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Pros: The Price
Cons: They way it drove
Advice: Test drive it first, then go to other dealerships and test drive their vehicles....You'll see a differenceAfter a week of research on the web I decided I would test drive SUV's tonight. My first stop was the Ford Dealership that was close to my house. On paper and the reviews I decided I had to test drive the Escape...OOps big MISTAKE. The Escape was comfortable until I started driving. When I first got out of the lot I really was disappointed. It didn't get any better as I drove you because yuo could feel every bump in the road. From a performance standpoint Stay away.
Pros: Red night time lighting
Cons: seat belt warning system even in park with door open
Advice: Buy it!Love it! Power and luxury combined....great features and design
Pros: Fold down seats and 6CD changer
Cons: placement of the cruise control and no standard floor mats
Advice: consider opting for the 100,000 mile bumper to bumper and road side assistance.Bought this car new for my wife and fell in love with it myself. It is still hard for me to believe they can load a SUV down the way they have this one for the price they want. Almost makes you feel guilty for trying to bargain with the salesman. Considered other vehicles on the market with similar features but I couldn't find one that comes close to the Tucson for the money and you can't beat the warranty. I love the way it handles. It reminds me of the Toyota Tacoma's handling but without any of the harsh ride. Feels rock solid and gets a five star safety rating. I've looked from top to bottom to try and see where they cut corners to save money and for the life of me, I haven't been able to find any. Have always been a Chevy man but if Hyundai built a pickup truck I would sure be tempted to buy one.
Pros: the color and look
Cons: the overall maintenience
Advice: don't get caught up in the bells and whistles3 years ago I purchased this car new loving the way it looked, drove, and felt. It's served me well, but I have to say that every year I went to get it inspected it cost me over $500. The parts on this car are cheap and do not wear well. My newest mechanic said he would NEVER suggest anyone buy an Ford Escape or Focus. It has cost less to maintain my husbands 12 year old truck. I cannot wait until this lease is over and after this I will never buy american made again!!!!!!!!!!
Pros: look of the vehicle
Cons: repairs, cost of repairs, and lost of value
Advice: I would not buy it againI bought a 2002 Landrover Freelander in January 2003. The car had about 11,000 miles. I have had to constantly change the brakes and the light bulbs of the turning signals. I have recently had engine problems and after $4000 worth of work at the dealer's service center I was told the transmission needs to be replaced. I have 70,000 miles on the car and it has lost most of it's value.
Cons: Cup holders on the dash are a bit out of reach and arm rests would be nice, like that in the Discovery model
Advice: Unless you have to be the first in your vehicle, wait a year, shop around, and you'll save thousands in the long run even with a handful of miles on it.The appearance first caught my eye but the obstacle course had me driving to the table to sign the papers. Of course, wanting the 'ultimate deal' had me placing the salesman on hold for 48 hours to see if I could beat his best pitch. Glad I did... I found my '02 Freelander in the Spring of '03, 500 miles away for $7,000.00 less and only 8,000 miles on the odometer which included a full warranty. Last Christmas we took this vehicle up north the day after a terrible snow storm. This vehicle proved its worth as it plowed through the snow and ice, leaving most others pulled to the side and struggling to make it to the top of a hill. The only complaint I have would be the brakes/rotors I had replaced (twice) since owning. The service department made that easy to overlook with the best service experience I have seen to date. Land Rover Louisville deserves much kudo's for their entire staff.
Pros: Large sun roof and 6 disc CD changer
Cons: Seat comfort.
Advice: Make sure you take and extended test drive -- not just around the block.If the dealer had checked tire pressure, I would have liked the vehicle even better. Tires had 40-45lbs instead of 29/28 which made the ride harsh and noisy. With adjusted tire pressure, the ride, quiet, handling improved markedly. It's hard to believe this is a 4cyld since it drives more like a 6 except the rpm's are greater but still extremely quiet. The power driver's seat is a must have to adjust for a comfortable position and the rear seat room is a bit sparse.