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Old 12-25-2015, 01:04 PM   #43
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I bought a used 2005 Jeep in late 2009 and really did like it. Had it up in Upper Michigan for 2 winters, one of the best handling 4WD I've driven.

THEN I had the recall done in 2013 for the transfer case and the dang thing has not been the same since. First it wouldn't shift into/out of neutral. Took it back to the dealer multiple time, they denied there was a problem. Finally found a work around by pulling a fuse to reset the transfer case computer, I still had a problem but at least I could work around it. Finally had a 2nd recall to fix and it seems to be OK now. Then last year I got a recall on the ignition. The jeep would actually loose all power to the dash, the engine would run but everything in the front would go dead, and then come back on. Finally got the ignition switch replace and it hasn't had an episode now for ~7 weeks (fingers crossed). What really turned me off was the Jeep Customer Service or lack of. Will never buy another Jeep product.

I also own a 1989 GMC Suburban, 4WD with ~200K miles on it and it is running strong. I've owned it for 25 years. I've started using it on property I'm clearing off, pulling stumps etc, what a work horse. My SIL has a 2004 that has _250K on it and it running strong. I'd buy another one in a minute.
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The old girl just keeps on ticking, the most reliable vehicle we have ever owned.

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Old 12-25-2015, 04:58 PM   #45
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We live in a rural environment, our 'driveway' is a 1000 foot private road so we need an SUV, up until recently, one with low range. Over the years we have had Jeep Grand Cherokees (2), Ford Explorers (2), Olds Bravada. Jeep Liberty and our current choice...we are on our second Cadillac SRX. The only vehicle we would buy again is the Liberty, we did not like the way it handled....and of course we CAN'T get another Bravada!
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2005 Lexus RX330. Best vehicle we've ever owned. Only gas, oil changes, and tires in 10 years. I do need to buy a new roof antenna for it because the car wash tore it off! We have talked about trading it for a newer SUV, since it's approaching 100K miles. But, it still runs and drives like new.
I have no clue if the Lexus can be towed, we have a 2004 Wrangler for that...
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We have been very happy with our 2014 Mercedes GLK250 4x4. Has a Twin turbo diesel so it has big torque for it's size. Two liters @ 208hp and 370 torques. My best highway mpg has been 45 and average 40. 29 in town.
Bought it while living in Germany so saved a bunch of cash and got to tour the factory to boot.

only issue is that I bought it to pull my Caterham before buying an RV. Neither the MB or Caterham can be towed flat and my Caterham trailer is to small for the MB.
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We have been very happy with our 2014 Mercedes GLK250 4x4. Has a Twin turbo diesel so it has big torque for it's size. Two liters @ 208hp and 370 torques. My best highway mpg has been 45 and average 40. 29 in town.
Bought it while living in Germany so saved a bunch of cash and got to tour the factory to boot.

only issue is that I bought it to pull my Caterham before buying an RV. Neither the MB or Caterham can be towed flat and my Caterham trailer is to small for the MB.
I know what you mean! I have had MB diesels since my first one (1983 240D standard transmission) that I ordered new. Sold it to a colleague in 1995. Then a 1995 300D, 1998 300D, 2008 R350 BlueTec, 2011 350GL BlueTec, then a 2012 S350 BlueTec, totaled that and now S350 BlueTrc. Truly great cars! It is too bad, as you said, you can't tow them fours down. But then, I don't know if I want to tow my S350 even if I could!
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Old 01-02-2016, 08:33 AM   #49
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The wife loves her Explorer Sport, 6 passenger sport suv ...
awd, but don't think it is 4 down towable..
if I had my druthers it would be the raptor,
but alas, the jeep wrangler is dragged around.
What year is your SportTrac? I have a 2008 and bought it used that was all setup to be towed flat. It has a Ford electronic neutral switch. With that, all I do is put the transmission in N, the key in position 1, hold the 4x4 Auto switch for 5 seconds and then turn the key to position 0. It turns everything off, puts the transfer case in N, keeps the steering wheel unlocked. I have towed it for two days continuously over 1,200 mi without any reset or starting it. It has a big battery.
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I know what you mean! I have had MB diesels since my first one (1983 240D standard transmission) that I ordered new. Sold it to a colleague in 1995. Then a 1995 300D, 1998 300D, 2008 R350 BlueTec, 2011 350GL BlueTec, then a 2012 S350 BlueTec, totaled that and now S350 BlueTrc. Truly great cars! It is too bad, as you said, you can't tow them fours down. But then, I don't know if I want to tow my S350 even if I could!
All the best!
I'll just have to buy a trailer. Luckily we aren't to far from a Canadian trailer manufacturer. (Express Custom Mfg) And with the exchange rate I can get a really nice trailer for not much money. The trailer that my Catarham is on in this picture is an all Marine grade polished aluminum twin axle that I had made to order for $3K. Not bad.Click image for larger version

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I'll just have to buy a trailer. Luckily we aren't to far from a Canadian trailer manufacturer. (Express Custom Mfg) And with the exchange rate I can get a really nice trailer for not much money. The trailer that my Catarham is on in this picture is an all Marine grade polished aluminum twin axle that I had made to order for $3K. Not bad.Attachment 115575
That looks sharp! I love the trailer.
I pulled my 2010 CRV behind my MB 350 GL Bluetec from MI to New Jersey, showing 26 mpg through PA Turnpike. I see that they make a 250 Bluetec also.
Enjoy!
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We bought a used 2013 Lincoln MKX. So far, 4 months, It has been great. 3.7L V6, 305 HP same as the Mustang. It has great style too.
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Just got a 2015 Buick Encore and love it (other than no home link or automatic hatch). Up to now, the most reliable was our Ford Explorers. Took a '94 to 200000 miles and a '96 to 160000. Sold the 96 to a guy in 04 when he hit it. Told him he could buy it so he did and drove it for a few more years later I heard. He loved it.
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We bought a used 2013 Lincoln MKX. So far, 4 months, It has been great. 3.7L V6, 305 HP same as the Mustang. It has great style too.

Are you towing your MKX. I just traded my 2014 Wrangler Sport S for a 2013 MKX. I am towing it and so far love it.
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