliable and safe too

but if i had to pick out of all of them i would pick a 4runner but if u are stuck between the explorer and cherokee i would go with the explorer
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Postby uli39 » Sat Feb 07, 2015 2:23 pm

My first impression as your story starts out is that you should look at a Subaru Outback.
They have some great awd 5 passenger vehicles that won't cost you an arm and a leg to buy and operate.
Then I read that you will want this to tow as well. If your boat is just ski boat, again a Subaru wagon or sedan could handle it well, but if you have heavier needs, then that pushes into a truck or beefier suv.
The two that you selected as your favorites are notoriously bad vehicles.
The Ford has serious transmission issues and the Jeep has brake and electrical issues.
I would suggest you review Edmonds.com for some more info other than their appearance.
Nissan has some great SUVs that are tow capable, as does Honda.
I have owned a Pathfinder for 12 years and it will tow anything.
The newer Pathfinders have much better tow capacities than mine does too.
I think an Explorer would be a mistake.
Jeeps have great engines, both the V8 and the I6 versions.
The strange thing is that the I6 4 ltr Jeep has more torque than their V8.
I am a fan of both motors though.
Get a warranty and make sure its a good one.
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Postby Elyakum » Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:31 pm

A newer isuzu trooper or for towing a ford expedition is way more realiable but also

a vw tiguan or toreueg an o8 might be out of your budget but give the08 a look other than that try also an older isuzu they sell for like four grand so use the other money for mods ps the expedition is the mid sized and the exscursion is the one like the tahoe
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Postby Salvadore » Fri Feb 13, 2015 11:40 pm

I?d suggest a used Chevrolet Equinox. It gives you the safety and size of a crossover vehicle, while also getting good gas mileage. Good luck with your search!



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