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04-28-2013 06:28 PM  5 years agoPost 41
outhouse

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Japanese vehicles in general have had metal issues. I know the 2005 Toyota Tacoma had a recall due to frames cracking.

These comments are great and get me to research things more specifically.

Like I said in an earlier post, the aura of the perfect car in a Honda or Toyota needs to be researched.
I work for Toyota, and were not seeing any frame issues at all coming in on any Tacoma. that was a East coast rust issue, so they extended their rust coverage to 15 years.

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04-28-2013 08:41 PM  5 years agoPost 42
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2011 Pilot
My daughter bought a new 2011 Pilot a few years ago. Very good vehicle.
Has 30K on it now, no problems since new period. Can't say that about the Chrysler vehicles I have had. Every one of them has had something go wrong in the first year.......

The Pilot replaced a 2000 Accord that had 179K on it. It was bulletproof as well.

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04-28-2013 09:37 PM  5 years agoPost 43
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Nissan Pathfinder. Fits all her required needs. Love mine even though it's a 2007. Also love the pilot but is slightly larger.

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04-28-2013 11:44 PM  5 years agoPost 44
Crazy Horse

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one of these?
these aren't to bad

http://www.jeep.com/hostc/bmo/CUJ20.../2DF/summary.do

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04-28-2013 11:45 PM  5 years agoPost 45
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Mileage is a consideration. Car companies need to work harder to get mileage up. Mazda is the leader with their smaller SUV's in the 30+ range highway.

Looked at the Highlanders today... mileage not good. I don't know if it's just me and don't take offense but Toyota styling is really kind of goofy. It just looks like they having some kind of identity crisis.

I know I sound like I'm shooting lots of cars down for one reason or another but in the end something and possibly one of what we talked about will be it. I still like the Mazda CX5 for looks, value and interior simplicity even with all the bells and whistles. They do a great job with technology integration. Plus the mileage is awesome.

We did look at the Infinity's last weekend and balked a little at the pricing. I don't think mileage there was that great either.

Jeep Compass? No like.

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04-29-2013 02:53 AM  5 years agoPost 46
outhouse

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Infiniti is power, never mileage.

Toyota is changing the Highlander so the 14 will be a new rig, and competitive in styling, instead of the 5 year old run were on now.

We have a dodge/jeep store we are attached to a mile down the road, don,t do it.

In no rig will you find room and power, and good MPG.

If you want a good ride then you cant have some light beer can either.

Sucks, I loved the older Tahoes and Yukons but you cant afford to drive them anymore

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04-29-2013 07:10 AM  5 years agoPost 47
Crazy Horse

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afford to drive it
Ability to afford to drive them is pretty subjective. Based on gas 3.25 a gallon for every 10000 miles the perspective SUV is driven..

mazda @ 30mpg will use approx. $1083
Tahoe @ 15mpg will use approx. $2166

most Tahoe will do a little better than that so the margin is even narrower

guess its up to the user if 1000 bucks or 2000 bucks if ya drive more like 20k miles per year renders a larger nicer riding suv "unaffordable" to drive or if they really "need" that starbucks habit

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04-29-2013 02:03 PM  5 years agoPost 48
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Personally I do not know why anyone spending 40K on a SUV would even care how many miles per gallon it got as they should have a decent amount of money to throw away. In 5 years it will be worth approx 20% of the purchase price so you are basically loosing $6500 a year just in deprecation not to mention the $600 to $700 a month payment on a 5 year term. If I was loosing over a grand a month I would make sure I get something I REALLY like to drive

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04-29-2013 02:04 PM  5 years agoPost 49
hootowl

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Yea I was a big fan of the Chevy's and GMC's. Wife drove a full size 94 Blazer from 95 till 2004. That's when she downsized to the Buick Rainier.

I personally owned
89 Chevy 1500

90 Chevy 1500

93 Chevy 2500 6.5TD

97 Chevy 2500 6.5TD

2001 GMC Dmax

Now driving 2004 Dodge Cummins

Seriously though outhouse, that CX5 Mazda is pretty decent in size for 30 mpg.

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04-29-2013 02:26 PM  5 years agoPost 50
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My wife and I are in the market for a new SUV as well. There are many great suggestions and points on many current vehicles. We've driven the BMW X3, X5 and Jeep Grand Cherokee. We are leaning mostly towards the new Jeep Grand Cherokee. My wife has an 02 Jeep Liberty that has over 160k on it and I've never twisted a wrench on it. It's been a great vehicle for sure. She likes her Jeeps so I think that's what we'll be getting into sometime in the near future.

Best of luck on your decision.

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04-29-2013 02:45 PM  5 years agoPost 51
hootowl

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The Grand Cherokees are really nice. For my wife who is looking at same or smaller than the Rainier, it's just too big. They are hot items these days.

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04-29-2013 02:48 PM  5 years agoPost 52
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I understand. We've just outgrown the Liberty; happens I guess, right?

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04-29-2013 03:39 PM  5 years agoPost 53
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Stay away from the Jeep Liberty. If you like the CX5 then get that. Good mileage and you like all the other points about it so go for it.

All of them will have one short coming or another but it sounds to me like you are excited about the CX 5. Not perfect either but more perfect for you than the others.

It is smart to consider fuel mileage and the Mazda has good numbers. We had a Mazda 3 and other than the ususal maintenance had no issues.

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04-29-2013 09:36 PM  5 years agoPost 54
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Seriously though outhouse, that CX5 Mazda is pretty decent in size for 30 mpg.
Yep

The size of the Rav4 that gets 31 mpg

[actually rav4 pencils out larger int specs]

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04-29-2013 09:53 PM  5 years agoPost 55
outhouse

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My sierra is almost like your first truck

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04-29-2013 10:43 PM  5 years agoPost 56
hootowl

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I didn't know they were still making stepsides. Nice truck. What's the little car? Prius?

Feels like the CX5 is larger though. Not sure why. I think the RAV4 has grown over the years.

CX5 comes in a under $30,000 (32 sticker) out the door after dealing, fully loaded, moonroof, Nav, AWD tech package. I think I can get them to come down even more. That was the first "let me talk to my manager" LOL

How does the RAV compare

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04-29-2013 11:51 PM  5 years agoPost 57
hootowl

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Got a compare on the Toyota site ... Toyota loses with the RAV4 AWD Lmt

The CX5 gets better mileage and has more hp, tq both at lower engine rpms and higher towing capacity.

http://www.toyota.com/rav4/compare....898/35577/35553

Wife keeps saying she really likes the looks of the Acura RDX. I'm not getting good vibes here on that car.

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04-30-2013 01:03 AM  5 years agoPost 58
hootowl

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Just read this review between the Acura RDX and the Infinity EX37

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories...ti-ex37-675118/

It cracked me up when one of the last sentances after all of the comparisons said this...
In the end: Lovers of the tried-and-true who need a real back seat would find the Acura a more rewarding purchase, while people interested in pushing the envelope and not carrying passengers or cargo might find the EX37 a better choice. Me? I don't find enough delight in either not to save almost half my money and get a Mazda CX-5.

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04-30-2013 04:28 PM  5 years agoPost 59
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What's the little car? Prius?
Yep, at that time is was the first Prius C off the truck.

I just ditched it last month, talk about value.

0 down, financed 84 months at 3;24% and had value in the car [equity] I had to pay a little of my tax and license to get out of it.

Bought a regular prius in a sport edition that is much nicer
Nice truck.
Thanks man, being a mechanic by trade, and now selling cars, all I can say is I like that truck a lot.

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04-30-2013 06:33 PM  5 years agoPost 60
hootowl

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Yea I've done a couple of Goodwrench engine replacements in one of my trucks and a friend of mine's. Also did the infamous intake gasket replacement on Wife's 94 Blazer 350.

So was the Prius a lease? Or bought outright and you either traded or sold private?

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