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Old Today, 11:43 AM   #1
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small suv advice

So my lovely wife turned yet another decent automobile in to a $500
as-is for parts only "vehicle", and we need to get her something
else.

My wants:
cheap to work on
sturdy
decent mileage
automatic for her.
can tow a small trailer would be nice.

She wants: 535xi. I thought that was hilarious. She didn't... lol
Toyota Rav4
Ford Escape
Honda CRV

So, basically a small suv that has AWD. Any advice? I might be able to
talk her into a Subaru, but I've lost track of their engine
oil/headgasket problems. And those flat 4 engines look a like a bitch
to work on.
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Honda CR-V or Hyundai Santa Fe / Tucson

Honda for the reliability and serviceability (well, for a transverse engine)

Hyundai Santa Fe for Bang-for-the-Buck, great warranty.

The Lotto clan has owned both in all wheel drive versions. The only problem on either was one loose window track bolt in the Hyundai.
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A 535 xl is a great car. Get her what she wants and she'll take care of it. Current model has been around for 4 years so there should be lots of great CPO's around.
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A 535 xl is a great car. Get her what she wants and she'll take care of it. Current model has been around for 4 years so there should be lots of great CPO's around.

Yeah, no. I'll be paying for maintenance and insurance. The way she turns nice cars into steaming shitboxes = she's not going to get an expensive car.
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+1 on CRV and Rav-4. Both great cars. Alternatively, you could pick up a used subaru wagon that would likely fit your needs.
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we have a 2012 Rav4 i4 4wd 3rd row. Not a very fancy car but gets the job done. It is the wife/family car. Drives nice. Gets about 25mpg. enough ump from a 4 banger than maxes out a 179 hp.

She is not into cars so doesn't mind the fact that it is "boring". I have a Z, Nismo Frontier, and my bike to keep me happy. however I always smile when I drive the RAV. So easy to drive.

The 2012 is the last year of the 3rd gens. I would not get a 3rd gen with the 2.4l (pre 2009?). Not that the .1 L makes a difference but there were some issues with the car itself that were fixed when they did the update.
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we have a 2012 Rav4 i4 4wd 3rd row. Not a very fancy car but gets the job done. It is the wife/family car. Drives nice. Gets about 25mpg. enough ump from a 4 banger than maxes out a 179 hp.

She is not into cars so doesn't mind the fact that it is "boring". I have a Z, Nismo Frontier, and my bike to keep me happy. however I always smile when I drive the RAV. So easy to drive.

The 2012 is the last year of the 3rd gens. I would not get a 3rd gen with the 2.4l (pre 2009?). Not that the .1 L makes a difference but there were some issues with the car itself that were fixed when they did the update.

Good advice, thanks.
That's what I'm looking for, what years of those cars to avoid.
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