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so heres the deal, i do a lot of skiing in the winter, along with alot of driving in snow etc.. iv been toying with the idea of selling my volvo and buying some sort of a luxury SUV. any how im wondering what you all would buy if you had about 15k to spend on a new car plus or minus of course and the new vehicle had to have some favorable combination of these traits.
4 wheel drive (all wheel drive)
Leather seats
pretty roomy for 4 adults and gear (with roof rack)
decent power (doesn’t need a V8 but wouldn’t hurt)
allowed me to lift it and put on some big tires.
is very reliable (very important)
looks good and handles well
ill add more as I think about it
heres what i was thinking.

or something like this

anything else i should consider?
thanks
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Re: Dont hate, what SUV would you buy for 15k? (RazorR)

I'm not sure about resale values but previous-gen 4Runners are pretty nice rigs.
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Re: Dont hate, what SUV would you buy for 15k? (RazorR)

a 2002 or later V8 Mountaineer is a good buy. You might even find an Aviator in this price range now, and those are well equipped SUVs.


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Re: Dont hate, what SUV would you buy for 15k? (RazorR)

A buddy of mine bought a Jeep like the one picured at about the same time I bought my Jetta in 2000 (V8 w/quadra drive). It has proved to be a pretty reliable car, except for the rotor-warp brake issue (known issue for some time).
My supervisor also bought one used, and had good luck with it.
Hope that helps!
 

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Re: Dont hate, what SUV would you buy for 15k? (RazorR)

I don't think you're going to find a 2005+ Pathfinder for 15k.
Maybe a 2001+ Infiniti QX4?
 

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Re: Dont hate, what SUV would you buy for 15k? (VarianceJ30)

i actually realized that id have to spend around 20k to get into an 05 pathfinder
the QX4's are nice though, your right. and i hear they are also very reliable correct?
 

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Re: Dont hate, what SUV would you buy for 15k? (VarianceJ30)

Would an Audi Allroad be good enough? They are nice, and you could get a 2001 with an extended warranty.
Otherwise, I'm a big fan of the new Suzuki Grand Vitara:

 

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Re: Dont hate, what SUV would you buy for 15k? (Wimbledon)

the audi would be cool.. but i really dont think i can swing driving around in a station wagon during the sumer months. i also dont think i could ever drive a suzuki... ill ride their motorcycles but their cars are just to 16 year old girl for me
 

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Re: Dont hate, what SUV would you buy for 15k? (RazorR)

Quote, originally posted by RazorR »
the audi would be cool.. but i really dont think i can swing driving around in a station wagon during the sumer months. i also dont think i could ever drive a suzuki... ill ride their motorcycles but their cars are just to 16 year old girl for me


What do the summer months and a station wagon have ANYTHING to do with each other?
 

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Re: Dont hate, what SUV would you buy for 15k? (Wimbledon)

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Would an Audi Allroad be good enough? They are nice, and you could get a 2001 with an extended warranty.
Otherwise, I'm a big fan of the new Suzuki Grand Vitara:

Is that a manual? I thought the X5 was the only one left.
 

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Re: Dont hate, what SUV would you buy for 15k? (patrickvr6)

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Is that a manual? I thought the X5 was the only one left.

Manual is gone from the X5. There is the X3 manual, Xterra manual, Libby/Wrangler, FJ, trying to think of a few more...VUE.
I hated the Suzuki Grand Vitara I drove. Blah. Underpowered, terrible seats, just a blah experience.
I doubt '03 4Runners are that cheap...'04 GCs are great, get the V8. The QX4 isn't bad but I didn't love my R50 Pathfinder.
 

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Re: Dont hate, what SUV would you buy for 15k? (OR99.5Speed)

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Manual is gone from the X5. There is the X3 manual, Xterra manual, Libby/Wrangler, FJ, trying to think of a few more...VUE.

Is the Escape/Tribute still available with a stick? That and the [oh no, the horror] H3 are the only other ones I can think of.
 

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Re: Dont hate, what SUV would you buy for 15k? (OR99.5Speed)

Cayenne has the 3.6 still. You can get one in stick...
 

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Re: Dont hate, what SUV would you buy for 15k? (OR99.5Speed)

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Not sure about the Ford pair, forgot about the H3.
Forester...the list grows...I'll think of more.
My vote is Audi Allroad, but that's got some looking maintenance bills.

That is what I was thinking of. A Forester. In XT trim it's pretty quick. Not sure about the raising up of one though. But otherwise fits your needs.
 
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