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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-16-2005, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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I'm closer to listing my G for sale but I don't know what to replace it with - I know there are a lot of car enthusiasts on the board, and what I really love about the G are the ergonomics - being very tall it has cured my bad back (both seating position and getting in/out of the vehicle), and the storage capacity is great (we have a dog, a newborn, luggage and passengers.) Also the reliability is nice - Im confident it will run for a long time as long as it's well looked after. The problem with selling then becomes what can I find (used) that is less expensive yet meets our needs? Any suggestions? It doesn't have to have 4wd... Thanks for any advice,
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$30k on a used vehicle really opens up a HUGE selection of really diverse machines. Do you want a car or a truck? With a baby and a dog I am betting a truck or a wagon is needed. The sedan puts the dog and baby in the same space, probably not ideal.

I like the Dodge Magnum, tons of power with a Hemi, unique styling, cargo capacity. I don't know about reliability but much of the chassis uses MB E-class parts like the suspension and the transmission is an MB design. Lots of value there IMO. Otherwise the BMW and MB wagons have always appealed to me (my first car was a station wagon). Subaru Forester XT is fast, large on the inside and invisible on the road.

As far as another SUV...well you already drive the finest one around, not sure where you go from here?

I have seen the lease expriation on my G320 coming for some time now. I currently own seven cars/trucks, three MB's, two Porsches, a Dodge truck and my Buick musclecar. I seriously contemplated what to replace the G320 with. At times I was ready to let it go for a different Porsche, newer, faster, better. Then I started driving the G more this spring. I can not get over how well done the G actually is. It is very comfortable on the road. It is extremely capable off the road. It has the lux features I need without going overboard. I ended up deciding I wanted another G. This time I want a V8 for my power fix. Otherwise I find the G to be very tough to beat especially the way used ones are priced currently. Years ago I remeber think a 300GE, manual trans, no sunroof, manual crank rear windows, 90k miles was a steal at $55k. I REALLY like these trucks and I have owned a bunch of cars/trucks. I have spoken to several others that have a lot of high end car experience and most of them return time and again to the G. It must be impressive to have survived alongside many a newer more exotic machine.

Go out and look someday, see what there is and how you like it. I suspect you will keep the G, they are an addiction[:)]

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I have had a lot of cars over the years and for the money right now its hard to beat the new 05 nissan pathfinders. I bought one for a company car about 3 months ago. SE Off road with side air bags. $33K and some change. My wife liked it so much to stopped driving out 02 G500. She is getting 13.5-14.5 mpg in town, it also has a 5 year 60K miles warranty. The SE has heated leather seats and 3 row seating. front and rear heat and air which is very nice. Also the 3 row folds flat with a bedliner type plastic / rubber so stuff does not slide around. It also has like 15 cup holders! Only thing the back center seat is kind screwed up to put a child seat in... i dont like the idea of side air bag and child seat so we used the center seat.... anyway if i had to buy again today i would get another one. 5800 miles and no problems. Says a lot considering my window motor borke on my g the fist day i had it!


Also have you considerd leasing or something maybe you could do that and keep your G!
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pajero Sport....nice option.
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It's a while off, but ...

http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Features/articleId=105917#2

If MB does for Jeep what they are doing for Chrysler, then this might be interesting [;)]
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You know, the Jeep "unlimited" is maybe not such a bad option - the only problem is I might be hard pressed to find a used (read: less expensive) model. I drove a new wrangler a few years ago, and on the highway it was a bit noisy (and it is pretty small), but I have to confess I like the new, larger version - maybe room for all. I went on to their site and priced out a bear-bones version, 4.0L i6, automatic transmission (wife can't drive stick), and floor mats = $24.5k new.

First step is getting rid of the wife's 2001 VW Golf....[:I]
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I was rather taken by this at the weekend, my business car is a Volvo 940 wagen its as sure as the rising sun but getting a bit staid,
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I was rather taken by this at the weekend, my business car is a Volvo 940 wagen its as sure as the rising sun but getting a bit staid,
That would be nice too- If I had deep pockets - I noticed that the new Range Rover Sport and Land Rover (which is called the LR3 in the US) were getting good reviews, but the price is silly and they have such a horrible track record for reliability.

There are a lot of old Range Rovers in my neighborhood, and when I look inside I invariably see the cover to the fuses removed for easy access. I would hate to plop down $60k for a new car, and then $15k for new electronics a few years later (or worse yet, sell it for $33k).

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There are a lot of old Range Rovers in my neighborhood, and when I look inside I invariably see the cover to the fuses removed for easy access. I would hate to plop down $60k for a new car, and then $15k for new electronics a few years later (or worse yet, sell it for $33k).

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Ah yes.... the joy of owning a Land Rover product, I'd forgotten that, maybe staid isn' so bad,

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No, not to use EVERY day, but when you do... [:0]
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