Yet another "what car to buy" thread...

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by TheOtherBart, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. TheOtherBart

    TheOtherBart Long timer

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    So here's the parameters: three row seating but no minivans. Would prefer 4WD/AWD and something that could tow at least a small trailer. Must be able to find a rust-free example for under $15,000, preferably closer to $10,000. Obviously better gas mileage is...well, better.

    We love our Durango, but it was just a $5k beater when we bought it. Now that the AC is TU, the power steering leaks like a sieve, the tires are bald, and the body is slowly rotting away, the heater coil springing a leak puts it squarely into the "more trouble than it's worth" category for me. Oh yeah, by the way, anyone in the market for a Durango? :deal

    There's a fairly high-mile '09 Chevy Traverse nearby at the top of the price range. The Dodge Journey looks like it might fit the bill, but I don't know if they've been out long enough to have much used inventory. Anyone have experience with either of those? Any other suggestions?
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  2. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    Pilots and highlanders have been three-row for a while.

    My dad recently bought a (well) used Pilot and it has been a solid vehicle.
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  4. TheOtherBart

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    Good to know, I'll add them to the list.

    Uh, yeah, perfect family grocery getter. :lol3
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  5. Snarky

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  6. Jimmy the Heater

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    If you are looking at the Traverse make sure you check out the Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia. Same basic vehicle and those have been out since 07 so you might be able to find one in your range.
    The GMC was one of the most comfortable vehicles I have ever ridden in tho the FWD version was horrible in the snow. Go with the AWD version for sure on it.

    Also the Mazda CX7 has an optional 3rd row and the CX9 comes with one standard I believe.

    Jeep Commander maybe? Tho that's not the best MPG solution
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  7. Jimmy the Heater

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    Also isn't there a Volvo model with a 3rd row....XC90?
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  8. jdiaz

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    You live in DeKalb and you're not buying a Tahoe? Shame on you. :lol3
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  9. TheOtherBart

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    Izzat some kind of northern Illinois inside joke?
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    Everybody in this part of town seems to have gigantic cars. Those mid-size SUV's just won't be big enough.
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  11. TheOtherBart

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    Thanks for the suggestions Jimmy! Looks like the Volvo is out of the budget though, and I'm finding some online rumbling about a dodgy cam chain in the Traverse.

    Know anything about the Hyundai Veracruz?
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  12. Jimmy the Heater

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  13. TheOtherBart

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    Yeah, I'm just too po' to keep up with the Joneses. :freaky

    You've got a couple of car lots over there don't you? Worth checking out?
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  14. jdiaz

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    Bob Jass Chevy always has a good supply of American stuff. Not too many imports.

    Talk to Leonard Baumgartner.......he's the man. http://www.bobjass.com
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  15. seriousracer

    seriousracer be a man dodge tree bark

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    i am not f***ng stupid,but i used too. niles mi.
    I have bragged about the ford freestyle before and will do it again...

    turausX Or freestyle.. Ford duratic/Volvo AWD and a CVT my ex wife consistently gets low 20 around town..
    it is big roomy and nice to drive .. with the CVT you can only tow 1200 pounds. If you get the 5 speed auto you can tow 2000+ ...

    Ps they are getting cheap..
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  16. Xeraux

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    Isn't the answer to every car question on ADV, "Subaru"?
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    Toyota pickup with 22RE motor. :deal
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  18. Grainbelt

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    Or in this case, early 4runner with 22RE.
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  19. RocketJohn

    RocketJohn Hook em' Horns!

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    if you need three rows for kids, suck it up and get the minivan... they're safe and easy to get in and out of... and they are cheap... If I have more than one person traveling with me on business, we always opt for the minivans... comfortable...
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  20. TheOtherBart

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    I would, but I'm not the one with the minivan aversion. :deal
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