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    Car Decision

    I am terrible at making decisions, I'm looking at the following..

    1) Jeep Wrangler Unlimited - bad fuel economy, poor reliability?, but living near mountains and off road opportunities soon....

    2) Used Lexus or Infiniti - comfortable, high quality, great driving, probably most practical.

    3) crossover of some type, I have dogs that go for rides with us. If I get the cars in #2, then no dogs riding in those.

    4) vw gti, vw reliability is garbage, gti seems to have nice performance and very comfortable and fun to drive.

    5) various others, had an xterra and liked it okay, had a 4runner and liked it okay, not great gas mileage, but capable and road friendly.

    No kids yet, but soon..


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    Re: Car Decision

    Better get #2 and throw a rug in the back seat for the dog.



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    Re: Car Decision

    Maybe an Equinox for the dogs and AWD capability??? You will be unhappy with the Jeep Wrangler.



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    Re: Car Decision

    Get a nice used mini van. Economical, good for hauling, and works for kids. There are one's that look sharp. If you go to your favorite dealer, they may take you to the auction and for 5-600 over what they pay, get you a low mileage vehicle. Cars are simply a money pit, they only depreciate. Just my nickels worth.



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    Re: Car Decision

    Quote Originally Posted by simply1 View Post
    Lexus or Infiniti ... most practical.
    I generally don't think of Lexus or Infiniti as practical. Is $ an issue or is it just performance and off-roading?



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    Re: Car Decision

    The best I can think of: Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. Get 4wd with a Hemi. Therefore you get performance, room for kids, room for dogs, offroading ability of some sort.



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    Quote Originally Posted by AIBClone View Post
    The best I can think of: Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. Get 4wd with a Hemi. Therefore you get performance, room for kids, room for dogs, offroading ability of some sort.
    This.



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    Quote Originally Posted by heyguy85 View Post
    Maybe an Equinox for the dogs and AWD capability??? You will be unhappy with the Jeep Wrangler.
    I may test one of these, what did you hate about the wrangler?


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    Re: Car Decision

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUtamu View Post
    I generally don't think of Lexus or Infiniti as practical. Is $ an issue or is it just performance and off-roading?
    Well comfort is important to some degree as I had back surgery 2 years ago, and prefer a higher quality seat. My wife's car is an insight, and I hate driving that thing just from seat/positioning. Moving to an area where the great outdoors are handy, and I like to fish/ski so I'm thinking I will want some off roading. Performance isn't a priority, but it's a major city and I would like some giddyup dealing with the traffic type issues. That said, I can probably get an older truck for doing the fishing thing later

    I'm looking at $25k-$32k.


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    Re: Car Decision

    Quote Originally Posted by simply1 View Post
    4) vw gti, vw reliability is garbage, gti seems to have nice performance and very comfortable and fun to drive.
    My cousin had a GTI. It was always broken down and expensive as hell to fix. He had more money in to fixing it than he originally spent on it.



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    Re: Car Decision

    I am terrible at making decisions, I'm looking at the following..

    1) Jeep Wrangler Unlimited - bad fuel economy, poor reliability?, but living near mountains and off road opportunities soon....
    Terrible daily driver. Harsh ride, slow, and terrible gas mileage. If you decide later that you want one, pick up a used one.

    2) Used Lexus or Infiniti - comfortable, high quality, great driving, probably most practical.
    I just bought a 4 door G35X(awd) sedan with 25K miles for $27K and it's has an additional 3 year warranty added to it. Couldn't be happier. I can see that I'll be lucky to get 22mpg but it does have over 300hp.

    3) crossover of some type, I have dogs that go for rides with us. If I get the cars in #2, then no dogs riding in those.
    My wife has a Nissan Rogue. She's been happy with it. No reliability issues and gets about 25mpg. Good choice if you're planning on kids/animals.

    4) vw gti, vw reliability is garbage, gti seems to have nice performance and very comfortable and fun to drive.
    I bought a new GTI back in 2009. I only put 20Km miles on it but while I had it, it was a good car with no reliability issues. After the GTI I bought a Mazdaspeed 3. A lot faster and hardcore but not as refined. None of these types of cars would be good with kids.

    5) various others, had an xterra and liked it okay, had a 4runner and liked it okay, not great gas mileage, but capable and road friendly.

    No kids yet, but soon.


    Sounds to me like you should check out some of the crossovers. Also, don't forget about the Subaru's. AWD and reliable.



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    Re: Car Decision

    Some other questions I would ask.

    What % of your time do you plan on using this car for commuting or driving around as opposed to off-road? My guess is that less than 1% of the time will be spent off-road. Are you willing to give up the comfort, reliability, etc the other 99% of the time.

    What's more important performance or gas mileage?

    What kind of ride would you like? Soft or sporty?

    Are you used to driving an SUV? My wife has gotten so used to driving her Rogue that she feels weird driving a car.

    Have you thought about a multiple car approach? Buy a used Honda Accord or something similar for $16K and a $10K used Jeep. There you're getting the best of both worlds. I also doubt that you want to do a bunch of hard core off-road driving in your daily driver.



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    That would be my last choice. Small back seat and the IS250 is slow. Doesn't ride like a normal Lexus (soft).



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    Re: Car Decision

    My buddy just got an GMC Acadia.....very nice and lots of room for the dogs.

    or I have a Porsche Cayenne......it has a built in netting connected to the back seat to the ceiling (see pic below), great to keep my 2 German Short Hairs in the back end. If you are looking for something fun to drive, has all wheel drive and something that can transport dogs, this might be somthing to look for. used ones are not that bad.




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