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Old 11-17-2011, 02:34 AM
 
Location: Texas
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My parents could use a second car and I could use a AWD vehicle for when it snows around here (the city shuts down but I still have to make the 55 mile round trip commute to work).

I currently have a 2002 Explorer that does my rough work...but it is RWD. Did fine in the snow all 5 times last year, including when it was about a foot deep. But I weighed it down with bowling balls and suitcases, etc, in the back to secure traction. 66,000 miles.

Thinking about getting a used Lexus GX 4--. Seems like it should be reliable being a Lexus (I am not usually a fan of used cars) and I can pick up a 4 or 5 year old one in the $20-30k range.

Figured I'd give it to my parents for their second car and I could use it iffen it gets outta control snowy...

What do y'all think?
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Old 11-17-2011, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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Since its based on the 4Runner, I would get one of those instead. Would be cheaper and there would be more selection available.
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:32 AM
 
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I agree with trlhiker, look into the 4Runner or Sequoia, same platform, lower price and almost just as nice in Limited trim.
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:23 PM
 
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I'd get a $500 civic and have fun, FWD is fine in the snow and if you wreck it, who cares, just throw it away and get another one
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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I did not like the GX at all for some reason, and had one for just under a year. I have no qualms with a 4Runner, but the GX shifted sloppily and MPG was not that much better than the larger, and much more refined LX. Even the RX is well executed in my opinion, but the GX always struck me as an also-ran brand engineered product, even when the LX is closely related to the Land Cruiser. I agree that I would look at a 4Runner, or the Land Cruiser/LX over the GX.
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Here
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Since its based on the 4Runner, I would get one of those instead. Would be cheaper and there would be more selection available.
I thought the same thing until my wife got a GX. They are light years apart as far as drive quality. The GX drives a million times better than my 4Runner and both are the same year model.
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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My parents could use a second car and I could use a AWD vehicle for when it snows around here (the city shuts down but I still have to make the 55 mile round trip commute to work).

I currently have a 2002 Explorer that does my rough work...but it is RWD. Did fine in the snow all 5 times last year, including when it was about a foot deep. But I weighed it down with bowling balls and suitcases, etc, in the back to secure traction. 66,000 miles.

Thinking about getting a used Lexus GX 4--. Seems like it should be reliable being a Lexus (I am not usually a fan of used cars) and I can pick up a 4 or 5 year old one in the $20-30k range.

Figured I'd give it to my parents for their second car and I could use it iffen it gets outta control snowy...

What do y'all think?
If your parents are older like mine, they might like the GX. Not my style personally but it's a relatively small SUV which wouldn't be difficult to get in/out of and should be fairly easy to park.

My own mom who is now in her 60's has been driving my dad's '11 F-150 around until they arrived in Phoenix for the winter. She has come to really like the idea of sitting up higher in a vehicle because she is relatively short and has a much better view of the road. Now she has her CTS Coupe back and remarked how low it sits and how much less she can see.

I think a midsized SUV for your parents might be good decision and the GX isn't too bad. How about an Escalade? I think mom remarked to dad that's what her Christmas present should be.

I've really heard good things about the RX350 as well, might want to check into that.
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Old 11-17-2011, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I just test-drove the Escalade. I love Caddys and I love Escalades, but it wasn't worth it, you know? Especially since the 3rd row doesn't even have a foot well. Ridiculous in a car that big.

I completely agree that the GX is totally different than the 4 Runner when it comes to drive and interior comfort. I have always loved the 4 Runner but it is a total utilitarian car - every version we looked at (my wife was considering one and wound up with a Caddy SRX) felt like plastic.

What do y'all think about buying the GX used?
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Old 11-17-2011, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I just test-drove the Escalade. I love Caddys and I love Escalades, but it wasn't worth it, you know? Especially since the 3rd row doesn't even have a foot well. Ridiculous in a car that big.

I completely agree that the GX is totally different than the 4 Runner when it comes to drive and interior comfort. I have always loved the 4 Runner but it is a total utilitarian car - every version we looked at (my wife was considering one and wound up with a Caddy SRX) felt like plastic.

What do y'all think about buying the GX used?
I'd say used would be the way to go if they aren't the type of people to put 15K+ miles each year on their car. Get one 1-2 years old and save a few bucks.

New? The Escalade isn't worth $70K-$80K, they take a bath on the used market. Nice vehicle but it's still basically a rebadged Tahoe/Yukon with a nicer interior. Love Caddys as well but I agree.
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Old 11-17-2011, 06:44 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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The GX is a nice ride.
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