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Old 10-09-2012, 07:46 AM   #76
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If you need a large SUV, the Dodge Sprinter is the only real choice.

There is one that I see around here occasionally. ****ing huge soccermommobile.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:02 AM   #77
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If you need a large SUV, the Dodge Sprinter is the only real choice.

There is one that I see around here occasionally. ****ing huge soccermommobile.
Sprinter, as in the Mercedes-built huge delivery van? Psst: That's not an SUV by any definition I know, just as the Nissan NV isn't.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:06 AM   #78
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:31 AM   #79
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Sprinter, as in the Mercedes-built huge delivery van? Psst: That's not an SUV by any definition I know, just as the Nissan NV isn't.
I just find it funny that people deem it necessary to have a vehicle that large for personal use.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:41 AM   #80
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Sprinters are available in people carrier guise. Its just a van, it probably weighs less, has better mpg's and more room as an 11 passenger vehicle than an Excursion.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:46 AM   #81
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The Ford 4.6 and 5.4 don't spit out plugs unless some GED drop-out tried to use an impact and cross-threaded them on installation. There are only a few threads for the plug so if you **** it up, you really screwed the pooch. Our Explorer with a 4.6 has 170k on it and runs like new. I'd buy a vehicle with that engine again in a heartbeat.

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Latest generation Pilot. Full bench middle row that can hold 3 car seats, 70/30 rear bench, plenty of comfort, few mechanical issues, tows pop ups, uhauls & boats up to 19' with no problems & gets 21-22 highway.

I have 3 kids + the hound, do weekend trips, pull my 18' center console all around the low country, have done the SC to MD trip 12+ times with the family... the car/truck is great.

We wanted a Tahoe or Yukon - but the crap shoot of what model year vs what problem vs the higher cost wasn't worth it.
I love this thread because it could have been written by me. I have an 04 Pathfinder that gets the job done...for now. We have a 9 month old and two dogs. The moment we have a second kid, or decide to take a long weekend at the beach with kid and dogs in tow, I know I'll be pushing hard for a full size SUV.

I've already started eyeing what I want. I do not need 4WD, but I tow a small trailer and ATV out to the hunting club, and the wife and I have talked about a boat in the future, or at least another ATV for her. I'm thinking Tahoe (09+), or 08+ Sequoia. If money were no object, I'd be looking at LX470s, and Land Cruisers - but the gas mileage on those is abysmal. The 09+ Tahoes have the cylinder deactivation at cruising speed, and get decent mileage - actually, BETTER mileage than my Pathfinder, which manages 15. Sometimes.

I love everything about the new Pilots except that I never ever ever see a man driving one. We live in the heart of soccer mom-ville, and Pilots seem to be the #1 choice of moms.

So, I'm subscribing to see what you come up with. And maybe, in a year or two, post what I bought
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:51 AM   #82
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GF has a 09 Denali and I love driving it. 2nd row buckets make access to 3rd row much easier. Also, I think i saw where you said you would put the baby seat in the 3rd row, everything I have read is that baby stays in middle row and close to mom. Also much easier for kids to access third row than adults.

Her rig has like 45K miles, no real issues. Couple little things (fan motor, rear defrost wiring). My sister in law has an 08 with around 120K and has not had any issues.

GF and I test drove a new Lexus ct200h yesterday. She drives a ton of miles and the 40mph would sure be nice compared to the 14 she gets in her Denali. Will probably sell my tundra and get the Lexus, and then I get the Denali.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:58 AM   #83
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^^your Denali only goes 14mph? I guess that's a step up from the ecoboost F-150s that go only 12mph

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Sprinters are available in people carrier guise. Its just a van, it probably weighs less, has better mpg's and more room as an 11 passenger vehicle than an Excursion.
In the old days, the "free candy" vans were the norm for mass people haulage. Sure, its a land yacht, but it gets the job done.
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:07 AM   #84
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I like the Nissan Quest as far as minivans go. LE trim is pretty swank.
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We own a 2012 SL. just didnt see the $5k upcharge for HIDS and Nav worth it. SL gets all the goodies including rear seat dvd, just no nav (but has backup camera and huge screen) no HID, and no button-powered fold downrear seat. We paid $32k for a $40500 stickered Quest...she wanted bose and moonroof(s), but a less equipped model can be had for under $29k. They are a steal compared to the competition, and they feel like an infiniti inside.
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:10 AM   #85
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The thing about Sprinters is they use the space very well. They aren't too wide either. They fit on British roads which are about as wide as a toothpick with the wood shaved off.
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:12 AM   #86
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We own a 2012 SL. just didnt see the $5k upcharge for HIDS and Nav worth it. SL gets all the goodies including rear seat dvd, just no nav (but has backup camera and huge screen) no HID, and no button-powered fold downrear seat. We paid $32k for a $40500 stickered Quest...she wanted bose and moonroof(s), but a less equipped model can be had for under $29k. They are a steal compared to the competition, and they feel like an infiniti inside.
Good luck with it. Our 04 has been a horrible bitch. We paid $28.6k for a no optioned SL. Doesn't even have a single DVD.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:32 AM   #87
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the 08 was the first gen nissan built unit, in 2011 they changed them, its a completely different vehicle, i agree the first gen had alot to be desired, but i think they learned alot from them too. remember, before that model - they had a rebranded mercury villager.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:57 PM   #88
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We own a 2012 SL. just didnt see the $5k upcharge for HIDS and Nav worth it. SL gets all the goodies including rear seat dvd, just no nav (but has backup camera and huge screen) no HID, and no button-powered fold downrear seat. We paid $32k for a $40500 stickered Quest...she wanted bose and moonroof(s), but a less equipped model can be had for under $29k. They are a steal compared to the competition, and they feel like an infiniti inside.
I paid $35k for a fully loaded 2011 odyssey touring elite with 20k miles on the odometer. Wouldn't want any other minivan. 6 speed transmission, HID's, Nav, BT audio, dual rear entertainment system, cooler that can fit a 6 pack and lots of other long trip goodies.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:41 PM   #89
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I found a 2003 excursion with the 5.4 for sale with less than 29k miles. They want almost $16k, but im thinking of offering $13k. It looks to be in very good cosmetic condition.

Aside from test driving it, im thinking i will probably need to change the belts and hoses and check everything for rust and leaks. What about the timing belt? Anything else i should be looking for?
Timing chain, and did you buy it yet?
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