Originally Posted by VMan
Thanks for the warnings.
Right now I drive a mid-sized SUV. I like having 4WD in the winter, but wouldn't mind 2WD. I like having the cargo room. I dislike the fuel economy that I am currently getting (13 city / 18 hwy) but can live with that if necessary.
Any recommendations based on that? My budget is $10-$12k as I will be paying in cash. Under 75k miles.
Land Rovers are very nice and impressive cars, but mechanically are junk. Expensive to repair too.
Infiniti QX4? I'd look at Japanese first, but American trucks are a lot better then a lot of people give them credit for. If you can get a few more dollars, and want something flashy, check out Aviators. I have seen '04s with 50k miles going for $15g's or so.
4WD is important if you see a lot of snow.. The back ends of these RWD trucks tend to slide out in wet conditions.