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Old 08-16-2008, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Helotes, TX
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I need some advice on what type of new vehicle to buy. I currently drive a 2002 Pontiac Grand AM GT. It runs great and has good gas mileage. I have driven a Grand AM for 20 years, but 4 different cars: '88, '95, '99, and '02. Before my first Grand Am, I drove a Ford Bronco II 4X4 in Ohio, and really liked it.

Here is some background:
No kids
48, so want something higher off the ground
Would like to shuttle elderly parents if needed (so 4 doors)
Want ABS and disc brakes on all 4 wheels
I am use to power driver seat, leather seats, and nice stereo.
Do not want to pay over $30,000.
Eligible for GM Supplier Discount or Ford XPlan

I looked at a 2008 Ford Escape and really like it, but it has drum brakes on the back.

What do you suggest?

Thanks
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Old 08-16-2008, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Some of the Escapes have 4-wheel disc brakes. Depends on the model.

The 2009 Subaru Forester is worth consideration.

http://www.subaru.com/shop/model_con...model=FORESTER
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Old 08-16-2008, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Lakes by the Bay, FL (for now)
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I need some advice on what type of new vehicle to buy. I currently drive a 2002 Pontiac Grand AM GT. It runs great and has good gas mileage. I have driven a Grand AM for 20 years, but 4 different cars: '88, '95, '99, and '02. Before my first Grand Am, I drove a Ford Bronco II 4X4 in Ohio, and really liked it.

Here is some background:
No kids
48, so want something higher off the ground
Would like to shuttle elderly parents if needed (so 4 doors)
Want ABS and disc brakes on all 4 wheels
I am use to power driver seat, leather seats, and nice stereo.
Do not want to pay over $30,000.
Eligible for GM Supplier Discount or Ford XPlan

I looked at a 2008 Ford Escape and really like it, but it has drum brakes on the back.

What do you suggest?

Thanks
You should consider also the Ford Edge, is not much more expensive than the Escape and is a better car overall. The SEL version has four-wheel disc ABS brakes, six-way power driver seat and a 6-disc CD changer with MP3.

The new Chevy Traverse would be a good option too, but is a little more expensive ( about $28,000 - base version ) than the Edge...and also that car is not selling on the dealers yet.
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Old 08-17-2008, 06:55 AM
 
Location: appleton, wi
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Try the Subaru Forester. Or, my mom has a Toyota RAV4 which has been good to her.
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Old 08-18-2008, 04:16 AM
 
Location: Incognito
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2007 Subaru STi.
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Old 08-18-2008, 04:49 AM
 
Location: Maine
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The local ford dealership is offering lifetime powertrain warrenty on new vehicles. I talked to a mechanic friend at the dealer, and they are hurting. sales and repairs are way down. I would seriously consider a ford with this type of offer.
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Old 08-18-2008, 05:00 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Since you mentioned Ford, how about the Explorer? The back seats are very comfortable, you're high off the ground, you have tons of cargo room, and it's a pleasure to drive.
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Old 09-08-2008, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I have 21,000 miles on a Ford Edge SEL in the last year, and enjoy the vehicle very much.
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Old 09-09-2008, 06:37 AM
 
Location: bethlehem PA
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i agree with PP. the edge, the escape - all good ideas. ford could use the help right about now so the incentives are probably really good. like another poster mentioned - the mariner is also a good choice.

if you are willing to go foreign the subaru outback or forester is a great idea and you can never go wrong with toyota (rav4) or honda (CRV)
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Old 11-13-2011, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Lyons, France, Whidbey Island WA
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For your money the best vehicle is a certified used Toyota 4Runner. 07 was the final year manufactured in Japan. 4WD all disk and a drive train with options Ford/GM can't even imitate. Solid as a rock with a 100k/7yr warranty.

Drive one. I think you will like it. I do.
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