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Which new used vehicle????
« on: February 09, 2018, 01:40:13 PM »
Alright folks, help me please! Totaled my 4-Runner this past Thursday night in the ice so in the market for another vehicle. Looking for 4wd or AWD to be a daily driver, low miles (under 35,000) and 20 plus MPG for under $20000. Looks like the 2015-2018 Nissan Rogue and Jeep Cherokee Latitude and Toyota Rav 4 fall into the ranges mentioned so we are looking for any experiences with those 3 vehicles-good and bad. Anyone?

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Re: Which new used vehicle????
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2018, 03:20:15 PM »
All the Toyota's that I gave owned have been extremely reliable. Change the oil regularly tires and breaks as needed. People I know that owned the others had small issues on a regular basis.

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Re: Which new used vehicle????
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2018, 03:49:40 PM »
I currently own a 2002 Toyota V8. Low mileage in mint shape. Great fuel economy and best reliability. I've owned lots of trucks over the years. Some good and some bad but this one beats all of them.
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Re: Which new used vehicle????
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2018, 03:54:48 PM »
If you get the Jeep, stick to the 4 cylinder. 

I'm frustrated with a 2014 Dodge Caravan that can have the same engine family (3.2 & 3.6L) that would be in the Jeep.  Had transmission issues, but with no transmission dipstick, we couldn't check fluids.  Had to take to the dealer who said it had a bad ENGINE oil leak that put it in limp mode (thus trans issues).  Engine oil leak is from a PLASTIC OIL FILTER HOUSING that breaks if over tightened or looked at funny.  Quoted me $750 to fix.  Even online, the parts are $200+ my labor!  They tuck it between the engine and the intake manifold!

x2 on Toyota.  Had several and maintenance was straightforward when needed and mine had LOTS of miles on them.  Last one was 242k miles.

Bought the Dodge as it was half the price of a similar used Toyota van, but we are on the "install parts" plan.   ;)
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Re: Which new used vehicle????
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2018, 04:32:58 PM »
RAV4 would be my choice from that list.

It's based in the same "platform" as the Corolla, which is arguably the most reliable car in the world.

Nissan would be a close 2nd.

The Jeep? Yeah, Nah... pass on that one.
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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2018, 04:41:41 PM »
Another vote for Toyota.

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« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2018, 05:23:36 PM »
i have a few friends with the rogue and a few with jeep and they are junk they have never ending tranny and electrical trouble i would go with a yota  if it was me  but again this is JMOP

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« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2018, 06:21:19 PM »
I have a 2016 Nissan Murano and love it. I will also give a plug for Toyota but stay clear of the Jeep! Opps did I say I had a Nissan...my bad my wife has a Nissan :o

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« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2018, 06:33:33 PM »
Wife has a 2012 Rav4 and loves it. Nicely sized commuter car.

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« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2018, 06:46:39 PM »
The RAV4 may be good if you don't need to do a water pump 6 or 7 hours labor . you need to almost take the engine out to do it . Google it .
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« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2018, 06:58:20 PM »
My 2003 Corolla odometer stopped working at exactly 299,999 miles over a year ago. Still going strong.

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« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2018, 08:13:59 PM »
The RAV4 may be good if you don't need to do a water pump 6 or 7 hours labor . you need to almost take the engine out to do it . Google it .

Yeah, but it's many miles before you have to do things like that on the average Toyota.

And all modern cars tend to have that sort of issue. My current Toyota is a "Corolla" with a factory 3.5l V6. It's 3-4 hours to change the Alternator because there is NO space left in the engine bay  :D But apart from that I've had zero other (non routine) problems with it, and it's 10 years old now.
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Re: Which new used vehicle????
« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2018, 10:31:15 PM »
I have no experience with the other two, but I bought a new 2003 Rav4 which now has 125K miles and has given nothing but excellent service.  A Granddaughter just out of college and with her first job just bought a new Rav4. 
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« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2018, 06:43:42 AM »
Toyotas want a new timing belt/water pump about every 90k miles. Small price to pay for the overall reliability.
My '99 RAV had 135k when I got it. Belt broke at 187k so I guess it was never done. I succeeded in replacing the belt/pump myself. Not that hard to do but an extra left hand would have helped.
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« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2018, 10:14:48 AM »
When I bought my 2002 Tundra V8 about 2 years ago it had about 175 k on it. Just to be safe I changed all fluids, went over everything. I then had the timing belt and water pump done. I asked my mechanic if I could see the old belt and parts for curiosity. He was even surprised that the old parts especially the belt all looked like new.     
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« Reply #15 on: February 10, 2018, 12:47:57 PM »
my SIL  had a Subaru and had the timing belt /water pump done and i asked her mechanic to see the old parts and said he threw them away  :o i told him you better find them or your not getting paid  well he never put them in the car that's why he didn't have them a few months later he was out of biz  8) 8) 8) 8) 8) i always ask to see my old parts

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« Reply #16 on: February 10, 2018, 01:00:06 PM »
Had a 2000 Tundra V8 for a couple years now.   Water pump went out last year at 135K miles.   Belt/pump job isn't cheap but so far it's had no other issues.  Tranny fluid replacement isn't cheap either.   It holds A LOT.
Hoping that is holds up like i hear they do.   Truck has all kinds of power for it's size.

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« Reply #17 on: February 10, 2018, 01:12:23 PM »
Just bought a 2015 Toyota RAV4 for the wife.  She really likes it.  Easy to drive and get the kids in and out of.  10,000 mile per synthetic oil change is new to me.
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« Reply #18 on: February 10, 2018, 02:15:33 PM »
We're a Toyota family now.
I drive the Tundra, my wife drives a Highlander.
The Highlander doesnt fit in the 4x4 category, but it's been bomb proof for ten years.
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« Reply #19 on: February 10, 2018, 04:45:45 PM »
Toyotas want a new timing belt/water pump about every 90k miles. Small price to pay for the overall reliability.

Toyota is switching back to chains on most engines now.  My 2005 Camry had a timing chain.

Something I check on any vehicle we buy.  Have to add spare tire and transmission dipstick to that list now...
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