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  Member1051

2016 ND, GT, 32000 miles. Purchased new.

Heavily modded for comfort with some performance improving items as well.

Very seldom drive it hard.

I have always been someone to trade every couple of years but not with the ND.

Plan on keeping indefinitely.

Have had some early warranty work but nothing serious.

Currently have extended warranty, mainly for peace of mind. For me, that is very comforting and worth the cost.

This is a dealership sponsored long term, 100% warranty, with no co-pay

In a world full of unknowns and surprises, this is one area where I have control.

are extended warranties worth the cost?
  MarkMiller

Most people have "one of the good ones". These reviews are populated by fake Tesla owners who write fake Tesla reviews. Never under-estimate the disruption that is Tesla. The haters will try to slow them down by lying about the cars but once you inspect and drive one you will see all the negative reviews are just a pile of lies.

Terrible Experience, Tesla Doesn't Care
  Tishpit

I too am shopping for a small SUV with AWD. I am very leery of CVT's as down the road, replacement costs are astronomical and are reportedly not as reliable and long lasting as a conventional automatic. I've had a few cars with CVT's and also found the hesitation when pulling out quickly frightening (Chevy Spark), though the hybrid CVT's seem to work better (C-Max, Prius). So if you remove CVT's and dual-clutch automatics (again, quirky, costly to repair, reliabiity issues), then the selection is way down. I've read reports where the new design RAV-4's have had a lot of issues and the prices are very high with no discounts, especially 2021. I've narrowed it down to: Buick Encore (not Encore GX... tried both and the quality of the GX seemed lacking in comparrison... even slamming the door the GX sounded less solid than the older design Encore), Ford Ecosport (though I detest the swing-open rear "hatch" and no spare tire), and possibly Honda HR-V (yes, it's a CVT, but reliability seems to have improved on the Honda CVT's, though I still don't like the driving characteristics). The Mazda is a good choice if it fits in your budget and cargo room needs. I looked at the CX-30 and the cargo space is just too small (I have 2 dogs and carry large boxes at times). For your daughter, I would strongly urge you to look at the current Kia Sportage. Really NICE vehicle... quiet, nice ride, good handling, good performance even with base engine, MPG is o.k., good old 6-speed automatic. I would grab one in a heartbeat, but unfortunately, my garage is too small and I wouldn't be able to open the doors; so I need something narrower. Hope that helps!

Small suv for daughter need help
  LectroFuel

It doesn't make much sense to buy a used car right now. Toyota RAV4 (especially Hybrid) and Mazda CX-5 and CX-30 are some of the most reliable mainstream SUVs right now. They are all good choices. I wouldn't worry about the CVT in the CR-V. The CVTs from Honda have been reliable. Subaru and especially Nissan have the worst CVTs.

The CR-V has the most cargo and passenger space. The Mazdas have the least space. The RAV4 is on the smaller side, but still good.

I haven't heard of anything with headlight problems on the RAV4. I've heard of people having trouble filling their cars with gas due to the gas chamber closing off. Also, the gas tank gauge sometimes is inaccurate. Not a big deal.

Small suv for daughter need help
  LectroFuel

The Toyota Sequoia is the most reliable full size SUV. Toyota Land Cruiser is not really full size, but is worth checking out if you don't like the Sequoia for some reason. Just make sure any SUV you are about to buy was maintained well. I believe both Toyota SUVs have timing belts in most of their engines.

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  LectroFuel

Yeah, the upgraded engine options in these midsize sedans don't sell as it is. It wouldn't make sense to develop an AWD V6 or 2.0T.

However, Toyota went the "extra mile" and added AWD to the Avalon and ES350... with the unrefined 2.5L. They actually added new *inferior* engines from the parts bin to existing cars to give them AWD. Now your Lexus ES can sound and perform like a 1995 Camry 4 cylinder...

2021 Toyota Camry TRD Review
  LectroFuel

@mkaresh I expected the Atlas would be more profitable, but one mainstream SUV being more profitable than eight mainstream sedans shocked me. I guess I don't know a thing about car profitability. Now I really know why automakers only sell SUVs.

@jrmarble This will be the car that every teenager wants. First it was the Jetta; now this. Imagine how many of them will forget or ignore servicing the dual clutch every 40k miles on the AWD models. It is a $400 job. If you have to buy a new car for this cheap, you probably want it to require less maintenance than the Taos does. I'd much rather buy a slightly used RAV4 or CX-5 with 50k miles and enjoy a higher-quality vibe than any subcompact CUV.

2022 Volkswagen Taos Review
  jrmarble

I would like to see one more category. Reliability. Does not VW have one of the worst realibility records? It does not matter the price, features or looks if it spends too much time in the shop.

2022 Volkswagen Taos Review
  mkaresh

Sorry for not responding sooner. My concern with the Eos would be the reliability of the complicated top mechanism as it ages.

If you intend to flat tow the vehicle, without a dolly or trailer, then no German cars are approved for this. The only European car approved for flat towing is the smart fortwo.

Guides specifying which new vehicles were approved for flat towing, and the procedures for them, can be found at motorhome.com.

Looking at the 2010 list, the only convertibles were the smart, the Infiniti G37 (with manual trans), the Jeep Wrangler (seems to be a popular choice), and the 370Z (manual).

Reliable German convertable no older than 12 years to be used as a towed vehicle behind a motor home.
  mkaresh

Ford offered the Fusion Sport, but it was quite expensive. Nissan and Toyota have opted to offer AWD only with their sedans' base engines--market research must have indicated there wouldn't be enough demand for AWD with their V6s. Acura does offer the TLX with AWD, but of course it's pricey.

2021 Toyota Camry TRD Review
  mkaresh

Did it seem to possibly have more than one meaning? The Atlas is much less expensive than other German-brand SUVs. It's still far more profitable than the Passat.

2022 Volkswagen Taos Review
  LectroFuel

"Despite its value pricing (by German standards), each Atlas earned more profit than eight Passat sedans."

That is hard for me to wrap my head around. I had to re-read that sentence a few times.

2022 Volkswagen Taos Review
  Sea-Dan

To my knowledge, reliable German converts for towing behind a motor home has rather limited options Your pretty well limited to a VW Eos, BMW, or Mini none of which are renown for their reliablity. For my money, being a former Golf owner, I go for the Eos. Besides being relatively reliable, you won't have to worry about anyone cutting a hole in your roof!
I'd love to hear what you or others come up with.

Reliable German convertable no older than 12 years to be used as a towed vehicle behind a motor home.
  LectroFuel

I think you'd be best off with the 2004-2020 Sienna because of the superior reliability. The V6 has been around forever, so it is proven. If you want AWD, that is also available in the Sienna. The Odyssey seems like it either has engine or transmission problems for every generation.

But honestly, none of the minivans will really be hard to DIY. I think the Dodge GC and T&C with the Pentastar V6 are also pretty easy to fix, and the price of entry is cheaper than the Japanese options. They aren't as high quality though.

Thels car
  11B-33T

Chrysler had an issue thru 2018 with their min-van hoods when the aluminum is beginning to galvanize under the paint. It was covered by the 3year / 36k mile warranty so you would have to have the hood fixed by a local body repair shop. If you like the van then get it as it's only a cometic issue.

Paint bubbling on hood of Grand Caravan
  LectroFuel

It baffles me that automakers don't add an LSD or AWD to these performance-oriented family sedans. Every review of the Kia K5 GT says the wheelspin ruins the driving experience. If I was buying a Camry I'd skip the TRD and go for the XSE Hybrid.

2021 Toyota Camry TRD Review
  LectroFuel

They are replacing them for free if it is within the age/mileage limit.

https://www.engadget.com/tesla-model-s-x-touchscreen-warranty-adjustment-104046045.html

My wife's 2018 Model 3 has rebooted only a couple times. I count that as normal since all of our cars reboot their screens. Shortly after buying the car however, the screen froze on her and she pulled over with the car facing a steep uphill grade (at least she was in a safe place). The car wouldn't go into park or change gear and when pressing the "gas" pedal nothing would happen. The car would just roll backwards since it was on a hill. So, she held the two buttons on the steering wheel to do a hard reboot and that fixed everything. It hasn't happened since. If the car died while driving, that would be a big problem. But it died when she pulled over so it was fine.

The older the Tesla, the more glitchy the infotainment system will be. Just like a computer...

Center Screen
  LectroFuel

Congrats and thanks for letting us know of your choice!

Larger, Reliable, Fuel Efficient, Family Vehicle
  LectroFuel

I agree with Dan about the Outback vs. Forester. I'd buy an Outback over a Forester. It's just nicer and is a wagon, so it isn't like everything on the road.

The RAV4 Hybrid is another good choice. If you don't need an extremely capable AWD system, the RAV4 Hybrid's AWD system can do 80% of what the CR-V Hybrid can do, but gets a lot better gas mileage than the CR-V Hybrid. Especially on the highway. The RAV4 Hybrid should be the most reliable small SUV on the market. Toyota has over 20 years of hybrid experience and the basic powertrain concept has been the same.

The 2021 Santa Fe looks super nice. Basically looks like a smaller Palisade with the same amount of luxury. It is also available in a Hybrid this year, but reliability might not be top-notch because it is a newer powertrain. However, you get a 10 year/100k mile powertrain warranty so I wouldn't worry about that.

The 2021 Kia Sorento is the cousin of the Santa Fe, seems to drive very sportily, and has a nice interior. Same warranty as the Hyundai, and is also available in a hybrid.

I would get a hybrid no matter what. Unless you rarely drive, it almost always ends up being cheaper in the end. Also, the hybrids typically drive better than the gas counterparts. This is especially true with the CR-V and RAV4 hybrids.

Good luck and please let us know if you read our suggestions!

Newer Version Forester
  Sea-Dan

With $40,000 to spend, you have lots of excellent options.
The top of the line, current Subaru Forester Limited meets all your requirements quite nicely for about $35K.
Same goes for the 2021 Outback - same drivetrain and many other parts as Forester, but more plush and comfortable. Getting a similarly equipped Outback Limited would cost ~ $2K more than the Forester.
Both Subies are relatively reliable, especially in the 1st 100,000 miles.

Another excellent option that meets your criteria would be the 2021 Hyundai Sante Fe. The Santa Fe is also relatively reliable and its warranty is twice as long as most other cars.

Last but not least, take a look at the 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid. Still in your price range and reliable and it will use about 20% less gas than the others, even more in city driving! Overall the Honda would be the least expensive to own over 5-10 years.

Happy car shopping and please let us know what you choose.

Disclosure: I have owned one Forester (2004) and two Outbacks - a 2010 and a 2015 which I still have. Very few issues and all were covered by new car warranty.
I too am considering a new car and currently the new Outback, Sante Fe & Honda CR-V are all contenders!

Newer Version Forester
  camonblaze

Ended up buying a 2013 fwd sienna. Great car! Thanks!

Larger, Reliable, Fuel Efficient, Family Vehicle
  G.E.Harris

I own a 2012 Nissan Xterra Pro-4X with a 6 speed manual. Routine maintenance and avoiding severe modifications (lift kits, massive tires, etc) keep this vehicle a reliable daily driver. The only unexpected problems have been replacing a crankshaft position sensor and driver's rear axle seal. I currently have 238,000 miles and it still gets me to work 84 miles one way!

Member Vehicle Review
  spiked

I guess we got one of the good ones (it seems the 2019+ model 3's have much improved reliability). Our 2019 SR+ had one issue a couple of months after purchase - it self reported a problem with the Power Conversion unit, automatically ordered the part, and I took it in for an overnight repair (Raleigh SC gave me a model S loaner). Since then, nada - not a single problem after nearly 2 years. The most reliable car I've ever owned. And a blast to drive! Also, insurance is very reasonable for this car in NC.

Terrible Experience, Tesla Doesn't Care
  LectroFuel

Excellent review!

Toyota has built another great Toyota Highlander.
  Sea-Dan

LectroFuel is assuming you want a 7 passenger car even though you listed two 5 passenger models (Volvo & Subaru). Actually, w 3 kids, a 7 passenger rig makes a lot of sense, especially if you plan to keep it a long time. He knows his cars and is right on about the Toyotas for a 7 passenger model.
But back to to the 5 passenger models.
Volvo XC 90 is nice alright but will have a higher initial cost and higher maintenence cost than an Outback. If your OK with a 5 seater, a Subaru would be the way to go. You might also consider the Subie Forester. It isn't quite as cushy as the OB, but has a similar amount of room, equipment, and some prefer it -- may also be a couple thousand less for similarly equipped Outback. Many Subie owners put well over 100,000 miles on there without major repairs although about 10% (more if earlier than 2015) use oil, major engine failure is very rare.
Disclosure: I have owned 1 Forester and 2 Outbacks with very little problem (but never kept one beyond 75,000 miles).
Good luck and please let us know what you decide on.

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