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Old 11-19-2012, 07:55 AM
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I test drove the x5 and thought it felt small. I'm 5'8'' so I'm wondering what your reactions are...

Heard the Cayenne and Tourag are basically the same vehicle.

I'd look at an Audi
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:08 AM
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Thanks everyone for all the great feed back. I haven't test drove anything yet. Most likely will get on it this week. I am adding the Audi Q7 to the mix. I'm not liking the $300 for an oil change on the Cayenne. In regards to the Cayenne pulling better than the Tahoe I have a hard time believing that. Ours is amazing. We had an Expedition before the Tahoe and it doesn't compare. I've had the boat full of gas, car loaded for the weekend with everything plus kids and dog and the Tahoe doesn't miss a beat pulling up the hills in Northwest CT. The Tahoe LTZ is the best car we've owned. Absolutely love it. I will let you know what I find after my test drives. Thanks for all the input.

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Old 11-19-2012, 08:23 AM
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Audi Q7

I would also suggest the Audi Q7. I have the 2012 Audi Q5 and love it. In fact, it's the only car I've ever owned that I like more, the longer I've had it.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:52 AM
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My wife LOVES her 2005 Cayenne S,.... The 2004 Cayenne's are the ones to really steer clear of. Ours has the cooling pipes replaced with aluminum, which seemed to be one of the major problems. We test drove an X5, which she did not like at all. Drove the Rover, (which I steered her VERY clear of) I have a Tahoe which I tow with. Not sure I would do much towing with the Cayenne as I want to keep the service issues to a minamum on that rig. My 25 cents worth.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:56 AM
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i have never owned a Cayenne but have always thought they look great. i know they just came out with a tdi version. i have a 2012 touareg that i simply love so far. i have had tahoe's, sequoia's and land cruisers and this is my favorite vehicle and it also tows great! 100,000 warranty and 3 years zero maintance.
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My wife LOVES her 2005 Cayenne S,.... The 2004 Cayenne's are the ones to really steer clear of. Ours has the cooling pipes replaced with aluminum, which seemed to be one of the major problems. We test drove an X5, which she did not like at all. Drove the Rover, (which I steered her VERY clear of) I have a Tahoe which I tow with. Not sure I would do much towing with the Cayenne as I want to keep the service issues to a minamum on that rig. My 25 cents worth.
DZ thanks for the info. Do the oil changes average $300! I have a 2005 I am looking at low mileage but I tend to put 15-20k on a year. Will this thing end up costing me $$$. My E350 Benz has been great just regular wear and tear.
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:07 AM
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I would throw the Lexus GX470 in the mix.

Comfortable and very capable off road, tow well and are built like tanks.

Used to have a Mercedes ML, but really digging our GX470.

Considered the X5 or a late model ML, but having owned German cars for MANY years (VW-BMW-Mercedes), they are simply maintenance intensive.
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I'll throw in my 2 cents.....

First off, are you talking about a brand new car, a year or two old, or even older?

We looked at the 07' X5 with the V8.....loved it and it handled great. Enjoyed it so much that we bought it but within 12 hours of ownership, electrical problems crept up. Seat heaters turning off, headlights flashing off, engine stumbling. Called them up and returned the vehicle the next day. That said, it was an awesome driving vehicle and I think this might of been an isolated vehicle. I'd still consider BMW's in the future.....

My wife loved the Cayenne too. We looked at 04' and 05' rigs but they had to be fast, so "S" or "turbo" was a requirement. The turbo was a blast to drive and I wanted it to work out sooooo bad, but it just seemed like the interior couldn't hold up to wear very well. Just saw a ton of Cayenne's that seem to fall apart pretty quickly. So I was concerned about the fit and finish.

I tried the Lexus GX (Landcruiser) rig and it was nice, but a little gutless. Again, this was in the era of 2006 - 2007. A little disappointed on the acceleration because I know my wife wants that "fast" feeling car.

We did briefly look at the Lexus RX350's (you know, the egg shaped SUV's) and was unimpressed to say the least on acceleration. The salesguy told us we should try the RX400h (Hybrid).....wow, huge difference! Extremely quick and felt like a V8 for sure! Although I'm not fond of lines, my wife liked the acceleration! I will say it does not handle like the X5 or Cayenne in corners, but accelerates in a straight line great! And we get around 26 mpg combined.

So, we bought the 07' RX400h a few years ago. I must say, other than maintenance, it hasn't cost us hardly anything. And now at 96k, still a very solid, well put together vehicle. After all, it's a Toyota. We even take it to the Toyota dealer for servicing instead of Lexus. I'd rather spend $75 for 3 oil changes vs. $80 for one (at Lexus).

I can't complain about Lexus at all. Very reliable from my experience. Yea, it's not fancy or have much "bling"....but it's a great car.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:23 PM
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we have an '08 X5, 4.8, sport, loaded and love it ... fantastic car with lots of room ... i'm 6'3" and there is plenty of room ... i will get another without thinking about it ... although the 2013 Q7 has wifi hotspot built in
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:41 PM
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I can't complain about Lexus at all. Very reliable from my experience. Yea, it's not fancy or have much "bling"....but it's a great car.

This seemed like an appropriate response:

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