Thought I'd post here. I trust ya'll.
Back story: My parents are looking at replacing their old fleet (97 4.0 5sp Ranger, 96 4.0 2wd Grand Cherokee).
Both vehicles have served their time well, but are beginning to nickel and dime my parents. They have asked my advice as they seek a replacement.
I have purchased my late-Grandfather's old truck and given to them. -88 Chevy 1500 with 305 or 350 and 112K miles.
Solid machine, but they also tote grandchildren, so want a replacement for the Jeep. The Chevy will suit my dad just fine.
They never drove the D350 crew I had gotten them, so I ended up selling it this winter.
Requirements are awd or 4wd capability for inclement weather. SUV style with liftgate/hatch. Seating for 5-6 max (probably will only be 4 max) and room for groceries/dog in back.
Looking to keep with a friendly budget for them, so probably sticking to around 2010 as the newest date.
I have advised them to avoid Ford due to the crappy quality of their transmissions (cvt) as of late.
Some contenders I have considered:
Nissan Murano or Rogue
Nissan Pathfinder-separate the radiator and trans cooling system/no probs later
Nissan xterra-Same as pathfinder, though pathfinder has fewer complaints elswhere
Honda CRV (Pre 08 due to rack and pinion and A/C issues)
Jeep Grand Cherokee-up to 04 avail with 4.0
Jeep Liberty-08-up, avoid skyroof
Chevy Equinox/GMC Acadia
-3.7 good, but garbage electronics that fail
size/electrical issues galore
Still have radiator/trans cooling issues
Toyota 4 runner
> -Both pricey, but good reviews
Subaru Forester-Only wagon with decent height, other Subies sit too low for them IMO
I will begin to pour over user reviews of these vehicles myself, but as stated, I trust and value your opinions on these models.
I have been told the 4.7 from Dodge is a 50/50 shot at reliability, but have witnessed the 3.7 v-6 go well over 200K with very minimal issues.
This vehicle will honestly probably be the last vehicle my parents will need to purchase.
Both are retired (well, mom will at the end of this year, but drives a school bus) so, neither will rack up the miles on anything they have, and will drive whatever they have till it falls apart (They've had the Jeep and ranger for about 15 years). However, I want them to find a very reliable and safe vehicle for their golden years..
What are your inputs?
Pros/cons about what I've listed?
Something that should be on the list?
Something to avoid like the plague?