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Looking for a SUV, but I could take a Sedan. Up to 150K kms. Reliability and low maintenance cost preferred. I know fuel economy might not be ideal. Looking to spend max 10K Canadian dollars

Priorities: Warranty, maintenance cost / Reliability & durability / Depreciation

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Sedan / SUV

Car Needs: Daily commuter / Family transporter

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 120000
Maximum age: 8 years

Maximum price: C $ 10000

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Response from samuel.bethune

10:52 am September 1, 2016

There are a lot of choices in this market segment, so are you considering an SUV for the room it offers or are you looking for some other consideration such as 4WD/AWD? If you're looking for reliability a used Toyota Camry or Honda Accord are in your price range. If you want something a little bigger than that a Chevy Tahoe, Ford Expedition, or GMC Yukon might fit the bill but for your max price you'll probably have to settle for an older one with some miles on it. Fortunately, the drive trains on these are time tested and pretty bulletproof so reliability should not be much of an issue there either.

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Response from adsjr

2:13 pm September 1, 2016

the AWD is a "nice to have" option because of the winter. I am not sure about Chevy's reliability, but anyway the Tahoe is a bit too big for what I am looking for. From my initial research in this price range I saw as interesting options: 2008-2010 Mazda Tribute/CX-7/Mazda6, Ford Escape/ Explorer / Fusion. Hyundai Santa Fe/Sonata and Camry and Accord as you mentioned. I am very afraid of buying a lemon. My last 2 experiences were disastrous.

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Response from samuel.bethune

3:50 pm September 1, 2016

I'd recommend you avoid the Ford Escape. Three of my brothers have owned them and two of them had transmissions go bad. Ford does make an AWD version of the Fusion and that might be a good choice. I'm personally rather partial to Mazda, having owned a Mazda6. I like the CX-7 but I'm a little leery about turbochargers so I'd be reluctant to buy a used one with the turbo engine. The Explorer has been around for a while and third generation (2001-2006) and fourth generation (2007-2013) have generally solid drivetrains and can be purchased at reasonable prices. The difference between the V-8 and the V-6 in terms of fuel mileage is negligible and the V-8 is a stronger engine which won't have to work as hard so I'd prefer a V-8 over the V-6. The only negatives I'm aware of with those cars is the speed sensors for the 4WD/ABS which are on the hubs. If you're mechanically inclined they're not too tough to fix and fairly inexpensive. Also, if the sensor does go out the car can still be driven although you won't have either 4WD or ABS.

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