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Old 03-20-2013, 09:00 AM   #1
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looking to buy a used suv soon - advice?

We'd like to buy a smallish SUV - NOT a gas guzzler (do they make those - ha!)

My van is on its last leg probably with 192k miles...

We know NOTHING about SUV's. My bro has driven the tank, suburban, my sil the tahoe someone had a forerunner....so I've been in them - but that's about all.

I'm guessing we will be getting something that's at least 10yrs old (cause they are cheaper!)...just wondering which ones to check out.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:10 AM   #2
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I'm not sure a 2003 or earlier SUV that ISN'T a gas guzzler exists...
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:17 AM   #3
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I'm not sure a 2003 or earlier SUV that ISN'T a gas guzzler exists...
yep...that's what I'm afraid of...

what year would be good to start with? Maybe we'll put it off longer & save some more cash....
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:20 AM   #4
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I agree with the PP. SUVs are not known for their fuel effeciency and old SUVs even less so.

Here is a link to the government's estimated Gas Mileage for 2003 SUVs:
http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/bycla...icle2003.shtml

Personally, I would go with a Subaru.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:23 AM   #5
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I have a 2007 Honda CR-V. It's not as old as you're looking for, but I bought it new and I've been happy with it. A friend has an older CRV and she's been happy with hers, too. Mine gets about 28mpg on the highway and about 22 in my daily driving. It has a decent-size cargo area and has been very reliable. So far, we've only had to do regular maintenance (and replaced the tires. The tires that came with it were lousy.)

I think the CR-V is technically a "crossover" rather than a true SUV. I'm not a car person, but I think the difference is that "crossovers" like the CRV or the Toyota Rav-4 are built on a car platform, while a true SUV is built on a truck platform. The crossovers tend to get much better gas mileage than true SUVs.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:43 AM   #6
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I would definetly look at Toyota and Nissian.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:54 AM   #7
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I'm not sure a 2003 or earlier SUV that ISN'T a gas guzzler exists...
Not only that, but with a quick look at Autotraders in my area 2003 SUV's for sale are all have super high mileages.

2003 Ford Escape 141,573 miles
2003 Kia Sorento 138,514 miles
2003 Lexus RX300 171,971 miles

The Lexus and Ford are just under $8000.00 and the Kia is just under $7000.00.

No "true" SUV's even listed, for under $15000.00.

There's a 2004 GMC Envoy with 105,222 for just under $12,000. Not a gas saver. A 2004 Dodge Durango with 79,043 for just under $12,000. Again not a gas saver.

I really wanted an SUV, but I just wasn't willing to pay that much for a used one, with the high miles that they have. Can't afford a new one with low miles and won't pay for an older one, because the price is outrageous for the number of miles on it.
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:17 PM   #8
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We bought DGD a 2007 Kia Sportage in 2009 and it's still going strong. She does the recommended maintenance and has regular oil changes, and the vehicle has never had any problems. The rear window did shatter the other day when she closed the hatch (not with any special force, just like you would close a car door). We're not sure why it happened, maybe the abrupt change in temperature (30's to 70's in a 24-hour span)? Anyway, she loves it, her mother loves it, we love it for her, and her aunt threatens (only half-jokingly) to steal it from DGD at least once a month.

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Old 03-20-2013, 04:23 PM   #9
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We have a Ford Escape and we LOVE it! It is 2012 model, but the older ones are nice also. It obviously doesn't get as good of gas mileage as our Focus, but it isn't all that bad.
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We'd like to buy a smallish SUV - NOT a gas guzzler (do they make those - ha!)

My van is on its last leg probably with 192k miles...

We know NOTHING about SUV's. My bro has driven the tank, suburban, my sil the tahoe someone had a forerunner....so I've been in them - but that's about all.

I'm guessing we will be getting something that's at least 10yrs old (cause they are cheaper!)...just wondering which ones to check out.
Just remember one thing...a SUV (other than a Suburban/Excursion) has far less room than a van. I had a van, then an SUV and I'm back in the van -- way more room for our road trips to Disney!

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Old 03-20-2013, 04:32 PM   #11
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We'd like to buy a smallish SUV - NOT a gas guzzler (do they make those - ha!)

My van is on its last leg probably with 192k miles...

We know NOTHING about SUV's. My bro has driven the tank, suburban, my sil the tahoe someone had a forerunner....so I've been in them - but that's about all.

I'm guessing we will be getting something that's at least 10yrs old (cause they are cheaper!)...just wondering which ones to check out.
I love love love my Chevy Tahoe.

I had one when DS was younger then sold it because i was on a "statement car" kick. I bought a 300 series BMW. It was fun and drove great but very small.

We bought another Tahoe last year . I love driving it , love the room it has and all the bells and whistles.
I hate that it costs almost $100 to fill it up and i get about 14 miles to the gallon.
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:52 PM   #12
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I have a 2005 Toyota Highlander. It has been flawless. Wonderful vehicle. Gas mileage is so-so. It has a V6 and I get about 22 mpg.

I agree with another poster--a mid-size SUV is not going to have nearly as much room as a van. My neighbor can get tons more stuff in her Toyota Sienna than I can in my Highlander.
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I'm not sure a 2003 or earlier SUV that ISN'T a gas guzzler exists...
I guess you have to define "gas guzzler". My wife's 2000 Mercury Mountaineer (Mercury's version of the Ford Explorer) averages about 17 in town and 21 on the freeway, and is capable of 25 on a long trip with the cruise control on. Fuel economy has improved so much, my first car back in 1974 was a Pinto, and like my friends Vegas, Corollas's, and Honey Bees, it got that exact same mileage.
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I think the CR-V is technically a "crossover" rather than a true SUV. I'm not a car person, but I think the difference is that "crossovers" like the CRV or the Toyota Rav-4 are built on a car platform, while a true SUV is built on a truck platform. The crossovers tend to get much better gas mileage than true SUVs.
Correct on your definition of a crossover, and yes the CRV is a crossover. Crossovers typically have more usable space than similar sized truck based SUV.
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:45 PM   #15
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We bought a 2008 Honda Pilot back in 2011. It was a lease turn in and had very low miles. We LOVE this vehicle. We went from a minivan to this and can still fit quite a bit of cargo in it with the second and third row seats folded down. We even fit a twin mattress and box spring with other items as well. Gas mileage is 18/22.
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