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carluther58

I like the Grand Cherokee,but am concerned about reliability. So am considering Honda CRV or Toyota Rav 4

Priorities: Reliability & durability / Off-road capability / Fuel economy

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 1000006
Maximum age: 32767 years

Maximum price: US $ 6000

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Response from AcuraT

8:36 pm August 13, 2019

From your mileage, age, and cost I am assuming you are willing to go very old to stay in your price point.

Going on that assumption (and assuming those are not typos) your best bet is an old Toyota. Like an old Toyota 4Runner would give you good off-road capability. The RAV4 and the CRV are light duty cars that won't take you off road like a Jeep. The 2010 4 Runner however would. That is a durable truck-based body on frame design that can give you some good offroading.

However, if you don't need that heavy-duty off-road capability that the 4Runner offers like a Jeep but with much better reliability, then the two you picked (RAV4/CRV) will work fine. 2009-2011 RAV4 has good reliablity and is in your $6000 price range, and the CRV from 2012 on has good reliablity (before that the climate control is a problem spot). You might be able to get that in your price point as well.

Since you want to keep the price very low, I would stick with Toyota's 4Runner, RAV4, and Honda's CRV and not look further. Going that old I don't get very adventurous recommending other brands because usually you are just asking for trouble (Mazda could be okay but I don't particularly like their AWD). Subaru's are good until about 100,000 miles that old unforutnately because their main engine seals back then failed a lot in about 20% of their cars). If that engine seal does not go, they can also last 200,00 easy as troublefree as Honda and Toyota, and they do have a better AWD. If you like Subaru, the Forrester can work as well the Outback taking a chance with the main engine seal.

Best of luck.

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Response from LectroFuel

11:31 pm August 13, 2019

I agree with AcuraT. The RAV4 and CR-V are more enjoyable to live with everyday, but when you want to off-road the 4Runner fits the bill. The 4Runner has a weird driving position and you feel like you are sitting on the floor. Also, the ride is very bouncy. You'll need to go very old with the 4Runner to stay under $6000. Probably the third gen. We had a 1997 4Runner 3.4L V6 and sold it because of the ride quality 4 years later. Other than that I liked it and had no doubts it would run forever. I have a friend with a 1999 2.7L I4 and it has 210k miles. He has replaced the head gasket and needs to replace the catalytic converter. It also needs full throttle on the freeway with a slight uphill grade. The 3.4L is definitely more durable and desirable. The 4.0L in the 4th generation is a gem. In fact, the entire 4th gen was a really good SUV overall. These started in 2003. The 3rd gen was 1996-2002.

I've heard mixed reviews on the old Grand Cherokees. I think if you maintain them they can last for a decent amount of time. The 4Runner is still a lot better though.

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Response from MSA2001

1:32 am August 28, 2019

Get a Lexus RX 300 awd if you can find a decent one for $6K. Comfortable and very reliable.

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