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Searching for a good 4x4 under 30k

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I have an 04 silverado Z71. I have had no problem with the roughly 10" we got in the triad.

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You really would recomend a Land Rover? Won't it cost him $5K a year even if he can "wrench" just to keep the thing running?

 

 

Im biased because I have one. But yeah he probably shouldn't get one either.  I'm just not the type that would spend 27k on a SUV if I was looking for a 4x4. You can build up an amazing truck for much less than that.  Get a Discovery I or II. Upgrade coil suspension, plus tires, with CDL and he can go about anywhere. Accessories are getting cheaper as well.  Granted I would not have it as a daily driver. They are hobby trucks you have to love them but they are cheap now.

 

If I were to pick something relatively new it would be an xterra or fj cruiser. But none of those will have great gas mileage.

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How important is the 4x4 aspect?

I'm asking because if its something you need on a regular basis, you can't go wrong with the Nissan Xterra. Its got some relatively serious off road capabilities for under $30k brand new.

MPG leaves a little to be desired... maybe a little over 20 on the highway. 15ish max for offroading or city driving.

Of the two you mentioned, I would say the subaru. but like someone else pointed out, clearance could be an issue. I'm not big on the overall build of Chrysler vehicles at the moment, but you should be fine as long as you don't neglect maintenance.

 

I'll be driving into the VA and PA mountains on a regular basis.  Also do a lot of ski weekends at Wintergreen and Whitetail.  I used to have an xterra back in the day, made a switch to a GT 'stang the year it was redone, and then went to my current double cab tacoma.    

 

Nissans just feel to cheap to me.  Too plastic-like on the interior and I just never liked the ride.  

 

I'm going to have to check out this crosstrek and compare it.     

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I'll be driving into the VA and PA mountains on a regular basis. Also do a lot of ski weekends at Wintergreen and Whitetail. I used to have an xterra back in the day, made a switch to a GT 'stang the year it was redone, and then went to my current double cab tacoma.

Nissans just feel to cheap to me. Too plastic-like on the interior and I just never liked the ride.

I'm going to have to check out this crosstrek and compare it.


I definitely can't argue about the cheap feel of their interiors. Otherwise I probably would have gone exclusively Nissan (or Infiniti) years ago.

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I have kinda wanted a king cab truck. But just love the old 4runner. I wouldnt mind getting an old land cruiser.

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Toyota Land Cruiser, FJ Cruiser, Xterra or 2001 Montero are good options. All much cheaper than 27k


If you can wrench you could buy a Land Rover Discovery for 5-6k and put another 6k into making it a monster. Then buy a cheap Honda for MPG.


Jeeps are generally POS'


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Incorrect

 

I've had several friends with jeeps and they all had problems. My mother had a Cherokee that rolled down our driveway and into the mailbox because of faulty parking break. Another had 2 engine failures, although she was a women.

 

The only two jeeps I know first hand to be good was my fathers CJ-7 from the 70's. That thing was awesome. The other is a 2003 Cherokee Laredo. Didn't really like the steering of it though, felt like I was driving a car. The new wranglers are nice but I wouldn't shell out the money for one. 

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Weird... my mom's cherokee rolled away too

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