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rodltg2
09-17-2007, 05:19 PM
i need to get the wife an SUV. Her jetta isn't going to cut it anymore.
although i would like to get a lexus 470 , i would like to stay under 30K.

i'm considering the Honda CR-V, Kia Sorento, Ford Edge.

any ideas, thoughts??

Leroy
09-17-2007, 05:26 PM
Used LX/GX 470 will fit your budget.

Leroy
09-17-2007, 05:28 PM
http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail.jsp;?tracktype=usedcc&searchType=21&pageNumber=0&numResultsPerPage=50&largeNumResultsPerPage=0&sortorder=descending&sortfield=PRICE+descending&certifiedOnly=false&criteria=K-%7CE-%7CM-_27_%7CB-30000%7CD-_1303_%7CN-N%7CR-10000%7CI-1%7CP-PRICE+descending%7CQ-descending%7CZ-46202&aff=starnews&paId=241447122&recnum=8&leadExists=true

Lennyp04
09-17-2007, 05:29 PM
A used tahoe or maybe even new trailblazer would do the trick

rodltg2
09-17-2007, 05:29 PM
i found one, but 30K with 79miles. low mile ones jump up quick.

rodltg2
09-17-2007, 05:35 PM
http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail.jsp;?tracktype=usedcc&searchType=21&pageNumber=0&numResultsPerPage=50&largeNumResultsPerPage=0&sortorder=descending&sortfield=PRICE+descending&certifiedOnly=false&criteria=K-%7CE-%7CM-_27_%7CB-30000%7CD-_1303_%7CN-N%7CR-10000%7CI-1%7CP-PRICE+descending%7CQ-descending%7CZ-46202&aff=starnews&paId=241447122&recnum=8&leadExists=true

thanks, looks good but i just couldnt spend almost 30K on a 6 y/o SUV.
if i go used, i dont want older than 2 years

Sodar
09-17-2007, 05:55 PM
A used tahoe or maybe even new trailblazer would do the trick

I agree! Hey Rod... I am getting rid of my '04 Tahoe, if you are interested. I bought it new in '05 and have an extended warranty until 75k or 4 years

BrianM
09-17-2007, 05:56 PM
My parents just picked up a Toyata Rav4 Limited with 4wd and V6. I have to say it is the most impressive small (not really that small anymore) SUV I have seen. Give it a look.

The other thought is Subaru. Can't say enough good things about my wifes Outback and it fills the same small SUV/crossover purpose.

TRBenj
09-17-2007, 05:56 PM
Rav4? Highlander? I love my 4Runner.

Footin
09-17-2007, 05:56 PM
Can't go wrong with a Trailblazer or Envoy, both great vehicles.

chevy08bud
09-17-2007, 06:02 PM
What about a Toureg? Or if you want to blow your budget, buy her a Cayenne.

Prostar in Michigain
09-17-2007, 06:03 PM
id also say tahoe or trailblazer

rodltg2
09-17-2007, 06:06 PM
tahoe might be to big and burn too much gas.

Archimedes
09-17-2007, 06:08 PM
Whatever you do, don't buy her a Turdegg.

H20BOY
09-17-2007, 06:09 PM
My wife had a Trailblazer, best vehicle I have ever owned. We put 110,000 miles and never had a bit of trouble. It drove the as good the day we sold it as when it was new. It is still in the family, my dad bought it to pull behind a motorhome.

rodltg2
09-17-2007, 06:15 PM
Whatever you do, don't buy her a Turdegg.


i wont, too much $$. plus ive had my fill with german cars for awhile.

skysfix
09-17-2007, 07:02 PM
get at least a tahoe sized suv. crash ratings are way better than the small crv type.

JDK
09-17-2007, 07:29 PM
get at least a tahoe sized suv. crash ratings are way better than the small crv type.

Wrong.
http://www.automotive.com/new-cars/safety/02/suvs/index.html

If you're looking for a smaller SUV, the Rav4 and the CRV are pretty much at the top of the heap (and you can now get a v6 in the Rav). These 2 vehicles also have unbelievable re-sale (I'm told it's among the best of all cars and trucks made).

BrianM
09-17-2007, 07:47 PM
I just read this comparison on the small SUVs the other day. Good read. They put the Rav4 at the top

http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/Comparos/articleId=122496

BrianM
09-17-2007, 07:49 PM
Wrong.
http://www.automotive.com/new-cars/safety/02/suvs/index.html

If you're looking for a smaller SUV, the Rav4 and the CRV are pretty much at the top of the heap (and you can now get a v6 in the Rav). These 2 vehicles also have unbelievable re-sale (I'm told it's among the best of all cars and trucks made).
I agree. Can't get better than 5 star all around. Not to mention most of the smaller SUVs are better in rollover.

X2M
09-17-2007, 07:49 PM
Hi Rod. :) If you are looking to have kids anytime in the near future. A bigger SUV like a Tahoe, TrailBlazer, Envoy...etc. is going to be smart for space and safety. Carseats, strollers, booster seats and diaper bags take up alot of room. :twocents:

Good luck with the search.:)

rodltg2
09-17-2007, 08:00 PM
well thats why we are looking to get an suv...

Lennyp04
09-17-2007, 10:07 PM
We have a suburban right now which is not waht your looking for. Tahoes are the size car you want because you can put the back seat in and take all your groceries or take ur stuff to the lake. You also have the option to leave the third row in and carry the kids around. All in all its your choice, and I know how expensive gas is for the suburban. The tahoe or trailblazer sound like they would fit your needs perfectly

6ballsisall
09-17-2007, 10:22 PM
Do you need something that can tow your boat or not??

rodltg2
09-17-2007, 10:37 PM
no it doesnt need to be able to tow but it wouldnt hurt//

6ballsisall
09-17-2007, 11:07 PM
no it doesnt need to be able to tow but it wouldnt hurt//


My wifes Tahoe is nice (2007 model-new body) Hers is a 2 wheel drive w/ the 4.8 liter motor. It does decent on gas, I don't think the little SUV's will get you much more and you certainly can't tow an inboard with them. Plus the room is MUCH nicer in a large SUV. My wife had a Jeep Grand Cherokee before this that she really liked. However, with car seats and a stoller in the back, you were done when it came to space.

Bruce
09-17-2007, 11:34 PM
How about mid-sized? My wifes Honda Pilot is a great ride and seats 8. You should be able to find a used one in your price range.

wakolman
09-18-2007, 12:25 AM
Consumer Reports put the 4Runner in the "Good Bets for making 200,000 miles" column. (All cars were Toyota, Honda, and Lexus, go figure)

http://finance.yahoo.com/loans/article/103446/drive-your-car-to-death-save-31,000

We bought a new one just over a year ago. Now we have a 15 mo. old and wish we had more room. The 4 runner is fine for towing the boat if you don't have to do any highway or freeway driving (we have the 260 hp v-6, 4x4). I towed to boat about an hour away on the interstate and noticed that I didn't like the way it tracked behind the SUV (Realize that I am comparing it to towing it with my Crew Cab Duramax). Even though the boat is well under the max. towing capacity it seemed to take too much weight off the front of the truck, and the fuel economy went from 22 to about 13 (per computer).

We are wishing we would have looked at the Sequoia or Tahoe. The fuel savings isn't that big of a factor for us considering we get the added room. Assuming 15,000 miles/yr.
4Runnner: 15,000 miles/20 mpg=750 gal. fuel per yr. ----> 750 gal. x $3.00 per gal.=$2250
Tahoe: 15,000 miles/16 mpg=937 gal. fuel per yr. ----> 937 gal. x $3.00 per gal.=$2811

PS. Did anyone know that Carmax sells new vehicles? I found out by checking their website, and the Milwaukee location sells new Chevy and Toyota. Their pricing is very aggressive! $6000 off MSRP for a New 4Runner Ltd.

bcampbe7
09-18-2007, 12:26 AM
How 'bout the GMC Acadia. It's new, but I think you can find them under $30K.
http://www.gmc.com/acadia/acadia/index.jsp

PendO
09-18-2007, 12:31 AM
Rod, I really can't picture you in anything but a Lexus or one of those minivan looking Mercedes ...

my wife called me today so I could meet her at lunch and put $90.05 into the Suburban:) (pretty much fill it up every week)

wakolman
09-18-2007, 12:36 AM
put $90.05 into the Suburban:) (pretty much fill it up every week)

Ouch........

TRBenj
09-18-2007, 09:55 AM
The 4 runner is fine for towing the boat if you don't have to do any highway or freeway driving (we have the 260 hp v-6, 4x4). I towed to boat about an hour away on the interstate and noticed that I didn't like the way it tracked behind the SUV (Realize that I am comparing it to towing it with my Crew Cab Duramax). Even though the boat is well under the max. towing capacity it seemed to take too much weight off the front of the truck, and the fuel economy went from 22 to about 13 (per computer).
My '07 4Runner tows my boat just fine (~3000 miles this year). Then again, I have the V8 and a tandem trailer. The boat+trailer weighs in under 4k lbs, and I saw 12-14 mpg when towing. I regularly get 18-20 mpg, mostly highway.

whirli
09-18-2007, 09:58 AM
trailblazer ss

6.0 litre corvette engine, 395hp. Around 20mpg on the highway. 13sec quarter.

Can't go wrong with that

Ryan
09-18-2007, 10:12 AM
I could have sold you my 4Runner... two weeks ago.

Jorski
09-18-2007, 10:31 AM
I have had three 4runners (for my wife) and I think very highly of them. Great to drive and ultra-dependable, they just don't break down. Last one was the V8, plenty of towing power and very nice to drive.

Just got a new 2007 Tahoe LTZ. This is one very nice car, comfortable, lots of room and doesn't "drive" nearly as big as you would guess. That being said, it is a big truck and it it is not the most parking lot friendly thing on the road, and it does use a lot more gas than the old 4Runner. We decided on the Tahoe becausse our kids want to bring friends to the cottage, and we are always car pooling to my sons hockey games, or my daughter's figure skating, so we wanted a third row...and couldn't come to terms with a min-van.

In the end, I think that my wife preferred the 4 Runner, and I prefer the Tahoe.To each his own.:cool:

MIMC
09-18-2007, 10:31 AM
Saturn VUE - Great ride, safety, mpg! If looking used like an 05' or 06' get the V6 - great engine lots of power! New VUE's are nice as well. Possibly the new Saturn Outlook (new cross over), probbaly could get one just under $30k plus 5yr/100k powertrain warranty.

Ben
09-18-2007, 10:40 AM
Hate to say it, but have you looked @ minivans? Wife love's the '03 Odyssey we just got. Me too, best thing to have if kids are the primary reason for your vehicle swap. Better mileage, much easier to get in/out of and lower insurance (rollover). Also has a lot more space than small SUV. After 1 (definitely 2) kids, you'll have more crap than you know existed to take with you.

It was sad selling the F350 CC 4x4 Diesel to pay for the van though, but I just keep in mine that my toy floats instead of rides on tires...

30+ mpg hwy with me & the dog & the A/C off. 22mpg loaded around town.

Plus, it will tow up to 3500 lbs. We don't tow much though, I think this may be the case for you too.

rodltg2
09-18-2007, 01:31 PM
i've tried the minivan pitch and she wont go for it..

rodltg2
09-26-2007, 07:24 PM
we went with a Black 07' Jeep grand cherokee. nice ride so far...

dmayer84
09-26-2007, 07:38 PM
we went with a Black 07' Jeep grand cherokee. nice ride so far...

Did you go for the SVT?

Leroy
09-26-2007, 08:20 PM
You did well if you got that for less than 30k.


we went with a Black 07' Jeep grand cherokee. nice ride so far...