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Old 03-30-2010, 06:48 PM
 
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What kind of SUV would you recommend for newcomers to Tucson? I am not really sure because some of the popular ones are likely to get stolen (Ford Explorer / Jeep etc.), so I thought it'd be better to get something less common. But will less common brands, say Acura MDX or Lincoln Navigator, be too conspicuous - and invite trouble?

Thanks!
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Old 03-30-2010, 06:56 PM
 
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first decide if you really need to own an SUV.....what are your needs and plans?....do you really plan to go off-road in it a lot?.....do you often haul more than three people around?...if not, it's not the correct vehicle to own....those higher-end models you mention are not really common here and, to many, are more a personal statement of status and not really practical...(not to mention the oft-told joke about the need to compensate for...uh....personal inadequacies!).....consider gas mileage and maintenance costs, too....

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Old 03-30-2010, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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What kind of SUV would you recommend for newcomers to Tucson? I am not really sure because some of the popular ones are likely to get stolen (Ford Explorer / Jeep etc.), so I thought it'd be better to get something less common. But will less common brands, say Acura MDX or Lincoln Navigator, be too conspicuous - and invite trouble?

Thanks!
Regardless of the vehicle type, Oasiss . . . common sense security will eliminate or at least reduce the risk of theft.

Drive what you like and/or want.
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Old 03-30-2010, 07:45 PM
 
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Regardless of the vehicle type, Oasiss . . . common sense security will eliminate or at least reduce the risk of theft.

Drive what you like and/or want.
Thanks Bummer and azdr0710 - I'll think more about it. Speaking of security, and not to sound paranoid, do you have suggestions on how to better protect myself? I've never touched a gun myself, but I saw on the news that an old lady shot at her attacker a couple of weeks ago in a Walmart parking lot. Are guns that common in AZ?
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Old 03-31-2010, 12:36 AM
 
Location: West of the Catalinas East of the Tortolitas
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Thanks Bummer and azdr0710 - I'll think more about it. Speaking of security, and not to sound paranoid, do you have suggestions on how to better protect myself? I've never touched a gun myself, but I saw on the news that an old lady shot at her attacker a couple of weeks ago in a Walmart parking lot. Are guns that common in AZ?
What??? NO!!!!! Don't get a gun. Get a Club for your steering wheel. That's more security than you'll need.
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Old 03-31-2010, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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What??? NO!!!!! Don't get a gun. Get a Club for your steering wheel. That's more security than you'll need.
Great point / suggestion, Marcy.

Another common sense security precaution would be to park all vehicles inside your locked garage, if available, instead of outside and reserving the garage for tons of worthless junk.
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Old 03-31-2010, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Tucson
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What kind of SUV would you recommend for newcomers to Tucson? I am not really sure because some of the popular ones are likely to get stolen (Ford Explorer / Jeep etc.), so I thought it'd be better to get something less common. But will less common brands, say Acura MDX or Lincoln Navigator, be too conspicuous - and invite trouble?

Thanks!
Get whatever you want, but make sure the color is not dark!
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Old 03-31-2010, 04:07 PM
 
Location: 602/520
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This is Tucson. People literally drive ANYTHING here, ANYTHING.

I have seen people here in cars with missing hoods, missing doors, and missing windows. I've even seen a hard top car with a missing roof (who knows how that happened). There are quite a few cars in this town that, quite honestly, are probably not even worth $100.

On the flip side I see people in luxury cars and SUVs too.

Tucsonans LOVE their cars no matter what shape they're in.

You will fit in no matter what you drive. Unlike many other parts of the country adverse driving conditions due to weather almost never occur. That should give you great flexibility in your choice.
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Old 03-31-2010, 06:19 PM
 
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Would you guys / ladies consider yourself typical of Tucsonans? If so I think I will like that place. :-)
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Old 03-31-2010, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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Would you guys / ladies consider yourself typical of Tucsonans? If so I think I will like that place. :-)
Afraid not. I'm a foreign transplant.
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