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Looking for a new vehicle

Poll: This is NOT a Ford vs. Chevy poll. In each class, which one? (13 member(s) have cast votes)

Smaller SUVs

  1. Chevy Trailblazer (4 votes [36.36%])

    Percentage of vote: 36.36%

  2. Ford Explorer (7 votes [63.64%])

    Percentage of vote: 63.64%

Mid Sized SUV

  1. Chevy Tahoe (6 votes [54.55%])

    Percentage of vote: 54.55%

  2. Ford Expedition (5 votes [45.45%])

    Percentage of vote: 45.45%

Big honking SUVs

  1. Chevy Suburban (7 votes [63.64%])

    Percentage of vote: 63.64%

  2. Ford Excursion (4 votes [36.36%])

    Percentage of vote: 36.36%

Overall Choice

  1. Chevy Trailblazer (1 votes [9.09%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.09%

  2. Ford Explorer (2 votes [18.18%])

    Percentage of vote: 18.18%

  3. Chevy Tahoe (3 votes [27.27%])

    Percentage of vote: 27.27%

  4. Ford Expedition (2 votes [18.18%])

    Percentage of vote: 18.18%

  5. Chevy Suburban (2 votes [18.18%])

    Percentage of vote: 18.18%

  6. Ford Excursion (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  7. Ford Escape (1 votes [9.09%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.09%

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#1 User is offline   kage83 

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Post icon  Posted 03 June 2010 - 08:19 AM

Ok, I'll set up the situation. The wifey and I are looking to replace one of our two Buick's. We drove out to my brother's place last weekend for my new niece's baptism. There were us two and my one year old. We all fit in our car, but if we would have needed to stay longer, i'm not sure if we would have been able to fit everything in the car. With the planning of adding another youngster by this time next year, we were thinking it's time to get something bigger. Now if it were up to me I'd go straight for the Mongo Sized SUVs and not mess around in another two or three years when we (probably) add #3 to the family. But as marriages go, both sides get a voice. Because of the massive amounts of snow we got last year I was able to convince the wife that we needed something with more ground clearance and 4 wheel drive (I won this easily because it was me who had to dig the cars out ever time the snow drifted or we got more than 6"). So we're not looking at minivans or anything without 4 wheel drive.

The choices above are the vehicles that I've been looking at. Please don't just pick all Chevy's and post below, "Chevy's cause Fords suck!" That doesn't help me. Please post your reasons for choosing what you've chosen (i.e. the transmissions on X are junk). If there's other, similar vehicles that aren't on the list, post them. But keep in mind we're looking at used and somewhere in the $5-6K range for price.

This post has been edited by kage83: 03 June 2010 - 09:31 AM

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 09:03 AM

My wife drives an '02 Explorer, we got it used w/ very low mileage in the Fall of '04. We purchased it for the same reason you are looking into one - got shortly after our son was born. Something large enough to carry what we needed & the 4x4 is perfect as we get our fair amount of snow as well. We definitely didn't want a minivan, those are for families w/ 3+ kids... plus my wife hates them (as do I). It makes us crazy when we see people we know go out & buy a minivan just because they had their first child. Get a grip people :tdn:.

The only reason I voted Explorer is I can't stand the look of the Trailblazer comparatively, but that's just personal opinion.

The Explorer has been a great vehicle so far, the only issue has been wheel bearings. Each one has now been replaced at least once, the most recent one two months ago. Our mechanic (independent, not dealer) said he's seen a lot of Ford trucks w/ that issue. He suggested purchasing a GM truck/suv the next time as he has seen very little problems w/ those, nothing major or across the board as the bearing issue on Ford's. I imagine the Chevy has it's own little quirks but according to our guy it's a better option, that's why we'll likely be looking at a Tahoe when the wheels fall off ours (hopefully not literally). The Suburban is nice, but it really is huge... although it would be nice to be able to fit full sheets of plywood in the back :tup:.

You're gonna have to look hard to find a quality used suv in that price range. I guess if you don't plan to put a lot of miles on it you'll find something w/ high mileage to keep it cheap. We spent about 3x that on ours but it only had 17k miles on it. At 120k now, it should still run well for at least a few more years. *crosses-fingers*

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 09:05 AM

Kage. Can I throw another options in there? Ford Escape. Very roomy and nicer than the obsolete Explorer.


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Posted 03 June 2010 - 09:31 AM

Yeah, we've thought of the Escape, and it's an option. A good friend of mine has one that drives pretty nice. It's also in the running, but not on the poll because i've played with one before. The ones on the list are ones that i haven't had any experience with (unless you count the '88 Suburban that my folks owned as I grew up). But I'll put it on the overall choice if I can edit the poll.

EDIT: Ford Escape added to the poll.

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 09:32 AM

Where's the Jeeps?

Seriously, my step-mom sold her last one a few years ago with 300,000 miles on it and the guy who has it is still cruising around in it. Jeeps last forever.
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Posted 03 June 2010 - 10:03 AM

Small SUV: Ford Explorer. My father has one and had no complaints. The only issue is if you ever have to go to U-haul to rent a trailer. Because some people are idiots and rolled their Explorers with a U-haul trailer attached they won't let you rent one. However if you talk to a guy who doesn't mind bending the rules you can tell him you are going to put it on a trailblazer when you get it to the house.

Mid Sized: Chevy Tahoe. I know how much stuff the state troopers around here can put in one of those. For most families that can haul pretty much anything. If you need to haul building materials you can always get a trailer.

Big SUV: Suburban. Growing up in a family with 6 kids we had a 1970's Suburban for several years. If memory serves me right we had it all through the 80's and got rid of it in the early 90's because it was so rusted. By that time it my twin sister and I were the only kids left at home and the family got a Taurus. In the mid to late 90's the family had gone through two mini-vans and went back to a Suburban. The vans did not have enough guts to haul the pop up camper through the mountains of West Virgina and Pennsylvania. Also by that time my twin sister and I could not sit comfortably in the back seats of the vans for very long

Overall: Suburban. If you like to go camping in a tent there is enough cargo room to pack all your food, clothing, and gear for a month. If you like scenario games you can get at least six players, their gear, and camping supplies for the weekend. Also if you need to haul building supplies you can just fold down the rear seats and you have a fully enclosed pick-up truck.
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Posted 03 June 2010 - 10:31 AM

Porsche Cayenne? :dodgy:
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Posted 07 June 2010 - 10:50 AM

By a nice vehicle to do complete a nice tour really amazing.
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Posted 07 June 2010 - 10:53 AM

View PostPistolWhipped, on Jun 3 2010, 12:32 PM, said:

Where's the Jeeps?

Seriously, my step-mom sold her last one a few years ago with 300,000 miles on it and the guy who has it is still cruising around in it. Jeeps last forever.


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I want a Jeep.

To the OP:

How about a Leaf? :dodgy:

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 11:00 AM

I'm planning on actually investing in a Jeep as my next vehicle. Unless I find a good deal on a mid-size pickup. If I get the Jeep, I'll pick up a tow trailer for the stuff I'd need more space to move. After all, pay a bit more for a Jeep, and not have to constantly worry about it breaking down.
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Posted 07 June 2010 - 11:12 AM

Ford ford ford ford :dodgy:

Explorer :)

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 11:50 AM

Honestly all those vehicles are good choices because their American. Dodge does have the Durango you can look at for a mid size suv. Me personally prefer my pick-ups. Make sure you also get your new vehicle from a reputable dealer or a someone you can trust about the vehicle. If you do go through a private owner, make sure you can bring it to your machanic to have the vehicle looked over before you buy it. You should have to know how much money you are going to have to put into the vehicle before buying it so you might be able to get them to lower the price. In order to get a vehicle in the price range you are looking at you are going to be getting a high mileage. You're also going to have most likely have to get a vehicle probably no newer then a 20002 because you are looking at a suv. Well good luck in finding your vehicle.
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Posted 13 June 2010 - 11:52 AM

Jeep JK Unlimited. Should work for your needs. I prefer the older LJs though, and when I get back from this contract I'm gonna get one :)
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Posted 15 June 2010 - 04:36 AM

Lol, people using SUV's as glorified station wagons.

Also, Ford's blow.
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Posted 15 June 2010 - 10:32 AM

If station wagons didn't have the flaw of being too close to the ground, I'd consider one of them. But as it is, I dug my Buick out of the snow many times this winter and need something with more ground clearance.
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