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  1. #81
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    Had it for a month and a half and love it, but want more speed/power. Trading for an ev6 GT when they drop.
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  2. #82
    Quote Originally Posted by Papa View Post
    If the X3 is ever released from dealer shop hell, so that it can either be sold or shot, we'll need a replacement for the XO's daily commute: a reasonably priced SUV with AWD, mileage in the mid-20s to low 30s, decent performance and cargo space, and the legs (and comfort) for an extended road trip.

    F*** anything European. And I already have a largish US SUV and a full-sized US crew cab pickup which are more than satisfactory.

    Any love for the Hyundai Tucson? Any other suggestions?

    No tiny cars please. I gotta drive this thing, too.
    The Euro cars went full retard a few years back. Once BMW went from their old reliable inline 6 to everything being turbocharged the cars became disposable.
    Having said that, Hyundai is and has been one the worst brands ever in terms of reliability (Only rivaled by a Euro SUV brand I cannot mention in fear of getting banned)
    For as a SUV that would rival a X3 take a look at the 4 Runner.
    Last edited by psalms23dad; 10-06-2022 at 06:00 AM.
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  3. #83
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    Quote Originally Posted by psalms23dad View Post
    The Euro cars went full retard a few years back. Once BMW went from their old reliable inline 6 to everything being turbocharged the cars became disposable.
    Having said that, Hyundai is and has been one the worst brands ever in terms of reliability (Only rivaled by a Euro SUV brand I cannot mention in fear of getting banned)
    For as a SUV that would rival a X3 take a look at the 4 Runner.
    P23dad, what's your take on Audi? Thinking of eventually replacing my Mazda 3 with an Audi mates to a manual transmission; probably a sedan, to be practical.

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  4. #84
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    Quote Originally Posted by Faramir2 View Post
    P23dad, what's your take on Audi? Thinking of eventually replacing my Mazda 3 with an Audi mates to a manual transmission; probably a sedan, to be practical.

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    Not him, but friend if mine has a new q5 and s4. Both have given him hell, and he's out of pocket a fair bit even thiugh he has warranties and service plans out the ass. Euro is stoopid money, but a 4runner in no way is similar to an x3, especially the 40i and M. Just be prepared to pay. For. Everything. If you can afford it, buy used. If you're pinching pennies, buy new. If you think that's backwards, buy the 4runner.

  5. #85
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    Quote Originally Posted by psalms23dad View Post
    The Euro cars went full retard a few years back. Once BMW went from their old reliable inline 6 to everything being turbocharged the cars became disposable.
    Having said that, Hyundai is and has been one the worst brands ever in terms of reliability (Only rivaled by a Euro SUV brand I cannot mention in fear of getting banned)
    For as a SUV that would rival a X3 take a look at the 4 Runner.
    Hyundai makes the worse engines but has the best EV.

  6. #86
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yondering View Post
    Can confirm, cool Bronco. Except when you twisted the driveshaft out from under it, and turned it into a front wheel drive with a big flappy thing underneath.

    Hey BTW, duallys slide off the road in the snow too.
    They're the #1 "found in the ditch" where I live every time it snows. What you don't see in the ditch are AWD CUV's on proper all weather tires like CC2 or snows.

  7. #87
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yondering View Post
    Too true.
    I wasn't really sold on the crossover thing for a while, but am leaning more that way now, at least for the wife's car. As soon as we can get rid of enough kids to stop driving a Suburban, I'm thinking of probably an FX37 (I like a little older stuff) or whatever the newer QXxx model is of same. I've got the car version of that, and even lowered and on wider tires it's a beast in the snow, and sooo much fun to drive. She likes the slightly elevated position of an SUV or crossover, so IMO the FX37 will be the closest analog to what is working well for me. And for trips, I drive her vehicle, so it's gotta be fun for me. :)

    I haven't driven the newer QXwhatever generation of Infiniti, but have heard from a lot of Infiniti fans that they lost a lot of the fun driving feel with the newer cars compared to the G35/37. Not sure if that translates to the crossover or not but I'd assume so. And say what you will about Infiniti (all brands have their own issues), mine has been rock solid reliable and without a doubt the best AWD system I've ever had for a driving enthusiast. What I mean by that is the ability to induce and control oversteer at will, in slick conditions anyway, with the handling to go with it; it's the same basic AWD system that made the R32-R34 Skyline GT-R cars into track legends. It's really a RWD system with power added to the front wheels as needed; at no point does it ever power the front wheels without also powering the rear, unlike most AWD systems.
    The new Infiniti crossovers are total trash. The QX50, FX37, etc. of which you speak were the last of that breed from Infiniti. If you're looking to stay mainstream, I would highly recommend you look at the Acura RDX. I owned one for a few months and REALLY liked it. It is FWD based, but the tq vectoring AWD system really is legit. It did not FEEL like a FWD car like my Mazda CX5 did. The RDX actually vectors torque. It can push 70% to the rear, and 100% of that L or R to the outside tire in corners under throttle. You can feel it doing so and it's very un-CUV-like.

    That said, I've gone full EV. Once I bought my C40, I knew there was no way I was going back to gas. I plan to upgrade to an EV6 GT as soon as they are available in the US.

    If you want a driver's vehicle pure, though, the Stelvio is one way. I test drove one back to back with an RDX and highly preferred the RDX, though. Still, the Stelvio has its charms if you want something "different", and they look great!

  8. #88
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yondering View Post
    Can confirm, cool Bronco. Except when you twisted the driveshaft out from under it, and turned it into a front wheel drive with a big flappy thing underneath.

    Hey BTW, duallys slide off the road in the snow too.
    Driveline was fine, it was the output shaft on the D20 transfer case. It is a known weak link which is why with a beefed up 351W, 35" tires and a ZF 5 speed I don't normally put it in granny low. Stupid me I was showing off for a 12 year old and blipped the throttle a bit more than I meant to. I'll have to post a picture of the output shaft it is pretty cool.

    Well the SRW F-350 had a couple of things going against it heavy as fuck and the OEM tires wore out at 38K. I would have thought I would have gotten at least 50k. That was some slippery snow. To my credit after putting the Good year Duratracks on and later on the Falken WildPeak A/T3W I have not got stuck since.

    I would even say the dually will be worse off road and in the snow. Although it does have a snow setting, so I am interested to see if that works well.

    The really annoying thing is I just got those Falken tires and Fuel wheels a little over a year ago and I love them, but the dually pattern is just a tad bit different and so I either sell them with the truck or by themselves.

    New truck is built and should be here at the end of the month!
    Last edited by RedLeg0811; 10-10-2022 at 10:28 AM. Reason: Grammer
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  9. #89
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    I've been satisfied with my F150 Lariat. Living in Texas, going from suburbs to my work in the city, it does fine minus the GPA due to the V8 engine. The trip on the I-10 corridor stretch from Katy to Houston last night after a friends wedding and the crazy drivers gave my satisfaction that my family and I are in my truck and not the wife's midsize SUV. Wife enjoys my Geezer features such as actual real cool seats as it vents directly from the A/C system, not just a fan that recirculates the cabin air into the seats in her Lexus 350. My F150 is 12 years old now, mileage at 100K. When comparing to the wife's and son's SUV (both RX350), I will confirm I've had more problems with the Ford such as dual cabin A/C blowers going out and new radio. There are some other minor items like the tail gate getting stuck with broken lock and broken handle on the glove compartment. But that's it besides the 100K tune-up and regular maintenance. I've never been broken down on the road with this truck (yet). Also, I use it for our business with the rental properties. Coming from a Honda or Toyota family (both mine and wife), I often get asked why the Ford and not a Toyota Tundra for the V8. At that time (2010), the Ford F150 had the best crash test rating and with the kids as infants, I'm able to afford the best safety for the family. I'll probably keep it for a couple more years until I'm close to retirement. Then it's either a Suby (forester as made in Japan or Outback), 4runner, or GX460. All of which will fit my needs. In my AO, there isn't much for offroading as I'm in Houston area but prone to flooding during heavy rain or Hurricanes when they hit.

    Fuzzy, congrats on the new ride!
    Last edited by golucky; 10-10-2022 at 08:52 AM.

  10. #90
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    This is the new truck to haul the truck camper and tow the bronco.

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