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Wanted Wanted: Cheap, reliable SUV

Discussion in 'Other Cars' started by Gle8, Jan 17, 2020.

  1. Gle8

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    Hi all,

    A good friend of mine (the local Veterinarian) is in need of new transportation. As you can imagine, local vets aren't exactly swimming in money, and she asked me to help her find a new car.

    Budget is $5K, though I can help out a bit for the right car. I'm fairly motivated, as she keeps my 4 doggos in good health.

    Most important thing is that it won't require a bunch of deferred maintenance or immediate repair bills after purchase. The only other must have is AWD/4WD.

    Not the typical wanted ad for F-Chat, but I'd like to help her out. Perhaps you've got something sitting around that you can turn in to some cash and help out a solid person in need.

    Let me know if you have something that fits the bill. Thanks!
     
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  2. Zack Hawker

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    Feb 27, 2018
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    I believe I have exactly what you are describing.
    Give me a call and I will fill you in on the details.
    480 316 2718
    Zack Hawker
     
  3. Hoodude

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    Glee,let me know if hawks doesn’t work out..my f150 May need a new home,01,lowish miles,extra cab 4 doors,4x4,only big problem it’s here in NC..it’d get to CO no problem,but that’s a flight here,innit..cheers RE
     
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  4. HotShoe

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    How about more info? I need a work truck. :)
     
  5. Hoodude

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    Hot,let glee have his say,and I’ll getback ..it hasunder 140k,leather int,good tires,brakes new,up to date reg maint,pass window inop..
    This only pic I’ve got..it’s in RDU area,my son using it on his dog ranch/spa..
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  6. Gle8

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    PM'd!
     
  7. albkid

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    I know that Mercedes has a bad rep at the moment, but I have a 1998 Ml-320 that is still going strong after 103,000 miles. In the first couple of years, it went back to the dealer many times for various warranty and upgrade work. It has never left me stranded in 21 years. I recently had some paint work done for scratches and body dings and it looks brand new. It is all wheel drive with an interior switch for low range.

    We have taken this vehicle everywhere, from foraging in the Death and Monument Valleys to climbing rocks like the crazy guys who do that sort of thing as a weekend sport. It's been back and forth across the country three times, and gas mileage averaged in the high 20s while at 70 mph.

    Although you could not pry this vehicle from my clenched fingers, I though I would mention my experience with the ML because the vehicle seems bulletproof even after all these years. Maybe it is a candidate for your veterinarian friend. If so, look at a well-sorted 2000 or later as they had some features and additional sound proofing that made the vehicle more comfortable to use. I think the price for such a vehicle will fall with your friend's price range.

    Good luck.

    Jim


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  8. Piper

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    There are 50-60 Buick Enclaves that fit the bill on cars.com. I've always liked the lines on that truck. Would be cheap to maintain.
     
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  9. tfazio

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    On a side note, I am still waiting/hoping to purchase Piper's Cayenne Turbo S should he ever put it up for sale.

    Back on topic, I think most used Subaru's would be a good choice for Vet Friend. See Subaru options near you at below link.

    https://www.cars.com/for-sale/searchresults.action/?mkId=20041&prMx=6000&rd=40&searchSource=QUICK_FORM&stkTypId=28881&zc=80303
     
  10. Piper

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    Wow, I'd forgotten that. Sorry. I came close to buying a replacement a couple weeks ago and would have put it up for sale but changed my mind again. It's hard parting with your perfect car. Send me a PM with your email addr and I'll make sure I know how to get hold of you if I ever decide to part ways with her.
     
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  11. Gle8

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    There's lots of deals out there (local) but I'd much prefer to get her something vetted. I trust the folks here, which is why I posted here :)
     
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  12. Gle8

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    Got a few leads, still looking. Whatcha got?
     
  13. JohnnyRay

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    Can't beat the value of an older Tahoe with a 5.3L. They keep going and going...with minimal maintenance. For a smaller vehicle, a Subaru Outback would do the trick. That opposed 4 cylinder they put in those is amazing...
     
  14. schumacherf2006

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    Does it have to be an SUV? I have a cherry 1 owner 2001 Pontiac Bonneville in my possession.
    148K miles immaculate service records.

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  15. Gle8

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    Unfortunately yes. As a Vet, she often has to transport dogs and such. Thanks though!
     
  16. schumacherf2006

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    Understand
     

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