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why wouldn't someone research (a certain feature) BEFORE buying a car, if it's something you want? especially when so many units have (that feature). I don't get it. I had certain criteria for what I wanted. I didn't even look at cars that didn't have those things. was it a high pressured sales situation? ppl really need to take a step back during the buying process. take your time. drive a bunch of cars from different dealers & different manufactures. then make a short list of stuff you want. then keep looking until you find the right vehicle, at the right dealership for the right deal. it's a great way to weed out the bad dealers & focus on what's really important to you. especially when shopping for a preowned car. yes, you might have to make a compromise, for example, I couldn't find a 4cyl w an OEM hitch so I had to add one. but honestly, I thought I was done carrying 4 bikes & wouldn't need it, so it was a grey area & not a must have
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That's a pretty substantial downgrade from your Limited. You'll definitely miss the features that you take for granted, at least I know would...馃槈馃槑
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do real men drive red cars?
It depends...LOL!!!馃槈馃槑
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just bookmarked a bunch of new cars, that I can get for the price of a used Cherokee ... yeesh ...
You are WAY overthinking this... LOL!!!馃馃槈馃槑
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I wish my Trailhawk was a 6 speed manual, that would be freaking awesome. It would truly be the ultimate SUV, way more than it already is...LOL!!!馃槈馃槑
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or this 2023 Subaru Forester 6spd manual w/ 45 miles
That's a Crosstrek, not a Forester...I think that decision is a no brainer, but the Crosstrek is definitely not a "family size car". You have to weigh the facts, are you going to be happy with a low mileage, stripped down version of what you already have, or something brand new, but way less actual fit and functionality and way smaller, with less room for your adventure gear than you're used to. You're going to need lots of extra gear storage (torpedo box) on the roof, and your seven bike receiver mounted bike rack, which loaded will be bigger than the car...馃槈馃槑
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I know, right??? LOL!!!馃榿馃槑
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BTW, here's a nice deal I found around here with about 20 seconds of searching, but it's almost too good, but it says it's a clean title...LOL!!!馃槈馃槑
Jeep Cherokee | $19,995 | Smithfield, UT | KSL Cars
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HOWEVER! next up: Pre-Owned 2020 Ford Escape SE Sport Hybrid SUV
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Jed says, if you are going the Ford route, look at the V6 AWD Edge. I would think twice about any hybrid. My son's girlfriend has like a 2016 Prius, that's now worthless to her because the batteries are cycled out, and she doesn't have $7000 to replace them. Won't run with bad batteries. Just a friendly FYI...馃槈馃槑
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How many miles on that Prius? Something鈥檚 not right there.

We have a couple friends that have went 10-15 years and 200k+ miles on them. My wife had a new 鈥09 Prius that over time she put about 160k. Would have kept going, but someone re-ended her and totaled the vehicle back in 2016 on her way to work.

She now has a 2016 Lincoln MKZ hybrid with about 120k. Runs like new! Hybrids tend to have extended warranties built in on the batteries and hybrid systems (the Prius鈥檚 do - or at least did), so I鈥檓 very curious what the deets are with a 2016 Prius needing a battery, let alone it not being covered. Sounds like an EXTREME outlier.

I would counter that hybrids are one of the best options out there right now when gas mileage is important. For instance, my wife鈥檚 former work commute was about 20k per year for just work. Now a permanent WFH situation, but at that time, hybrids were great, and very dependable for us. I would not hesitate to go with one. Ford (we have experience with a Fusion hybrid in our family, and now my wife鈥檚 Lincoln), have been extremely reliable for us. Neither was as great on gas mileage as the Prius, but both drove and handled better, and both were light years more comfortable than the Prius.
It's very possible that it's something else. That's just what the dealer is telling her, and we all know how that goes. I know nothing about hybrids, or EV's, other than the fact that I'm not interested, and we still have a lot of work to do before we can even start thinking about 100% renewable energy sources. I'm the guy that brings trash bags on the trails, and public land areas, and packs out not only my trash, but everyone else's. I leave the places cleaner than when I got there, so I still believe in saving the planet in the practical ways...LOL!!!馃槈馃槑
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well the deed is almost done, but I made my decision & I wrote my check. we swap cars & sign papers this afternoon. so I'll have the other 2014 Cherokee for the time being ... will try hard not to invest a lot of money into it, trying to convert the sport into a limited. I'l probably do the radio head unit tho

can't say enough about having a car dealer you like & trust, local to your home town, a 15 minute walk away

it's not much to look at
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trying to convert the sport into a limited.
See if they'll let you swap out the wheels and tires from your Limited. That's a great start...馃槑
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Hopefully it can come with recovery hooks or it is a non starter. Can't go anywhere with my off road club unless it has recovery hooks.
Ya, but the tow hooks will do you no good when the PEV goes dead, the electric motors lock down, and there's no chargers out on the trail...You'll probably need a big helicopter to pick you up, and carry it back to civilization...LOL!!!馃榿馃槈馃槑
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ah so that's what those things are. I've seen them around. can't miss them actually
this is nothing to sneeze at if they ever work the bugs out & make it affordable for normal humans
"Drive through 3+ feet of water. Rock crawl a 100% grade. Traverse just about any terrain with 14.9 inches of ground clearance. Tow up to 7,700 lbs"
And more than a 200 mile range. I don't care what the advertised range says, just ask any Tesla owner what the REAL range is when listening to the radio, and running the heating and air, etc...I'm nowhere near convinced...馃槈馃槑
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I'd get the silver one, have them fix the driver seat lever & swap on the wheels/tires from the black one
He'd probably like this silver one better, and no repairs needed...LOL!!!馃槈馃槑
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right now I'm eyeballing the Juiced Cross Current X e-Bike for my 44 mile roundtrip commute
Buy a Harley, it's way faster, and probably much safer...LOL!!!馃槈馃槑
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