Last post on Nov 05, 2010 at 2:40 PM
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Hyundai Santa Fe, Car Buying, Car Comparisons, SUV
#3 of 4 Re: Opinions Needed: '04 2.7L 4WD vs. '05 3.5L FWD [motayba]
Nov 05, 2010 (1:15 pm)
i'm partial to AWD and 4WD myself - just love the idea of being able to get up and go without shoveling when it snows - go anywhere as I need to without worrying about getting stuck. I remember one year when cops were stopping people and detouring them if they didn't have 4wd or AWD to get thru some area hit by bad weather! And this is just NJ! They just give peace of mind in bad weather- if I had to choose - and could only have one - I would always go with AWD or 4WD - pays for itself everytime you see someone stuck!
Nov 05, 2010 (2:40 pm)
Thanks to you both for your posts!
Turns out neither of those cars worked out for me once I saw them in person. The 2004 2.7L 4WD had body damage that was conveniently not shown in the autotrader.com photos, and a rear door that wouldn't open. Didn't even give it a test drive.
I came close to buying the 2005 3.5L FWD. Really enjoyed the drive, but there were some issues which the dealer at one point agreed to address, and then reneged on when I was about to write the check. Then he has the nerve to say that someone else is interested in the car and willing to buy it as is. Called that bluff and walked out the door. Anyway, I'm still looking for a Santa Fe. Enjoyed my time with the car (but not the dealer!).
Thanks again for your thoughts. Will keep them in mind as I keep shopping.