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Old 06-21-2005, 10:04 PM   #1
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Suggestions on a new car

I was hit today (not my fault), and my car is definitely going to be totaled. I'm leaving for college in less than 3 months, and my parents want me to buy a car that my sister can also use once I leave (I'm getting the money that I put into the car back). They are basically insisting on a small SUV, I was thinking along the lines of a Ford Escape, but I was wondering if anyone had any other better suggestions about an SUV to get, considering we live in NJ and need a good car for the snow.

I have a pic of my car on my phone, which I can put up as soon as i get around to transferring it to my comp.
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ford escape only if its 4wd. the 2wd model isn't the greatest...and it'd have to be the 6cyl.

a jeep grand cherokee is a great choice tho. the cherokees....eh not so big on them. heard they have a higher roll-over rate than the grands.
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There seems to be an endless choice right now of SUVs, I don't care much for them, but I guess they are good for people in snow country. Honda makes some pretty nice looking small SUVs, and what about a Subaru Outback?
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curiousity...where are u heading to college?
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the ford escapes are major POS vehicles so dont go there...
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the ford escapes are major POS vehicles so dont go there...
says who? I've worked on fords for 3 years now, we've sold a lot of escapes.. but the most they come in for are oil changes/maintenance...

The only issues I've seen with them is they wear through front brakes by 35-40k miles and they have a few safety recalls out, but that's a given for most cars..

I've only seen one with a blown transmission... haven't had many major problems with others at all..
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curiousity...where are u heading to college?
I'm going to Boston College, probably majoring in Finance.

On another note, graduation today!
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I'm going to Boston College, probably majoring in Finance.

On another note, graduation today!

congrats man!
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I have a 5 speed no frills 4x4 1996 explorer sport I could sell you.

Anyhow, I haven't heard anything bad about escapes. They seem to serve their purpose in the north.
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how much do you want for the exploder? I need a winter car
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Uhaul won't rent trailers to Explorers. Gotta be a reason for that.

I don't like SUV's myself and if you are worried about winter traction an SUV is probably not a good choice, imo. Get something lower to the ground.

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Uhaul won't rent trailers to Explorers. Gotta be a reason for that.

I don't like SUV's myself and if you are worried about winter traction an SUV is probably not a good choice, imo. Get something lower to the ground.

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I've had a 2001 4 door explorer and this 1996 2 door explorer...never had an issue with either in the winter months. The winters near buffalo, NY are not exactly snow-less and I never had a problem driving 100 miles a day round trip to work. Traction was never an issue for me.

As for the trailer...I rented one for my 2001 explorer...I guess they didn't have that rule that day.

I just don't need an SUV down here in the south. Time to look into something more usefull like a lightning/fox body/03-04 cobra coupe. If I don't sell it, I will trade it in once it is paid off in april or may.
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I'm going to Boston College, probably majoring in Finance.

On another note, graduation today!

congrats! and u won't have to live in hillsborough...i hate that place...i have to work through there and i definately got pulled over on 206 for 47 in a 45....grr lol
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x2, and I will also say wrangler, but that probably wouldn't be too good for a first year driver like your sister. But if it says jeep, I like it (cept for maybe the liberty) You could always go old school and get a Full Size Jeep (Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer, Cherokee Chief) Parts are cheap as hell since those three are basically the same and stayed the same all 30 years they were made.
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congrats! and u won't have to live in hillsborough...i hate that place...i have to work through there and i definately got pulled over on 206 for 47 in a 45....grr lol
Haha yeah I HATE the cops around here...i got pulled over for 37 in a 35...cop asked for license, and I gave it to him. I'm 17, so its just a provisional license meaning i can't drive after 12 and I can't drive more than one other non-family member....he was like "shouldn't there be an adult in the car with you?" I politely reminded him that that is for a permit...great that the cops don't even know the rules.
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Haha yeah I HATE the cops around here...i got pulled over for 37 in a 35...cop asked for license, and I gave it to him. I'm 17, so its just a provisional license meaning i can't drive after 12 and I can't drive more than one other non-family member....he was like "shouldn't there be an adult in the car with you?" I politely reminded him that that is for a permit...great that the cops don't even know the rules.

like i said, gotta love hillsborough....
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I was making a left, across 206. There was a line of traffic by the light, and the lady in waved me on, so I started to turn into the parking lot. Idiot driver behind the lady was doing around 40-45, and decided that it wasn't worth it to stop so he went over on to the shoulder to get around her and drilled me...not my fault because it was a one lane road, but the other lady said that no one waved me on and I just turned right in front of her, so no one was given the blame.
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coulda been worse, I bet his trunk still closes okay
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all of these accident threads make me not want to drive in jersey......
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coulda been worse, I bet his trunk still closes okay
Yep...still does, just went and got everything out of it today...neither door opens though.
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