I am a vehicle geek - 45 years of collecting/restoring, buying/selling & enjoying the auto world...my brand selection, has been refined to take into account ROI, reliability & long term expenses.Kelly's family has a newer SUV (2008 Toyota RAV4) and Dad doesn't want to clean nose prints of front windows, on a daily basis:
So I cut the padded shoulder strap off an old & damaged golf bag.
- used the re-purposed harness to restrict girl from jumping into leather bucket seats, at will
- the shoulder harness on junked golf bag, had 4 nylon anchor straps
- 2 straps were threaded around the top head rest posts / other 2 straps (longer) were threaded on the back seat frame brackets, on the floor
a) I refuse to buy brand new...but finding gems in the private market, is a hobby of mine
b) I won't buy anything from the TOP3 Detroit makers...with the exception of 2003-07c Silverado 4x4 pickups
- I religiously review known problems on makes I interested in...and pick accordingly
c) in SUV's I will only buy Japan makes / but even Honda sourced bad engines from China Motors, and heavy piston ring oil consumption is not covered under warranty
d) So only LEXUS or TOYOTA here in 4x4 or AWD...and v6 better than 4 cyl. turbo.
- son has a 2015 Lexus RX350 v6, he bought new
- wife drives a 2008 RAV4 Limited, v6
- dad drives a 2000 4Runner SR5, v6 // now downgraded for my winter DD'er
- plus I have a good weather truck, Imported into Canada...a mint 2003 Silverado LS, Quadrasteer (with 4 wheel steer) and 4x4 selectable transfer case
e) Gas mileage is important for wife work car, and we use her RAV4 as a family vehicle
So while a $70k budget is awesome, I tend to get the same drive (just older)...for 20 cents on the dollar, nice used.
- few questions to ask / 4Runners are full frame which I like...but likely harder on gas, than a Highlander or Lexus RX350
- for the money, Kia is making some real good vehicles now...I generally don't even consider Ford, most GM's and Chrysler or Jeep anymore.
(just to many faults to chase, if you get a bad one brand new...seems like lots of lemon brands, to avoid)
I don't look for all the bells and whistles, proven designs is what I prefer.
- and power train designs, that will stand the test of time...Engineered for 300k trouble free miles
- Toyota 3.5L v6 and GM Vortec (5.3L, 6.0L and 6.2L) are hard to beat (without Active Fuel Management BS)