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Mid-size SUV/Crossover advice

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by curtismann, Jun 24, 2016.

  1. curtismann

    curtismann Silverton Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    So we weren't planning on shopping for a new vehicle any time soon, but the wifey's rig has given up the ghost. 2006 Chevy Trailblazer, with 141k on the "bulletproof" 4.2 liter 6, and Monday it throws a rod.
    The missus wants another mid-size SUV, preferably with a third row of seats. I don't think "all wheel drive" is a thing I want in my life. Four wheel drive, preferably with a locking diff tickles my fancy.
    Given the fact that GM can't torque rod carrier bolts to last more than 140k, any suggestions for the next Mann family truckster?
     
  2. SA Shooter

    SA Shooter Hillsboro, OR Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    We are doing the same thing and the list is huge! The number of options choices, features and differences in this market segment can be confusing. Since this one is for the wife I put together a spreadsheet for her to score things on a 1 (being the lowest) to 5 (being the highest) in the areas that are important to her, which are:
    - comfort
    - visibility
    - rear cargo room
    - driveability
    - power
    - does it have heated seats
    - does it have navigation
    - does it have remote start
    - ease of loading through the rear hatch
    - do the rear seats fold flat

    We are almost through the list and there have been some surprises. At this point, and these scores can be a bit subjective, here is how things have stacked up so far:

    Subaru Outback 6 cyl = 41 points
    Toyota Rav 4 = 40 points
    Nissan Rogue = 40 points
    Honda HR-V = 40 points
    Subaru Outback 4 cyl = 39 points
    Honda CR-V = 36 points
    Jeep Grand Cherokee = 35 points
    Nissan Murano = 34 points
    Dodge Durango = 33 points
    Jeep Cherokee = 26 points (ever seen a vehicle rock back in forth in time with the wipers when they are on high? This one does!)

    We still have 9 more models to go and I am also mapping out each maker's option package that meets her basic needs so I can start comparing prices, apple to apples so to speak.

    Once that is done we'll go back to look at 4 or 5 rigs that scored the highest to make a final decision. Then I get to negotiate the deal and, seriously, I am really looking forward to that.

    I'll be glad to share my simple spreadsheet. Just PM me your email address and I'll send it along.
     
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  3. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Toyota
    Honda
    Subaru
    Those are the only ones to buy. Not even close.
     
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  4. 308

    308 ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Platinum Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Subarus are nice. My Crosstrek feels underpowered but pulls a utility trailer with 2 Kayaks like they arent even there.

    The Subaru is assembled with a lot of plastic and the paint is so soft that minor road debris WILL chip the hood, apron and fenders with ease.
     
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  5. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    You really can't beat a Subaru for cost and reliability.

    Vehicles are way too expensive. Another thing to consider; almost all vehicles are mass produced as cheap as possible these days.

    Honda used to be bullet proof but after having to compete with kia, scion and such I thinknthey started cheapin out.

    My wife and I were looking at something bigger now that we had a 2nd child, but it's just way too much money.
     
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  6. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    i work for GM. my wife and i are going to buy a new toyota 4 runner if that says anything.:D
     
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  7. curtismann

    curtismann Silverton Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Going to go take a look at a previous generation (2006)Nissan Pathfinder tonight. Older than we had been looking for, but only 62k miles.
    Anybody got one, had one want one? Any experiences good, bad or indifferent?
     
  8. ZS27

    ZS27 Wilsonville OR Active Member

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    I used to be a honda certified tech and biggest thing I can say buying a used car is it doesn't matter what brand it is what matters is the maintenence pulled on it. Mainly oil and auto trans fluid. 4runner is going to be the toughest off road suv but the hold there value like crazy, an older pathfinder before they neutered them would be a cheaper option or an xterra but there isn't many real mid sized suvs anymore
     
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  9. x2ndxall

    x2ndxall WA Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    My wife drives an '09 Lexus GX470.
    She loves it, I love/hate it.
    Very reliable, very capable off-road, very comfortable. Horrible cup holders, horrible lack of places to put anything in the cockpit, 15.5 mpg, horrible design of rear hatch (opens to the side instead of upwards).

    Lots of other loves and hates, these are first to mind.
     
  10. x2ndxall

    x2ndxall WA Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    But if based purely on dependability, it's a definite winner.
     
  11. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    I'm KINDA diggin' the latest model Ford Explorers.... the lines remind me of a particular late model Range Rover I've seen while out bee-bopping.
     
  12. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Man lately with all the recalls and ridiculous amount of technology they put in them I'm losing trust more and more and would think about just buying an older vehicle.

    All the sensors that control braking scare me. What happens when they start going out?!

    Can't we have an option of a new car with low tech?
     
  13. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    no matter what sensor fails you always have base brakes unless there is a hydraulic leak.
     
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    Meridian7750 Portland Area Well-Known Member

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    I'll ask the lawyers.


    Sorry, they said no.
     
  15. SA Shooter

    SA Shooter Hillsboro, OR Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Just got back from doing some more shopping, grading and test driving. The Mazda CX-5 zipped right to the top. Doing some research now on consumer reviews, recalls, etc...on that model. I was very impressed with the standard features, price and design of the vehicle.
     
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  16. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I'm more concerned with it braking out of no where.
     
  17. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    yeah usually when a sensor fails a code will set in the electronic brake control module and defaults to base brakes. i have seen ONE time a bad lateral accelerometer on a cts-v cause it to brake while going straight. wasnt anything you could not control but was definitely not right. replaced the sensor. good to go.
     
  18. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I figured there was a safety back up.
    But doesn't mean I trust it.

    I have a Ford Escape that had a faulty electric throttle body. When I was driving down the freeway my throttle body would just shut down. Only on the freeway. And happened about once a week to every 2 weeks.
    I cleaned it out and it was better for a couple months then just started doing it a couple times a week.
    Of course ford said they never heard of it , but ford forums were full of the same issue. I replaced the throttle body and been perfect since.
    Then of course a year after I replaced it they "extended the warranty" on that part. Wouldn't call it a recall.
     
  19. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    likely a disagreement between throttle position sensor 1 and 2. now days the TP sensors are internal to the T-body in most cases
     
  20. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Well it was a big disagreement between me and the car at that point.
    That road flare and gas can was looking like a viable option for a while.
     
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