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Old 06-09-2011, 10:11 AM   #1
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Recommendations on new SUV

So the girlfriend did total the 99 TJ she had. Although she LOVED it more than anythign she ever had she does a lot of driving. Either work which is somewhat close, but does have some more years of college that she wants to do and its not close. The Jeep was killin her on fuel. And unfortunatley she really isn't the top down kind of girl which makes me mad but haha, o well. So if you were in the market for something what do you suggest. Needs to be 4x4. were avoiding the "car" choice right now. Thinking smaller SUV stuff. She is still a huge fan of jeeps. I personally think the JK's are no fun and she doesn't like them either. To me they lost the jeep in them even after watching my friends do work in the rocks. She is thinking now a Liberty Renegade and similar.

So suggestions anyone own anything and have some insite for me? She won't be doing any offroad. If she got a Jeep though im sure we would set it up for a light trail.

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Old 06-09-2011, 10:28 AM   #2
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A subaru of some kind might be good. they are all 4x4. Either a forester or something similar. It would get a lot better milage than a jeep, and if shes not into toplessness, it would help.

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Not a big subaru fan. Her mom has 2 of them now (paid for with her job not by choice) and not at all what we want.
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Old 06-09-2011, 12:43 PM   #4
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Well, you have the following and can be found pretty inexpensive.

Blazer/Jimmy All 95+ have the 4.3, reliable engine and plenty of power. Reliable overall.
Ford Explorer I don't know much about them, but everyone I know seems to have issues. AKA: Exploder
Dodge Durango: Can be reliable depending on engine, but horrible gas mileage.
Liberty: Reliable, can be decent offroading. Decent gas mileage.

Out of those, the liberty or S-series would be my choice, but you can find the s-series a lot cheaper than you can a liberty. If she's already having money issues, I wouldn't be putting a lot of money down on a new or used vehicle. Just get something to get by and is still reliable.


But no matter what, if you want 4x4, don't expect too good of gas mileage. Although I know people with blazers and can still get 20+ mpg.
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Old 06-09-2011, 01:15 PM   #5
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i actually got 24mpg highway in my 96' jeep grand cherokee. it had the i6 and wasnt lifted.
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Old 06-09-2011, 01:43 PM   #6
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Thanks all.

As for "Price" on things. not super worried but in the same way were not gettin silly rich with things and being stupid with buying some crazy stuff. She plans on buying it outright for the first time. Money wont be an issue... all I need to say. Again still want to be human and just get what is right the first time. Even considering a nice certified used, were not wasting anything. So as of now considering VW Tiguan... if we go crazy it would be the VW Toureg. We are big Diesel fans and would love anythign diesel so thats a help. Also considered VW cars with the TDI but she wants to stay in a smaller SUV thing as her splurge to be safe and likes being up higher than cars.

May try test driving the Libery and those when she physically can. Online they just don't impress me so hopiong in person they feel solid and quality. Wouldn't mind still ahving a trail friendly vehicle. And still love the Jeep. I am all about the Grand cherokee but she hates them for some reason. Bummer.
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Old 06-09-2011, 02:29 PM   #7
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me thinks u need to look into CRD Liberty's
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Old 06-09-2011, 02:30 PM   #8
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googling now
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Old 06-09-2011, 02:35 PM   #9
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Used Cars for Sale: Listings Near 10924 - Cars.com

Ignore the GC at the top.. Looks nice but it's no diesel
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Old 06-09-2011, 02:35 PM   #10
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yeah.... Where can I buy one.
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Old 06-09-2011, 02:52 PM   #11
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yeah.... Where can I buy one.
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Used Cars for Sale: Listings Near 10924 - Cars.com

Ignore the GC at the top.. Looks nice but it's no diesel
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Toyota FJ Cruiser or 4Runner.
Safe (top ratings in front, side and rear crash accordingly to IIHS)
Reliable and durable (Slide Show: 10 Cars That Will Make It Past 200,000 Miles - Toyota FJ Cruiser - Forbes.com)
Excellent dealer and warranty service (better than any "Detroit Big Three")
Very capable off-road - second only to the Rubicon, as good as any non-Rubicon Wrangler, and better than any non-Wrangler Jeep
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Toyota FJ Cruiser or 4Runner.
Safe (top ratings in front, side and rear crash accordingly to IIHS)
Reliable and durable (Slide Show: 10 Cars That Will Make It Past 200,000 Miles - Toyota FJ Cruiser - Forbes.com)
Excellent dealer and warranty service (better than any "Detroit Big Three")
Very capable off-road - second only to the Rubicon, as good as any non-Rubicon Wrangler, and better than any non-Wrangler Jeep
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Nissan Xterra Pro-4x or a used Xterra Offroad...available in six speed manual, e locker rear, good HP, torque, towing and tons of space for gear.
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My wife was looking at the Kia Sportage and Santa Fe, in addition to the VW Tiguan.

I have to admit, I was pretty impressed with the Kias. The interior looks great.
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if its on road kia is nice..... been around an 01 sportage (good on gas feels like a gocart) and an 03 sportage (much nice would consider owning one)

id go for a loaded up late model WJ (grand cherokee) or possibly an import just dont expect 4x4 capability to be anythin similar to a wrangler.....

not sure if the seating is an issue but a ranger with a cap is nice too
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So after a lot of tossing around... She is coming around to her senses.

Thinking 2 door Wrangler Sahara. She loved hers before so shes thinking go all out with the new one. Like Sahara for the painted flares and a few options. She will only be doing a few trails a YEAR at the most. And no need for anything more than basic 4x4. Im happy with it, nothing really gave me or her a good vibe that we liked it. This round were thinking heated seats for her, mirrors, hardtop in the pieces since she never even took the soft top off. Typical girl whos always "cold" even when hot. She would probably take off the top half and doors on good days. Im pumped. She likes the Burnt Orange. So I appreciate the ideas everyeone I showed her and helped her think while still sit here in the chair cause shes still waiting for surgery.

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