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Reliable easy maintance low on bells and whistles family suv

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I've looked at the Honda crv, the Toyota rav4, Chevy equinox, and the Ford Escape. I have family telling me the Ford Escape is a "throw away" car, and they all are anti imports, but I want a car that will last. I hate shopping for new vehicals. I have had for nine years now a used 1992 Chevy s10 blazer, but it finally has broken more than it is worth fixing. I want it to be more fuel efficient than what I had if possible and I was getting about 18-19 combined highway and city mpg on average. I don't really want power windows or locks, or airbags but I don't think I can get out of it so at least as few of these things as possible. Especially as few airbags as possible. I'd like to keep maintance costs from being super high because we will probably be doing repairs and trying to make it last as long as possible. I hate the Chevy seats and would really like a better seat but not leather. Also it is super hot where we live and I'd like something that cools well into the back seats for the family. I really enjoy driving a family members Ford Focus wagon but they don't make them anymore.

Car Needs: Family transporter / Errands about town

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 75000
Maximum age: 20 years

Maximum price: US $ 16000

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Response from ezgobob

12:03 pm June 2, 2015

Response from mkaresh

2:38 pm June 3, 2015

^ Interesting suggestion. The Captiva is related to the Equinox, but smaller and less expensive. New they were only available to fleets, usually for rental car duty. Could be a good way to go, if you're okay with owning an ex-rental.

You might also try finding a barebones end-of-the-run traditional Ford Explorer or Chevrolet TrailBlazer. Neither is tops in efficiency or reliability, but they'll be more similar to what you're used to and will be more reliable than it has been. Newer is better. Avoid the 2006 Explorer.

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Response from mwcten

12:24 am June 6, 2015

I'd vote for the CR-V or Rav-4. They're reliable with reasonable costs of ownership.

Alternately, there's no reason you couldn't get a Taurus wagon, especially if you value having 8 seats. There are a lot of them on autotrader and craigslist. Or even the freestyle that replaced it. They're not the most reliable, but they're not difficult to work on, and parts are very cheap.

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