- Nov 21, 2008
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FJ is a great option imho , visibility may be an issue as noted but probably would resolve as a daily driver .We inherited a 2016 RAV4 from my wife's mom when she passed earlier this year. Our son is about 2 months from getting his full driving permit, so he drives it to school every day with me in the passenger seat and the dog in the back and we return home via the local park for a walk after dropping him off. I actually kinda enjoy driving it on short trips compared to the gigantic GLS AMG douchemobile and swear the dog prefers it too -- have to bribe him into the back of the Mercedes but the minute the Toyota tailgate pops he's in there like a flash. Seems like a downsizing opportunity.
Anyway, the car said son would really like is an FJ Cruiser -- which is possibly the most robustly valued, reasonably recent, used car that's not an exotic. Not sold in the US since 2014 and up to 100K mile examples routinely go for well over their original MSRP. Has become a bit of a cult car on the West Coast. His argument is that, given scarcity, depreciation will be minimal going forward -- which is probably true. And one of reasons people like them so much is they are extremely reliable. IDK, we'll see.
A few weeks back I was washing my Porsche at my brother‘s house. He comes out and sees this giant rock chip that tore through the PPF on my hood. He was like “were you driving your car on the highway? Wtf?”High mileage quickly is generally highway miles, so it is likely easier on the car.
In the UK the vehicles log book lists previous owners, most high milers tend to be ex lease cars in my experience, so generally well serviced and lots of motorway business miles.I thought high mileage in a short term could also be a rental or courtesy car. Any way to get details on it?
do dealer need to disclose?
Purely anecdotal, but we bought a former rental Grand Caravan when our kids were little (12-13 years ago). It was a year old with ~10K mi, ran like a champ and was a steal. I'm fairly certain they had to disclose that it was a fleet car. My wife traded in my Infiniti FX35 that I only drove for a year before I changed jobs and got saddled with another company car. She couldn't make the FX35 work with the kids, their friends, dogs, etc. That little FX was a joy to drive and I drove 25-35K/year. Infiniti got it right with that vehicle.Yeah, I always see them as 1-2 years old with <10k miles/year (often <5k).
I put a lot of miles on my daily driver, about 25,000 miles per year, and most of it is highway driving (which is less punishing to most cars). Picks up some stone chips, but it gets serviced regularly. You definitely want to see the service records, and of course it depends on the condition and price of the vehicle.
Bring it to the shop that did the PPF for you. A stone put a bad tear in the PPF on the hood of our Cayman, and they replaced the PPF on the hood and put ceramic on it for $400. Also if it damaged the paint, they can touch it up before re-applying the PPF.A few weeks back I was washing my Porsche at my brother‘s house. He comes out and sees this giant rock chip that tore through the PPF on my hood. He was like “were you driving your car on the highway? Wtf?”
I just looked at him like are you a fucking idiot. Where the fuck else am I supposed to drive my car and enjoy it? I’m not going to drive it in the city with stop and go traffic.