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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 06:11 PM
I am thinking about getting a new car. I wanted to get a new Sliverado but they are a little out of my range and I also need something I can carry proplr with me. I am thinking about getting a used SUV and want to spend between $15K and $20K. I looked at a '05 Grand Cherokee today, but it seemed a little small. Any suggestions?
 
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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 06:16 PM
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??? Not sure what this is, slowhand, but I have a '05 Grand Cherokee that I bought used and I really like it. Gets around (one of my priorities for weather and off-road trips) and it's a very comfortable ride for an SUV (my last vehicle was a Durango and the Jeep is a lot smoother than the Durango ever was). I've used the Jeep on road trips with other riders and everyone indicated they felt it was comfortable ride. Good luck with your new vehicle!

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 06:25 PM

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 06:27 PM
Sorry lolasdeb, hahaa, I meant it to say people


Thanks for the recomendation. I am a big guy and am worried that it may not be large enough on the inside.

[Edited on 8/8/2007 by Slowhand2555]

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 06:37 PM
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Sorry lolasdeb, hahaa, I meant it to say people

Thanks for the recomendation. I am a big guy and am worried that it may not be large enough on the inside.
[Edited on 8/8/2007 by Slowhand2555]
LOL - ah...people makes more sense I've had a variety of different size peoples drive mine and haven't heard any complaints. My sis is fairly short and it worked for her and my son is probably a little over 6' and he didn't have any problems. I always like to do the healthy test-drive (you know - out on the interstate, city streets, move seats all over, and play with all the gadgets) and that's what sold me on this one - it had a very smooth ride and drove well. Good Luck!

 

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  posted on 8/9/2007 at 12:32 AM
Been lookin at the new 2 door Altima...a little more than 20g , not sure if I wanna fork over the dough but its a sweet ride.

 

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  posted on 8/9/2007 at 04:05 AM

 

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  posted on 8/9/2007 at 05:07 AM
Get a Truck.

 

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  posted on 8/9/2007 at 07:19 AM
No matter what you decide on don't tell the salesman how much you have to spend, till you absolutely have to, if pre-owned is your route make sure you purchase an extended warranty.I usually buy a year old car with less than 5k miles w/ an extended warranty, just as good as a brand spankin new one to me. Last vehicle I bought an SUV w/ 3800 miles cost me 7k less than the same thing with zero miles on it but I had the same exact warranty, cars are terrible investments unles your buyin a Porsche 917 or a Ferrari Enzo, both outta mt budget. Just remember used, very low miles, and an extended warranty is the best wat to go.

 

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  posted on 8/9/2007 at 08:11 AM
A word of caution about extended warranties. Read and understand them before you purchase one. My experience is they are definitely worth the cost. I purchased a used GMC Sierra in 2003 with an extended warranty. It was an additional $850 dollars on the purchase price of $22,500. Over the course of the warranty (3 years, 50,000 miles) I saved nearly $3800 dollars on various repairs (including both power window motors, sensors on the front ABS system, parts for the four wheel drive system, CD/radio player, etc.). I've had some major issues with this truck and saved quite a bit due to the extended warranty. By the way, avoid the GMC Sierra. As you can see, I've had problems with mine.

I too, am looking to purchase a new ride in the next six months or so. I've been looking closely at the "cross-over" SUV's which are becoming more and more popular. I've debated another truck but am tired of paying for the gas (although I use it for what is was built for...hauling and towing various things). I've looked closely at the Toyota RAV4, Ford Edge and Escape, Nissan Murano, and Honda CRV. The better cross overs get better mileage and have more of a car-like ride. You can purchase a base Rav for $22,000 as well and a Ford Escape for around the same. The Nissan Murano (my first choice) and new Ford Edge are up in the high twenties however. As I live in upstate, NY (watertown area), I really need all wheel drive which makes the price a bit higher.

 

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  posted on 8/9/2007 at 08:41 AM
Go check the values of cars that are a couple years old. You will be shocked of how much the brand new ones decrease in value. It is sick-ning. If you can find a good one a year or so old, you will really take less of a hit. That is only thing I can say bad about brand new cars. The market now is full of good used cars. Just use caution if you live in a floor plain area. You dont get the full warranty buying used, but that depends on the age of the car.

Here is mine. Fully Depreciated and now starting in increase in value. After I paint it. LOL
Its a 3 on the tree. Small engine, decent gas mileage. No air, No power steering, No power brakes. All strong arm. And I can say the ABB's sound great off my ipod in this thing.

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  posted on 8/9/2007 at 08:55 AM
Yea I am definately not buying new, and have looked at quite a few different things. I drive a 93 Explorer now (which i despise just because its falling apart) Anyone here have a 04-06 Explorer? If so what do you think?
 

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  posted on 8/9/2007 at 09:39 AM
up untill last night, i owned a 2004 PT cruiser. i LOVED it. there was a TON of room in the back (especially with the seats out). but i started to have lots of major electrical problems. it started with the thermostat shoing the wrong temperature outside (showing -20 in the middle of july). then the drivers door lock went. then the check engine light, which required 2 new cam shaft sensors and a crank sensor (and still didnt fix the problem)

last night i went to the Jeep dealer and picked up a new 2007 Patriot 4x4. Its bigger than the liberty, but not as big as the Grand Cherokee (which i couldnt afford anyways)

i pick it up tomorrow, so i'll let ya know

 

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  posted on 8/9/2007 at 09:49 AM
Yeah, buy a Volvo! I got one.
 

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  posted on 8/9/2007 at 10:10 AM
buy japanese. the vehicle will last three times longer with less maintenence.

 

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  posted on 8/9/2007 at 10:24 AM
I love my Toyota!

 

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  posted on 8/9/2007 at 10:44 AM
Susea,

What Toyota do you own? I've been seriousluy considering a RAV4. I've heard great things about them. The Nissan Murano is a bit more spacious, however, which is why I'm leaning toward it over the RAV4. After all, one needs the room when packing for Mountain Jam or Gathering of the Vibes.

Also, I agree about the used option. I've never purchased a brand new car and always opted for a vehicle that is one or two years old. You avoid the depreciation costs at the sacrifice of some warranty protection, however. This may be my first brand new car.

 

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  posted on 8/9/2007 at 11:26 AM
I got a Camry but the new Rav4 has more room than last years model. I was always used to my Chevy conversion van but now I have adjusted fine and am happy!

 

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  posted on 8/9/2007 at 11:30 AM
i love my little focus zts.

its the second i've owned.

its in your price range,
and my gas mileage is about 35/hwy

 

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  posted on 8/9/2007 at 11:35 AM
I Love my Mazda 6

 

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  posted on 8/9/2007 at 11:36 AM
Get a Blue Car, I've had good luck with that color.

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  posted on 8/9/2007 at 11:37 AM
Before i actually sign the contract for a brand new shiny nice smelling car, i like to throw a half dozen Big Gulps in it, a few bags of ground up chips, some Big Mac wrappers, and of course, put some fries between the seats.

Then I ask myself if i really want to pay extra for a new car.

the answer is always no.

 

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Before i actually sign the contract for a brand new shiny nice smelling car, i like to throw a half dozen Big Gulps in it, a few bags of ground up chips, some Big Mac wrappers, and of course, put some fries between the seats.

Then I ask myself if i really want to pay extra for a new car.

the answer is always no.






I like that one...............

 

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  posted on 8/9/2007 at 12:00 PM
Me too. I think Ill try that. No doubt Ill pass on the brand new car and opt for a good used one. What do you think the salesperson will say when I bring it back to the lot looking a bit broken in?
 

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  posted on 8/9/2007 at 12:34 PM
Get a Volvo, new or used

 

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