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Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Acura MDX, Lexus RX 330, BMW X5, Cadillac SRX, Toyota Highlander, Volvo XC90, SUV
#982 of 1084 Go for SRX
Oct 19, 2005 (10:26 am)
I had a 2004 V6 Toyota Highlander which is the same as the Lexus RX's. It was a piece of crap. Just do a search for Toyota and Hesistation. Both the toyota and lexus shifted like a 100 hp V4. Toyota/Lexus had to issue a new a TSB to reprogram the computers which did not help. And the 5 different dealers i went to, were all rude and ignorant.
After I traded it in for a 2005 SRX V6, I'm in heaven. It drives and shifts like butter. Not to mention is was the Robb Reports "The Best of the Best". If you are not aware of the Robb Report, it's a magazine dedicated to the ultra luxury, they know luxury. It was also Car and Driver's SUV of the year 2 years in a row. And the styling is one of kind, distintive cadillac style.
And 3rd row seating is always a big plus for me and anyone with lots family and friends
#983 of 1084 Re: RX 400h [caps04]
Oct 22, 2005 (5:30 pm)
I am considering the RX 400h, the Acura MDX or the Honda Odyssey Touring model. I currently drive a 1997 Toyota Landcruiser but want to buy something new. I want it to be fun to drive, peppy, better on gas mileage than my Landcruiser, sharp looking, and comfortable. My husband drives a Lexus SC 430. We are a family of 4: our two boys are 11 and 13 and the 13 yr. old is tall so I want plenty of leg room in the second row of seating. Cargo room is a concern too. Primary use is for the two boys and I going to and from school, to the grocery store, etc. but it will also be our family car going out to dinner and our car for occasional family trips. What do you think?
#984 of 1084 Lexus GX470 or 400h?
Oct 22, 2005 (5:57 pm)
I am also considering the GX 470 -- except the gas mileage wouldn't be much better than my Landcruiser -- in addition to our family of 4, we also have a standard poodle. Which choice would be a better fit: Lexus GX 470, Lexus 400h, Acura MDX or Honda Odyssey? My boys and husband would be embarrased to be seen in the minivan but I find it practical and convenient.
#985 of 1084 Re: Lexus GX470 or 400h? [hallini]
by steve_ HOST
Oct 22, 2005 (6:04 pm)
You need one of these:
BOW WOW (Inside Line)
I could see myself cruising around town in an Ivory Ody with a black standard poodle next to me.
#986 of 1084 White Standard Poodle and black Ody?
Oct 22, 2005 (10:42 pm)
My standard poodle is white (although her parents are both black) so what color Ody should I get, black w/ ivory interior?">
#987 of 1084 Re: White Standard Poodle and black Ody? [hallini]
by steve_ HOST
Oct 22, 2005 (10:49 pm)
Since poodles don't shed, I suppose you could get a black Ody with ivory on the inside (have fun keeping all that black sheet metal clean though, LOL).
I'm just partial to black standard poodles myself -- I used to borrow my neighbor's all the time to walk.
#988 of 1084 Desert Rock Metallic w/ Ivory
Oct 22, 2005 (11:30 pm)
All of my cars have been white (just like my poodle) so I am ready for a change (in my car, not my poodle) but a big black van does sound like high maintenance -- the desert rock looks very nice and I think my Sophie Rose would approve too!.
#989 of 1084 Dilema of ML350-SRX V6?
Oct 24, 2005 (6:51 am)
The good news is that the lease on my 2002 JGC Overland HO (High Maintenance) is coming up. Based upon its recent unreliability and the 2005s downgraded (plastic would be rejected by the little tikes toy company) interior, it will be my last of 3 in a row JGCs. Jeep couldn’t even get the Commander right. How can you offer the same vehicle with the same components in a price that ranges between $17K and $43K? It no longer is feasible to go high end with Jeeps and it becomes apparent that their new competition is Scion.
The bad news is the wife has decided she now wants either an SRX AWD (3 row w/ ultra view) or 06 ML350. The worse news is there seems to be no competitive offers on either. There are no 2005 SRXs to be had for a deal and the 06 leases worse then the ML (residuals). Cadillac offers an Escalade at far better deals then the SRX. The residual is sweet on the MLs but the prices seem unmovable and the MF is usurious. To add insult to injury the dealer told me that once the MFs come down in the winter (along with the residual) he would continue to sell them like hotcakes at full price because “MLs sell themselves in snow months”.
So the questions are:
1) Has anyone seen any competitive pricing on either in the NY-NJ-CT area?
2) Is the situation going to get better or worse (should I wait)?
3) Should I get something else? (she was already kind enough to rule out VW, Infiniti, Acura, Volvo & Lexus).
Thanks for any help you can give…
#990 of 1084 Re: Dilema of ML350-SRX V6? [taketheoffer]
Oct 25, 2005 (3:11 pm)
“MLs sell themselves in snow months”.
I wouldn't do business with anybody insulting your intelligence with such a comment. Love the new ML, but they certainly don't sell themselves. You may want to find another dealer, or explain to the Sales Mgr that the salesperson has you walking out the door with such insulting commentary. I'm sure that he/she knows there are options for your business.
Regarding the SRX, your bride may find ingress/egress a bit challenging due to the wide rocker panel trim under the doors. She would get her clothing dirty on a rainy day unless she was 6'4" tall with long legs to match
#991 of 1084 Re: Dilema of ML350-SRX V6? [lovemyclk]
Oct 25, 2005 (5:53 pm)
Thanks for the advice. It seems like they fixed the rocker on the 2006. Besides the mentioned dealer, I have been through a few MB dealers. Nothing close to competitive.
In the meanwhile the Jeep service claim to have finally found what is wrong with my JGC Overland that has been in the dealer's service shop as a regular on & off since May. And finally, the dealership's GM has stepped in and offers to take me out of my lease 4 months early. Great. (isn't that the point of the "drive ahead" program") And get this he will give me a GREAT price. Wow.
Limited 4x4 with Navigation (thats it for options). He offers me a rock bottom sales price of a $37500 for a Base 4X4 Limited w/ Navigation.
Question after researching this site... Isn't that above invoice or am I missing something? & without the $1500 cash back(?)... The Lease #s are $540 a mo. PLUS Tax, tags & 1st Mo at driveoff. This doesn't seem right. Although cheaper then what I was looking at (ML350 & SRX) as I was ready to walk away from the brand (after 2 JGCs in a row 3 total) and was enticed back with an "incredible deal" for a Jeep loyalist & to compensate for me driving a loaner all summer (at Overland prices). I test drove it & enjoyed it but should I be disappointed at the olive branch? What does anyone else think of this.