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EFFECTIC DESIGNS wrote:The Golden rule is if in doubt, buy Toyota and if you don't like how the Toyota looks then go Nissan, the quality is lower but parts cheaper. And there is a reason for this, but you will only ever learn it the hard way when you invest your hard earned money and the vehicle starts to break down and when you go to buy parts you either can't find it or the price is high.
And when I say high I don't mean high as in how all Toyota parts cost more, with Toyota you actually get value for money but in those other brands you will pay high prices simply because there is limited availability of the parts. And trust me you eh want this to happen to you.
Ultimately do what you want, you won't buy a Toyota you will buy the sexier looking vehicle since Toyotas are known to be ugly.
When you do this you will learn your lesson the hard way which IMO is the proper way to learn. I mean how else would other car makers survive if we didn't make mistakes in life when buying vehicles?
When you buy Toyota you have a vehicle for life.
snatman wrote:why not a 2009/2010 Forester?
DVSTT wrote:OP have you considered a Grand Vitara. You may be able to get the 2006-2010 model for around your budget.
brainchild wrote:Rav 4 or CRV. Xtrails have a habit of disappearing from carparks.
hondablood wrote:x trail is just a big almera with 4wd,waste of time,crv or rav 4 is the better options
hong kong phooey wrote:Talos
i know this have nothing to do with the question asked
but you should consider fuel consumption, SUV burn a lot more gas than a small car.
What ever car you decide to buy take a mechanic with you let them check it out .
to many vehicles out there with false history. Run a search on it . Loads of people buying crashed vehicles fixing cheaply and reselling them
stay away from any vehicle you see advertised as lady driven
agent007 wrote:OP, $75k for any used vehicle has its risks. SUVs/Crossovers are experiencing better resale value than cars now so with a $75k max budget, you won’t be getting an exceptional vehicle. Sellers today are also very unethical and the truth is, not all of them are migrating or already upgraded. They are passing a headache onto you and they might have been somewhat successful in hiding some problems to make you feel all is well but no longer than a month into ownership, you visiting mechanic to fix blown gaskets and worn transmissions etc.
That said, of all the vehicles you highlighted, I would say go for the:
00-05 XA20 RAV4 with the 1AZ-FE engine
05-12 XA30 RAV4 with the 1AZ-FE engine
01-06 RD4 CRV with the K20A4 engine
02-13 T30 X-Trail with the QR20DE engine
Stay far from from a 13-19 XA40 RAV4 because if ever you see one selling for under $100k, tell yourself it’s a wrecked vehicle and the seller failed to mention that it’s a half-cut they advertising.
Stay far from the 06-11 RE CRV with the R20A engine. Consider one with the K24 motor (yes there are a few out there) but good luck finding one under $100k. If you do find a K24 3rd gen for sale at your asking price, refer to XA40 RAV4 comments above or they selling the vehicle minus the transmission.
Stay away from T31 and T32 Xtrails period regardless of the asking price unless you like headache. In terms of the T30s, there are actually some QR25DE units around with additional features. If you do manage to get one of these well taken care of at your asking price then take it ASAP.
Try to stick with local used, not foreign abused with single or multiple local owners. Also, don’t even think about buying a used Forester that is more than a decade old. That vehicle will make you broke and if it’s chaos you like, a used 1st gen Kia Sorento 2.5 diesel will seal the deal for you. Utter rubbish.
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