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Old 06-14-2014, 08:21 AM
 
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About to relocate to the Plano area. Looking for a second car that can seat 7. Safety is most important, traveling with kids. Other "luxury" features will be a nice bonus for husband... Used only, budget up to 30.000. Any recommendations? Any reliable dealers in the area?
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Old 06-14-2014, 08:24 AM
 
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I have always liked Brandon Tomes Subaru in McKinney, on US 75. They have several dealerships/makes of cars next to each other, Ford, etc. I'm sure they have something. You can also take either the DNT or 121 out there to be quicker. They have been very reliable and honest in the dealings I have had with them.

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Old 06-14-2014, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Colleyville
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You can get a well equipped Chevy Suburban/ GMC Yukon XL in that price point, especially since the 2015 model had a significant body style change (which I personally dislike). They are comfortable and inexpensive to maintain compared to an import but the gas mileage even without 4WD is terrible. They are great kid haulers though! As far as safety, the shorter wheelbase of the Chevy Tahoe/ GMC Yukon makes it easier to park and better handling but presents a greater roll over risk. The Ford equivalent is the Expedition and they seem to run a bit cheaper but have comparable features.

I would personally never buy a used "luxury" brand like Mercedes or BMW. And at 30K it will likely be a high mileage vehicle that possibly came from another part of the US where bad winter roads take a big toll on cars. A gently used Volvo that isn't from up north is a different story- the XC 70 station wagon was the best car I have ever owned! Can't wait to get back in one of those when I have front seat riders!
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Old 06-14-2014, 04:39 PM
 
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My 3-seat Subaru Tribes seats 7. It also has a high safety rating from Consumer's Report. Don't know used prices.

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Old 06-15-2014, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Frisco, TX
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Go with a used Acura MDX. Extremely safe, extremely reliable to very high mileages, and very nice to drive in. Only negative is they're popular, so the turnover in good used ones will be quick...
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Old 06-15-2014, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Funky town
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You can also try infiniti jx. They have better features to get in/out for the 3rd row passengers compared to any other make except may be ford flex, may be. I have a 4 year old mdx that I bought new in 2010. Love it and will keep it till the wheels fall off. No issues whatsoever. Strong reliability! Same will be with infiniti. All other makes "meh". Definitely not a Chevy. I don't think they know what they are doing and will hate to waste time to take it in for recall after recall. Maintenance cost per repair is cheaper on Chevy but everything starts falling apart after 3/4 years...
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Old 06-15-2014, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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I shopped at North Central ford on 75 got a great deal, great service. Just shop around and see what works. I personally would look at a suburban or a Chrysler Minivan.
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Old 06-15-2014, 02:25 PM
 
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Good advice. Thanks all.
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Old 06-16-2014, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I've been using Sewell dealers for on a few years, but it will be hard to purchase a vehicle from any other dealers in the DFW area from now on. Unfortunately that limits my new car options to a few brands, but I don't mind purchasing a slightly used car from Sewell, just because of the level of service and customer satisfaction they strive for.
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Old 06-16-2014, 09:17 AM
 
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Don't know what your specific needs are but the one factor that is better with a Town and Country mini vs Sienna which is well regarded is that all seats behind driver fold into the floor leaving perfectly flat storage space--
We moved a 6 ft table and 6 chairs--two with arms--from seller on CraigsList when we were at our FL house last summer--managed all of them (table had the legs unscrewed of course) in one trip in the rental Town n Country we had--lucky for us we got an upgrade at the TPA airport...

Have owned a Tahoe w/3rd row seating and used it when we had overflow--
it is fairly easy for kids to get in and out and agile adults who aren't too heavy--but the step up is higher than with some other SUVs and minivans...
don't think car seat kids would be doable on third seat because of awkward to put them in and out...and frankly I always worry about getting out after accident--

wished we had kept it for our FL house vs using a rental--

traded it for Buick Enclave w/3rd row--think it is somewhat easier to get in/out of the back---it rides easier, better gas mileage, and for our needs holds enough of what we usually carry on long trips but think my husband would prefer a Tahoe because it is wider for items like plywood sheets...and I don't like how the moon roofs are done--no solid way to screen out the sun

what ever you get with a 3rd row must make sure there are AC vents back there--with separate controls--
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