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Old June 29th, 2015, 06:42 PM
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Thoughts?? - 2006 Ford Escape

Looking at one for my of my daughters. Anyone have any thoughts / experience?

130,000 miles, AWD, manual transmission.

Yes, I know it's a Ford, but it's also for a first time driver
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Old June 29th, 2015, 07:45 PM
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Brian, while I like Fords (after driving their new lineup of F150's) you should look at the Honda CRV and the Acura MDX, later years for Acura due to price point....they are extremely safe and last forever.......just my 2c

Or event the Toyota Rav4...the Japanese really make good quality stuff...
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Old June 29th, 2015, 08:15 PM
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Brian, while I like Fords (after driving their new lineup of F150's) you should look at the Honda CRV and the Acura MDX, later years for Acura due to price point....they are extremely safe and last forever.......just my 2c Or event the Toyota Rav4...the Japanese really make good quality stuff...
Thanks Craig - great feedback and much appreciated. The RAV4 and the CRV are actually both on the list. I suppose we'll pay a little more up front for those, but less over the long haul. We're specifically looking towards a smaller-type SUV with a manual transmission, so the good and the bad news is that the playing field is narrow. With our budget, we find ourselves landing in the 2004-2007 range with around 80-100+k miles.

The goal is to get through the balance of high school and college with a "first" car, but also recognize it may very well end up in fender-bender during that time. Since this is for our second of four daughters, ask me how I know how quickly the insurance company will total an Xterra
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We have a fleet of our construction site, all about 3 years old. I have noticed that on most of them the suspension is banging and crashing. No heavy duty offroad stuff just the normal dirt road site. And the hybrid ones are just wierd to drive.
Have you checked out the Subaru's. Bullet proof, and safe, in my experience.
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We have a fleet of our construction site, all about 3 years old. I have noticed that on most of them the suspension is banging and crashing. No heavy duty offroad stuff just the normal dirt road site. And the hybrid ones are just wierd to drive. Have you checked out the Subaru's. Bullet proof, and safe, in my experience.
Thank you - we have not actually thought about Subaru. Good tip, we'll look into them for sure.
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Old June 29th, 2015, 09:27 PM
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Not to be too confrontational, but are you sure you want a manual for your daughter? Does she prefer that or is that something you prefer?

The only other thing I can add is that at 130k, you're looking at replacing a bunch of leaking stuff in the near future. Front main seal, rear main seal, timing belt, cam seals, etc. Budget that in no matter what you buy.
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Not to be too confrontational, but are you sure you want a manual for your daughter? Does she prefer that or is that something you prefer? The only other thing I can add is that at 130k, you're looking at replacing a bunch of leaking stuff in the near future. Front main seal, rear main seal, timing belt, cam seals, etc. Budget that in no matter what you buy.
Lol - fair enough. Manual is our idea. Our girls didn't like it at first, but now they're huge fans. And ironically, it has now somehow scored a lot of "cool points" with their friends after our oldest daughter began driving.

Good tips on the maintenance - thanks Ed.
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I bought an 08 Kia Sportage for my daughter. 100% reliable and is holding up quite well. No regrets what so ever.
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I bought an 08 Kia Sportage for my daughter. 100% reliable and is holding up quite well. No regrets what so ever.
Thank you Dave - great to hear about some firsthand experience with Kia. Added to the search list.

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Subaru Outback..
X2...

Just not the XT. I had an '05 5MT XT and it was scary quick for a station wagon.
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X2... Just not the XT. I had an '05 5MT XT and it was scary quick for a station wagon.
Thanks guys - will look into the outbacks too, minus the XT
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