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Old 07-14-2014, 06:56 PM
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My daughter will be driving shortly and my wife and I are thinking about a 3rd vehicle. Criteria:

4wd
Seats 4 to 5
Reliable
Safe

Thinking 6 - 8K in used market

Towing capability a plus.

Suggestions?

Considering Jeep Wrangler Hard-top which may be a bit more spendy than this range.

Don't get a teenager a Jeep wrangler. They will flip over easier than any other vehicle. Very short wheelbase.
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Old 07-14-2014, 07:42 PM
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Don't get a teenager a Jeep wrangler. They will flip over easier than any other vehicle. Very short wheelbase.
I agree, my son will be 16 next year and the plan is to give him my Trailblazer. It will have about 160k on it by then.
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Old 07-14-2014, 09:03 PM
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Don't get a teenager a Jeep wrangler. They will flip over easier than any other vehicle. Very short wheelbase.
My first vehicle was a 95 wrangler.. Great rig, but I don't recommend a jeep to anyone for daily driving. A Jk might be nice to drive daily though.. I pulled a couple atvs with mine fairly often, 4cyl 5 speed.. Couldn't get in a hurry anywhere.
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Old 07-14-2014, 10:10 PM
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Don't know if you'd want the fuel consumption, but what about an older Tahoe/Expedition? Seems like they would meet your criteria.
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Old 07-15-2014, 07:04 AM
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Good point on jeep.

my daughter takes after my wife and will top out at 5ft in height so a tahoe/expedition is a bit too big

Saw a 4runner w 200k miles for 4500....looks like a garage queen too

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Old 07-15-2014, 10:04 AM
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You can find absolutely cherry 2004 Land Rover Discovery II's in that range easily and the early LR3's in that range too. Both are excellent tow vehicles for a PS. Neither would ever be called fuel efficient though.
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:22 AM
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Subaru Outback or Legacy. Safe, reliable, pretty efficient and awd. Great cars for a teenager IMHO. No towing though.
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:25 AM
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2000-2005 4runner. the v6 is almost bullet proof. my son now 21 has had his since he was 15. never a concern with him driving back and forth to college. just stay away from the rwd one.
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:25 AM
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Good point on jeep.

my daughter takes after my wife and will top out at 5ft in height so a tahoe/expedition is a bit too big

Saw a 4runner w 200k miles for 4500....looks like a garage queen too

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My wife is 4'10" and is very comfortable in her 2001 Infiniti QX4 (01-04 Pathfinder). She has a hard time driving my '96 Tahoe. We tow the boat with both. I am trying to find an '05-up Pathfinder with the third row seat for her to test drive, but they aren't below $8-9k around here yet.

As far as fuel mileage there is little difference between the mid size V6 SUVs and the full size V8s. Typically see 17-20 average on both. Not just my two, I work for a dealer and customize vehicles for a living so I talk to a lot of people on the subject and have owned almost 40 vehicles myself.

So far a good list, Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, 4Runner, Pathfinder, etc. Find one in great shape and go from there.
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:45 AM
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Another vote for a 96-02 4Runner. They're big enough to do about anything you need, but not so big it's annoying. The 3.4 v6 is a great motor. My 99 has 200k on it and still kickin. IMO the 03-09 are too big.
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