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Old 02-25-2010, 09:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Time to buy a new car. Any suggestions?

I'm ready to replace my 02' Nissan Sentra gxe. She was an amazing first car, I've put over 100k miles (she now has 150k) on her since I got her in 07' (a lot of fucking road trips). But ever since I got backed into by a 4x4 heavy duty truck (some idiot at a drive through) she hasn't been super reliable. I've replaced the radiator, fuel pump, co2 censors, computer ANYWAYS it's time for my old girl to go cause I just cant stand her no mo!

Now I know there are plenty of car threads on here and i've read through most of em.. but had some questions about some specific cars. I've been taking my lil Sentra up to the mountains for 3 years now, She's always handled great considering she's a lil 4 banger 2 wheel drive. Cables and driving slow has done wonders! But I'm looking to upgrade to something a little bigger, with AWD or 4x4.

So pretty much I was looking at the older up to an 01' Jeep Cherokee (4.0 v6 engine). I love the body style, they're semi cheap. Actually I'd love this truck but finding one that's in nice shape and has semi low miles has been fucking ridiculous. my questionare the newer Grand Cherokee's any good? Anyone own one and have any thoughts about it?

The 2nd car i'm really interested in getting would be a Honda Element. I think they look cool, come in AWD and have so much room. AND i think they are kinda waterproof inside!?

I'm 22. Work full time and go to school part time. I live at home and my Pops doesn't make me pay rent (i got it good I know). That said I'm really looking to finance a vehicle. I've had a credit card and use it wisely / pay the bill for a while now so I should have decent credit.

Oh and if you have any other cars you'd highly recommend that are great in the snow (and not super fucking expensive), run good or w/e let me know! Thanks
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you're on the right path with a cherokee (XJ...old body style) with the 4 liter inline 6. arguably the most bullet proof engine ever made. don't be scared away by high miles, those things are ridiculous. you should be able to pick up a 99, 00, or 01 for under 5 grand no problem. gas mileage is the only real issue. expect to see about half of what you go with your sentra. 14 city/ maybe MAYBE 20 hwy is realistic

another option which you should really consider is a subaru outback. Super reliable engine as long as the headgaskets have been replaced (and almost all of them have) they kick ass in the snow, have plenty of room inside, and are good on gas. just about everything you need for a mountain ride. expect to pay about as much as you would for a jeep of equal year and mileage. honestly its your best bet for a mountain cruiser.

my girlfriend was just in the market for a new ride and oddly enough those were the two cars we were looking at. she ended up getting a 1999 outback with 120,000 miles for $3500. the car is awesome! I'm a german car guy all the way, but these subarus are built very well and made for the winter. awesome awd, heated seats, heated mirrors, heated windshield wipers, roof racks, cargo space, and comfortably fits 4 adults with enough gear for a weekend.
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I miss being younger and living at home.

Great response from 209 cali. The Honda Element is cool but it's not a true awd car. It'll only put power to the other wheels IF the front wheels start slipping. The Subarus are AWD all the time. Being 22 I don't know if you'd be interested in an outback. A 5 speed legacy wagon is nice though. Or even the turbo Forester.

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First of all, I'm gonna say, I drive a Subaru Legacy GT. I love it, and it kicks ass in the snow just like the previous poster said. My friend that snowboards with me all the time drives a '91 Jeep Cherokee with the 4.0 bulletproof inline 6. He loves it and it will go through anything and has been beat to shit. He bought his for $800 and 200,000 miles on it (it's not his daily driver) and it's awesome. So, if you need AWD or 4wd these are both great options.

I would honestly stay away from the honda elment if you're looking for real AWD or 4 wheel power. There's a ton of newer cars boasting AWD that are not. They're front wheel drive biased with a traction control slip-sensing unit. Its "AWD" will only engage when the front wheels are slipping and by then its usually too late and you'll be stuck. I'm not trying to bash these types of cars but, its just something to consider when buying one. To me, Subaru's AWD can't be beat, its all wheel all the time, your gas mileage may suffer a bit more than some other cars but, its definitley worth it when there is snow on the ground. Good luck with the purchase.
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I have a 99 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the 4.7 v8. I just passed 230,000mi yesterday...
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i am thinking about getting an element as well. seems like a perfect car for driving to slopes and rolling in mountain bikes inside. i like the SC but it doesn't have AWD and waterproof floor, bummer... unless you are planning to go off road... element awd is just to get that a little extra when you need it for deep snow... not really a hardcore awd... but who really needs it for road driving anyway... i think you can park the smartcar inside...

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Being 22 I don't know if you'd be interested in an outback. A 5 speed legacy wagon is nice though. Or even the turbo Forester.
i'm curious why you say a legacy over an outback for a 22 year old. i'm 23 and would drive an outback over a legacy all day. in the end its 99.9% the same car, but the outback has a small lift, larger wheels/tires, and way more options come standard on an outback over a legacy. other than that its the same chassis, engine, suspension, brakes, etc. if you could find an outback sport in your price range that would be sweet. those are built on the smaller impreza platform. less room, smaller, but sportier.

i'll take this:



over this, all day long.

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you should check the Ford FLex if you are looking at an element. Little higher price though....

I had an 05 Hyundai Santa Fe V6 AWD and that thing was great in the snow! You can get those pretty cheap, they still have the ability to tow a small trailer for dirt bikes/snowmobiles/moving trailer with boxes/etc, and a roof rack to the boards to go up top. I loved that SUV. The only reason we got rid of it is that we got a great deal on a Trailblazer SS..... Check the Hyundai out, they are good.
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I'd also suggest a Subaru as well... They are super reliable, has good gas mileage (the non turbo ones), and has one of the best AWD systems. I would pick a Forester over the Grand Cherokee.
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i'll take this:



over this, all day long.

You posted an ugly Legacy wagon. I would take this over an Outback anyday.

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