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What car/suv/truc should I get please?
« on: December 03, 2017, 12:08:45 pm »
Hi

my matrix 05 is getting old. I would very much like to buy a used vehicle to replace it.

my Criteria are:

1- has to be very fuel economical
2- has to last 10 years and more.
3- need a high ground clearance for fishing hunting trips , 8 inch or more
4- need to tow a small trailer with a ATV, or a small boat ( 1500lbs ?) 4 or 5 time a year. ( fishing hunting)
5- has to be a AWD , or 4x4. ( fishing hunting)

my priorities are: cheap on fuel and durability.

my budget is between 15,000 to 23,000 CAD

What do you think I should get?

thanks for your help!

Stef, Montreal.

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Re: What car/suv/truc should I get please?
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2017, 12:14:51 pm »
It's already old...so another 10 yrs should be easy peasy...


No Fusion Sport this time... :'(

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Re: What car/suv/truc should I get please?
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2017, 12:46:51 pm »
Rav4 V6 AWD (previous generation)
Venza V6 AWD if you need it to be newer.
Both are reliable, good on gas for a great 3.5L V6.
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Re: What car/suv/truc should I get please?
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2017, 01:18:32 pm »
Did you tow anything with the Matrix?
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Re: What car/suv/truc should I get please?
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2017, 05:00:53 pm »
Subaru Crosstrek...you are the perfect buyer for it - hatchback, big ground clearance, 1500lbs towing capacity....


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Re: What car/suv/truc should I get please?
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2017, 05:09:53 pm »
Subaru Crosstrek...you are the perfect buyer for it - hatchback, big ground clearance, 1500lbs towing capacity....


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Reliability?  Engine issues?  Seems like he's looking for a used vehicle.  A CPO RAV-4 or CRV would probably make sense...

Something like the, perhaps...

https://www.ottawahonda.com/used/2015-Honda-CR_V-id6955819.html
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Re: What car/suv/truc should I get please?
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2017, 08:06:08 pm »
Did you tow anything with the Matrix?

Yes I do. my small trailer and an ATV, (or my trailer and a moose sometimes   ;D...) but it is automatic. do not tow with a matrix manual . my friend did and he burned the transmission twice...


yes I'm looking for a used car. Subaru Crosstrek would be good but I believe only this year's model can tow 15000 lbs. I could be wrong though...

Venza....hen never thought of that .... will inquire. not sure the ground clearance is good for light off road riding


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Re: What car/suv/truc should I get please?
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2017, 08:09:50 pm »
Did you tow anything with the Matrix?

Yes I do. my small trailer and an ATV, (or my trailer and a moose sometimes   ;D...)


yes I'm looking for a used car. Subaru Crosstrek would be good but I believe only this year's model can tow 15000 lbs. I could be wrong though...

Venza....hen never thought of that .... will inquire. not sure the ground clearance is good for light off road riding


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Nope the Crosstrek has always been rated at  1500lbs!


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Re: What car/suv/truc should I get please?
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2017, 08:26:23 pm »

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Nope the Crosstrek has always been rated at  1500lbs!
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thank you for the precision . I stand corrected

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Re: What car/suv/truc should I get please?
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2017, 09:07:16 pm »
What about a second gen 2008 -2012 Ford Escape 4 cylinder?  Ground clearance 8.4 inches.  4 cylinder is rated for 1500 lbs.  6 cylinder model available for more towing and power, but slightly less fuel efficient.  Common enough vehicle to find used, and find used parts.  Reliable. 

Toyota Venza 8.1 inches of ground clearance, similar fuel economy.  4 cylinder only rated for 1000lbs.  Tires are bigger and more expensive on the V6, which is something to consider for light off roading.  More expensive to buy.  Reliable as well.






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Re: What car/suv/truc should I get please?
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2017, 10:01:32 pm »
Escape Hybrid?

The nicest Highlander Hybrid you can find in your budget.
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Re: What car/suv/truc should I get please?
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2017, 10:28:52 am »
Reliability?  Engine issues? 
Here we go again ::)

Subaru engines are not "unreliable".  Stop spreading sh!t you have no knowledge of, FFS.

What about a second gen 2008 -2012 Ford Escape 4 cylinder?  Ground clearance 8.4 inches.  4 cylinder is rated for 1500 lbs.  6 cylinder model available for more towing and power, but slightly less fuel efficient.  Common enough vehicle to find used, and find used parts.  Reliable. 

Toyota Venza 8.1 inches of ground clearance, similar fuel economy.  4 cylinder only rated for 1000lbs.  Tires are bigger and more expensive on the V6, which is something to consider for light off roading.  More expensive to buy.  Reliable as well.
Since we're on the blanket statements with no justification, a friend of mine bought a 2008 Escape V6 and sold it 2 months later since it was a POS.  It had no issues when he got it, full service records, and yet it had issue after issue and drank gas like a pig.

The right answer here is a 2014+ Subaru Forester 2.5L.  8.7" ground clearance, good AWD, and very reasonably reliable.  They started at $25k new, so should easily be able to find one in his budget.  Can tow 1,500lbs, and the XT model (will hold its value better, but our 2011 is probably only worth $15,000 on the best of days at this point) can do up to 2,400lbs.  The XT drinks a lot more fuel, but the 2014+ with the CVT was far more efficient.

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Re: What car/suv/truc should I get please?
« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2017, 10:38:08 am »
You can have poor examples of any vehicle.  Not sure what went on with your friends Escape.  But you still see tons of 2nd gen ones that are a good condition.  Many preferred this layout, to the newer ones.  No ecoboost, and the interior is much simpler, more boxy as well. 

He mentioned he wanted a 10 year old plus vehicle. The Forester is slightly more fuel efficient, but the price of the Escape would be less.


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Re: What car/suv/truc should I get please?
« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2017, 11:44:23 am »
You can have poor examples of any vehicle.  Not sure what went on with your friends Escape. 
That's my point.  In positing my friend's Escape, I was suggesting that one-offs or even "some-offs" are irrelevant since you don't know maintenance history or when folks do band-aid fixes to hide problems until some later time.

He mentioned he wanted a 10 year old plus vehicle. The Forester is slightly more fuel efficient, but the price of the Escape would be less.
No, he mentioned that he wants a vehicle that can LAST for an ADDITIONAL 10 years:
2- has to last 10 years and more.

my budget is between 15,000 to 23,000 CAD
And his budget can certainly get him a 2014 Forester...

There are 37 options (28 automatic) within 100km of Montreal:
http://wwwa.autotrader.ca/cars/subaru/forester/qc/montr%C3%A9al/?prx=100&prv=Quebec&loc=H1B+4B4&sts=New-Used&pRng=10000%2c19000&yRng=2014%2c&hprc=True&wcp=True&inMarket=advancedSearch

Here's a higher-mileage 2015 Forester XT for $14,990:
http://wwwa.autotrader.ca/a/Subaru/Forester/Montreal/Quebec/5_36402054_20140708103258191/?ursrc=hl&showcpo=ShowCPO&orup=4_15_28

Lots of options, and no reason to question whether a 2014 or 2015 can make it to 2028 with proper maintenance.

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Re: What car/suv/truc should I get please?
« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2017, 12:02:56 pm »
I misread the 10 year thing.  I would look for something less than 100k, and not older than 7 years old, especially in Quebec. 

For a Ford dealer, 2012 with 60k on it, $12.5k! Pretty decent.  Better deals if you go private. 

http://www.autotrader.ca/a/Ford/Escape/Terrebonne/Quebec/5_34980915_20060608073654120/?showcpo=ShowCPO&orup=30_15_31

Another one with the V6 for $10k, only 80k

http://www.autotrader.ca/a/Ford/Escape/St-J%C3%A9r%C3%B4me/Quebec/5_35818613_CT20031121105819290/?ursrc=hl&showcpo=ShowCPO&orup=1_15_5

Thousands cheaper and 1/2 the mileage.

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Re: What car/suv/truc should I get please?
« Reply #15 on: December 04, 2017, 12:13:58 pm »
I misread the 10 year thing.  I would look for something less than 100k, and not older than 7 years old, especially in Quebec. 

For a Ford dealer, 2012 with 60k on it, $12.5k! Pretty decent.  Better deals if you go private. 

http://www.autotrader.ca/a/Ford/Escape/Terrebonne/Quebec/5_34980915_20060608073654120/?showcpo=ShowCPO&orup=30_15_31

Another one with the V6 for $10k, only 80k

http://www.autotrader.ca/a/Ford/Escape/St-J%C3%A9r%C3%B4me/Quebec/5_35818613_CT20031121105819290/?ursrc=hl&showcpo=ShowCPO&orup=1_15_5

Thousands cheaper and 1/2 the mileage.
How are any of those comparable?  I'm quoting 2014+, you're looking at 2011/2012.  The first one is an I-4 FWD...the second is a better option, but again, 3 years older.  How well do you think that 2011 V6 will hold up by 2027-2028 (10 years from now)?

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Re: What car/suv/truc should I get please?
« Reply #16 on: December 04, 2017, 12:22:03 pm »
Reliability?  Engine issues? 
Here we go again ::)

Subaru engines are not "unreliable".  Stop spreading sh!t you have no knowledge of, FFS.

True, they very reliably need head gaskets.
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Re: What car/suv/truc should I get please?
« Reply #17 on: December 04, 2017, 12:53:55 pm »
Reliability?  Engine issues? 
Here we go again ::)

Subaru engines are not "unreliable".  Stop spreading sh!t you have no knowledge of, FFS.

True, they very reliably need head gaskets.

Quick, somebody, start a poll!
Here's your first data point:
<= 2006 Impreza 2.5i 130,000 km, no HG issue.
'Cause you can only drive down Main St. so many times

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Re: What car/suv/truc should I get please?
« Reply #18 on: December 04, 2017, 12:59:49 pm »
Back to the question at hand: 

Most 4-Cylinder CUV's will be able to tow 1500lbs with relative ease.

I would be looking for the newest Honda CR-V or Toyota Rav4 your budget will allow you to buy.  You'll likely find one in the 5-6 year old range.  Vehicle such as that will easily be able to last 10 years or more, as long as you keep up with regular maintenance. 

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Re: What car/suv/truc should I get please?
« Reply #19 on: December 04, 2017, 01:04:50 pm »
Reliability?  Engine issues? 
Here we go again ::)

Subaru engines are not "unreliable".  Stop spreading sh!t you have no knowledge of, FFS.

True, they very reliably need head gaskets.

Quick, somebody, start a poll!
Here's your first data point:
<= 2006 Impreza 2.5i 130,000 km, no HG issue YET.

FIFY  ;D