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muleskinner

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131 days ago

So I decided I need to replace the family car. So far I’m tending towards a Subaru Forester, a Ford Escape and a Hyundai Santa Fe. Any personal recommendations or horror stories?

-- Visualize whirled peas


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RockyTopScott

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#1 posted 131 days ago

Everyone I know that has owned a Subaru, just loved their ride

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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#2 posted 131 days ago

forester

lucky you

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 131 days ago

Beware of Hyundai. Miss a scheduled service at the dealer and the warranty is void! We would have bought a Ford Escape, but the seat aggravated my wife’s back. Same with the Subaru. Ended up with a Honda Crosstour.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 131 days ago

BTW, Stay away from Dodge Journey. When our Chrysler T&C needed brakes every 18-20,000 miles, the receptionist at Dodge told me she traded in here Caravan for that reason. She got a Journey. It has the same problem! ;-((

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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muleskinner

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#5 posted 131 days ago

That’s been my experience too, Scott. One daughter has one and swears by it. I did have one guy tell me the older ones had issues with the horizontal opposed engine but the newer ones have overcome them.

I guess I am lucky in the sense that I am able to get a new car but it’s not something I like to do very often. I tend to hold on to them a long time. I want something that’s going to be hold up under normal treatment and standard maintenance. Based on my experience with my 18 yr old F150, I tend to think equate Ford with durability. I remember when there weren’t any Hyundais on the road so they strike me as the new kid on the block. Although they seem to get decent reviews and I really haven’t been able to see a quality difference between the three, in the back of my mind they carry a Yugo-esque stigma.

We bought a 90 Chrysler mini-van new in 1990. Put 200+k on it before the engine started going. Never had any issues with it. Wife loved it. I felt it put my manhood in question when trying to make eye contact with the blonde in the Mustang alongside me at the stoplight.

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#6 posted 131 days ago

i guess you better stay in the sailboat then

let the blondes come to you

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 131 days ago

If you have time go test drive them all. Since you’re at it stop by Honda and try the CR-V.

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#8 posted 131 days ago

We just sold our 2006 forester that had 207,000 miles on it. It was still going strong, but I wanted her to get a new one. We bought a 2014 forester. It gets 30 mpg, which is very good for an all wheel drive. About the safest car out there. Subarus are known for the pillars being very strong that support the roof. In the fire service they are known for being difficult to cut due to the thick steel in there. Most cars we can just cut right through the pillars with our hydraulic cutters, not the subaru. This is coming from a ford guy. I love my big ford truck, but nothing does better in the snow and ice than a subaru. Convinced?

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#9 posted 131 days ago

That issue that you are talking about was taken are of years ago. You used to also have to change the timing belt very 100,000, but they now have a chain that doesn’t need replacing regularly. The new ones have a continuously variable transmission instead of a conventional gear box. It’s very smooth. There are no gear changes.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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firefighterontheside

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#10 posted 131 days ago

As far as your manhood, I love driving her car. It’s fast.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#11 posted 131 days ago

We have had a Buick Enclave for 5 years. Maintenance has been minimal, tires, oil changes and State inspections. Rides like a sedan yet the back will hold a full sheet of plywood or lumber to 10’. Gas milage is about 18 but on long trips we get it up to about 22. Plenty of leg room, heated seats, elec tailgate, OnStar and Satelite Radio. We are planning to replace it with another of the same soon as this one starts to nickel us.

For my money, when I was still able to drive I had nothing but GMC Suburbans. I had 8 from 1974 until my last one a 1994. We still drive it as a second car and it now has 176,000 miles with nothing more serious than an alternator go out.

Been driving GMC products since a 1961 Chevy Station Wagon. I am disappointed that the Chinese own them now.

-- If trees could scream, would we still cut them down. We might, if they did it all the time for no good reason

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#12 posted 131 days ago

My daughter has a Ford Escape and loves it. She bought because she just sold her little Ford Ranger that had 260K on it and the first guy to look at it bought it. The Forester is a great car also. I sister-in-law loves hers and she is not easily pleased. I don’t think you could go wrong with either.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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mloy365

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#13 posted 131 days ago

I have two Escapes, a 2009 and a 13. I really like them both, but the new one is truely amazing! My wife puts a lot of miles on per month (approx. 3500) and we have had no major issues with these units. Gas mileage is good. The feel and handling of the 13 is great.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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DrDirt

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#14 posted 131 days ago

We got the Forrester as a 2009 in the fall of 2008, when they changed from the boxy wagon to the mini-ute look.. Wife loves it.

My only complaint, is that the body in general is pretty thin metal.
here in kansas where it is windy (ALWAYS), door dings are really common.
Her 2009 forrester, looks much worse than my 2002 Suburban. You see a nasty dimply for every singly ding.

But I would suspect the newest offerings from all the manufacturers, have continued to make vehicles lighter and lighter. (so flimsy)

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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#15 posted 130 days ago

You know, the Subaru horizontal engine is one of, if not the only automotive engine that is considered durable enough to convert to aviation use. I used to hear they ran an engine at 100% output power for over 100,000 miles continuously without any failures. I believe I remember seeing that claim in some of their advertising come to think of it.

I’m a Ford fan myself and I always wanted an Escape since the first one I ever saw. Seemed like the perfect size, power and fuel economy. wound up with an F150 when my son got transferred overseas and couldn’t take it with him. I had a few problems with it. Synchronizer ring broke in the tranny. Water pump failure, air conditioning leak; but nothing major in 95,000 miles.

Then I got a Suzuki SX4 in 2008. Still runs like a bandit after 110,000 miles and I never had any engine problems at all. My business partner has put over 300,000 miles on a Japanese vehicle without any engine issues. The person he sold his car to is still driving it every day. You can call them flimsy or not, but I’d take a Japanese vehicle over any other if durability was my only concern.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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