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Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Acura MDX, Lexus RX 330, BMW X5, Cadillac SRX, Toyota Highlander, Volvo XC90, SUV
#248 of 1084 Can I consider 4 Runner too?
Aug 15, 2002 (8:30 pm)
Thanks wmquan for the detailed descriptions..
I happend to see the pics of new, redesigned 2003 Toyota 4 Runner and it looks greattt!!! I was wondering if I can even compare 4 Runner with MDX and ML320? If so, what would be the difference and which one would be a good choice!
My Mercedes dealer told me that now they have got 2003 ML320s, but 2003 ML350 would be available sometime in Dec. I dont know if I have to wait and if the wait is worth? He is ready to give 3K less than MSRP for 02 ML320s (38.5K with M1 package)
Now I am kind of confused to choose from ML350, MDX and 4 Runner !!! Someone please help me to choose one of these 3.
Aug 15, 2002 (8:49 pm)
It really comes down to identifying and organizing your priorities. E.g. how much do you care about off-road capability, do you want the "kitchen sink" in safety, do you want acceleration performance, how much do you value statistical quality numbers, how important is the luxury brand, how important is cargo room, passenger, room, etc. I've always felt that until you can outline which ones are your priorities, and then rank them, it's difficult to arrive at a few vehicles, and then make a choice.
The 2003 4Runner is a fairly different animal, but, on paper, a highly competent vehicle (at least!).
Aug 15, 2002 (8:53 pm)
Is anyone researching the SRX in here? Spring '03 isn't all that far off....
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#252 of 1084 Any last words of advice
Aug 15, 2002 (10:51 pm)
Been reading about the MDX. My wife's second Grand Cherokee Limited lease is up in a couple of months.
After driving a number of different SUV's ( I have a Land Cruiser) we believe that the MDX is probably the best for the money. Drive's great, looks better (to us) than Lexus RX 300, etc..
I have a friend who is a GM at a Acura dealership so I can buy a MDX Touring for a great price (Invoice plus 200).
My wife is only considering a Jag S type or the MDX. I think the MDX will be a better vehicle in the long run.
Any last words of advice before I take the plunge?
#253 of 1084 Any last words of advice
Aug 16, 2002 (6:18 am)
Sorry I don't have a real advice. I have 00 RX300 and 02 QX4. I only sat in MDX for a few minutes with no test drive that's all. Your friend as a GM can help you with a great deal so price is not an issue, otherwise it's too expensive to me. The MDX interior looks cheaper than either RX300 or QX4. I believe when I slam shut the last door I saw the dome lamp bounced more than the other cars'(who cares, maybe). One MDX owner said he misses the cargo cover that can hide his laptop, etc. Otherwise, just from lots of readings, it's got to be a great car.
Aug 16, 2002 (6:31 am)
Thanks again wmquan..
Followings are my priorities, in order,
2. Acceleration performance (no towing though)
4. Resale value
5. Luxury Brand
6. Off Road
7. Cargo room and Passenger room
Since I live in Colorado, I would definitely like to go off road, but that is not a priority.
When I went for skiing last winter with my wife, my Ford Explorer lost control on the icy road (at 50MPH), my car slipped from the road, I applied break(human tendency), ABS locked the brakes and my car went and hit the shoulders. Luckily we didn't get hurt, but insurance has to replace both bumpers. This incident made us nervous and the safety issue became a mental block.
I definitely don't want that to happen again if I go for skiing this winter. Someone wrote that MDX is kind of car like driving, FWD and it does not have control if you apply brake by mistake. I was also told that ML320 would greatly perform in such situations.
Now, Could you suggest me which one would suit me fine in ML320, MDX or 4 Runner?
#255 of 1084 My Ford explorer lost control
Aug 16, 2002 (8:35 am)
Don't you really mean you allowed your Ford explorer to enter a skid? None of the vehicles you mention can overcome the laws of physics.
There is one you didn't mention that, while more expensive, is head and shoulders above the others when it comes to AWD performance, the X5.
Aug 16, 2002 (11:57 am)
Sorry for the major spam attack, but this one kinda sounds like fun...
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#257 of 1084 Advice....
Aug 16, 2002 (1:01 pm)
Buy the MDX!
I have had one almost one year and love it. Just averaged 20 mpg for 2000 mile trip. MDX was smooth, comfortable, and engaging all the way.