SuV choice

Discussion in '4x4 / Truck Forum' started by Zehyani, Nov 30, 2015.

  1. Zehyani

    Zehyani Senior Refuge Member

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    would like some advise. I am looking for a new Suv, and have narrowed it down to a late model (2010-2014) Ford explorer, Nissan Xterra and Toyota 4 runner. I live in Minnesota, and handle snow. I also go up north to grouse hunt, so again snow. My boat is small and anything can pull it.

    I keep my cars a long time, but am frankly confused. I want 4wd, and would like a manual transmission, but only the Nissan has one and they are hard to find.
    All advice appreciated. thank you very much.
     
  2. bgoldhunter

    bgoldhunter Senior Refuge Member

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    I'd go with a 4runner and live with an auto...
     
  3. Zehyani

    Zehyani Senior Refuge Member

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    thanks. Is that because of build quality, reliability, personal preference? Also any thoughts on the FJ cruiser?
     
  4. stevena198301

    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member

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    I'd go 4Runner, but I am a Toyota fan through and through. I've owned most all brands of P/U trucks, and Toyota will get my business every time. They are reliable and very capable. I just rolled 200K on the 2008 Tundra I have. Still purrs like a kitten until I make it roar like a lion :)dv). Engines (V6 and V8) are made in my hometown, and provide many jobs for folks here, including some of my buddies. Quality control/Quality acceptance is great.

    As for the FJ, I loved my 2007, but it is like riding in a tank. It takes some getting used to. Lots of blind spots. 4Runner is better for most. Both are exceptional.

    I had 2 bad experiences on both the brank new Nissans I bought (Sentra and Frontier), and they don't hold their value quite as well as a Toyota (or didn't then, I haven't looked at one since).

    You should go and drive them all though, and see how they do for you.
     
  5. Scaledog90

    Scaledog90 New Member

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    Nissan Xterras are junk
     
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    spaightlabs Elite Refuge Member

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    Definitely downscale versus your other 2 choices...
     
  7. Scaledog90

    Scaledog90 New Member

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    I do like those Toyota Sequioa's. There huge inside and you can get a 4x4
     
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  9. Zehyani

    Zehyani Senior Refuge Member

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    Tried an xterra stick shift. Very nice to drive on the road, but too tippy, not enough other safety features. Engine seems strong. I am going to look at the 4runner again. The explorer seems too much like a car.
     
  10. bgoldhunter

    bgoldhunter Senior Refuge Member

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    Stevena pretty much hit it...great build quality and on/off road abilities. Easy to mod if you wish, and great resale value.
     

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