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Pros: fold flat reat seats, side opening rear door, rear mounted spare tire
Cons: motion sickness
Advice: motion sicknesshandles ok. Any car on the market handles better. When compared to trucks I'd say it handles ok. My ranger hugs the road a lot better. My wife gets motion sickness whenever she is a passenger and she almost never has before. For that reason we are selling it.
Pros: The large and powerful powertrain with the shift on the fly 4WD.
Cons: That the temperature controls were so difficult to set. I found myself baking during the day and freezing at night sometimes.
Advice: Just familiarize themselves with the controls; read their owner's manuals, and have a great time.The MDX had very good acceleration from the line although in the higher end gears it did have a tendency to lag behind. This however was only in the upper most gears at a high RPM. The constant power coming from the powerplant and it's unending torque do give the driver the feeling of being able to pull anything while at the same time being babied in a rich and luxurious velvety smooth feline coat. The handling was almost feline like, sure footed and sleek with the large front window giving the driver a great view of the road. The luscious leather gives a nice touch, although some of the controls could have been much easier to find and use while driving. Beside the radio, everything else was virtually out of my control due to traffic, which any normal driver would face. Once I got the hang of it though, it became much easier. I would suggest to any driver to familiarize themselves with this vehicle before venturing out into traffic. Once you do, the road will be at your fingertips.
Pros: 4 wheel drive / all wheel drive
Cons: gas mileage / dead spots in acceleration
Advice: great vehicle if you can afford the gasThe 2004 Liberty (loaded) out-performs just about everything in it's class in power, offroad capabilities, towing/payload capacity, ergonomics, safety features, etc. My one true irk, however, is the gas mileage. It's rated at 17/21 mpg. This is just not true. Expect more like 14/18 mpg.
Pros: The ROOM, the mileage, and the sorry look on the cash-strapped SUV owner's face as you whizz by.
Cons: slightly sloppy shifting
Advice: Don't buy the stupid upgrades except for simple items like the cargo net and maybe the TRD shift kit- wait until you can find them on the web cheaper.Remember the Toyota Alltrak, that bullet-proof and forever-lasting boxy little wagon that had all-wheel drive? Well this is the 21st Century version - albeit with traction control instead, and a LOT more standard stuff, including comfortable seats, remote entry, power windows, and a kicking Pioneer stereo for adults with a decent 'feel' mode - all for under $15K. The most amazing thing is the back seat area, which is as cavernous as the back seat area on a '51 Cadillac. Great for parties or baby feeding. Yes, the shifting is somewhat loose-econobox, but not at all annoying. A TRD shift kit ($275 installed) would make it sportier. The Box has plenty of 4-banger power, even at altitudes. The aftermarket 'green filter' for $50 could help the pep a bit. And the x-Box gets a surprising 33-34 MPG in 80% highway driving - as good as they said it would be (not like my other new cars). If you want a long-lasting wagon with decent performance, wild-enough personality, nice bells and whistles and traction control, and a $3.00 per gallon proof appetite - then get the Box! Why spend $5k more for the Element- I especially hate those plastic Honda panels! I traded a luxury suv for my xB and will never look back!
Pros: The Hardon Karmon stereo system
Cons: It was in the shop most of the time
Advice: Don't buy- Go buy a LexusDon't buy it. It's junk been the shop for everything. The only thing I could about this car is that the customer service at the dealer is good. I would never buy another landrover again. I should of buoght a used Lexus..
Pros: Now I own it...NOTHING!
Cons: Extreeeeemely sluggish
Advice: Buyer Beware!...Very Aware!In all the vehicles I have ever owned this one is the worst! Before you buy, read reviews, as many as you can, they are all true and they are not good! Not only is the vehicle grossly underpowered, anything and everything goes wrong with it and trust me, they will! Once your warranty is over, the multitude of problems and failures will cost you a small fortune to repair as parts and labor are very expensive. Depreciation is MASSIVE and within a short time, the vehicle will be worth just a fraction of what you paid for it. If only I would have done my homework first!
Pros: The automatic passenger side airbag shutoff. Awesome feature with kids!
Cons: Seats are not comfortable for LONG trips.
Advice: Get as many upgrades as you can. Definately the overhead console!I LOVE my Liberty! I have had it for 5 months, have had NO problems and have received excellent response from the manufacturer. It drives beautifully (for an SUV), is fast and very powerful. It is so much fun off-roading with the Libery too.