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2002 Land Rover Freelander - S
Pros: Harmon Kardon Stereo System
Cons: The fact that it is always in the shop...
Advice: Dont get this car!I bought this car with 16000 miles on it and have had it for less than 2 months. In those 2 months, I have had the engine replaced, the transmission replaced, about 25 different sensors or company recommended recalls replaced. It has been into the dealership at least every week and sometimes takes more than a week to fix everything that goes wrong. Props to roadside service though, they have been helpful in the 6 times I have needed to use them in 2 months. I would definitely not recommend this car, and am thinking of getting rid of mine already.
2005 Scion xB - (M5)
Pros: The look and the head & leg room - my hubby is 6'4' and he has plenty of leg and head room!
Cons: Lack of cargo space
Advice: You don't have to get everthing up front, you can customize later!Better then I expected for the price! It has a nice feel especially with the wide low profile tires.
2003 Land Rover Freelander - SE 4dr
Advice: Check out the competitors vehicles...I can't wait till the lease is upOf all the cars I have owned in the past 20 years, this one has been in the shop more than any of them.....HDC light comes on intermittently...usually there is a tech bulletin about the issue, have had to replace brake pads and rotors at 17,000 miles for $600 ... just not very reliable.....
2004 Acura MDX - w/Touring/Navigation
Pros: Nav and sound system
Cons: Lack of (left) foot rest space
Advice: Shop the BMW's - Lexus - ToyotasDrives like a luxury sedan, smooth acceleration, takes turns without the traditional suv tilting and rocking. Quiet engine and very low outside noise intrusion. All disk ABS brakes are truely ideal. Rear camara view when backing up is a great safety feature. Power seats for drive and front passenger allows complete comfort for any size person. Nav system is the best any vehicle has to offer. The Bose sound system, well, you may want to park this vehicle in your living room so you can enjoy amazing hi-fi after dinner. Similar SUV's in its class were also very good, you'll need to test drive them all and form your own preference, but for me, the Acura MDX was the one.
2005 Ford Escape - Limited 3.0L Automatic (500B) FWD
Pros: visibility easy to park
Cons: not much storage
Advice: get the limitedThis is my wifes car and it is a great little SUV it handles great and is easy to park. We have had a lot of positive feed back from friends and others who just really liked it. We got the limited loaded but it did not have a compass and outside temp. Ford wanted about $600 for one to be installed at the dealership. We had an aftermarket one installed today for $277. it looks better than fords and it was a very professional job . I cant think of a thing we dont like about.this vehicle altho we have only had it for ten days Max
2004 Jeep Liberty - Limited Edition 4x4
Cons: Leg room in the backseat.
Advice: Drive it you will love it.I love my Jeeps. I had a 2002 and have just purched my 2nd a 2004. It is great for my needs, and has plenty of power. Our friends have an Xterra and we leave them in the dust.
2005 Scion xB - (M5)
Pros: Color and all around looks of this car
Cons: I love it all
Advice: Buy one you will love it, It brings the kid back in me. Fun to drive. Love it Love itThis car drives like a dream. I love it.