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Old 12-28-2016, 10:07 AM   #26
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Another vote for the Tahoe, just make sure its got the bose sound system, the Z71 package and you don't need to do anything to it.

I used to tow my boat around with my ex's Tahoe with no problem.
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Old 12-28-2016, 11:19 AM   #27
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Buick Rendezvous?

IIRC they were available with a 3rd row and AWD

Should be cheap on the used market, and parts should be pretty cheap.
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Old 12-28-2016, 11:48 AM   #28
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Mitsubishi Delica

This is the correct answer.

Coming from a person with a 1996 Land Cruiser.
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Old 12-28-2016, 11:51 AM   #29
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Except that it's RHD, expensive for what it is and the local dealer can't look up parts for it. (if you have the P/N they can probably get the parts though, I order stuff all the time)
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Old 12-28-2016, 11:53 AM   #30
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Except that it's RHD, expensive for what it is and the local dealer can't look up parts for it. (if you have the P/N they can probably get the parts though, I order stuff all the time)
Being the OP is near Canada enough, he just needs to go import one from Vancouver. The Canadian dollar is weak. Plenty up there for around $5-6k Canadian which is around $4k USD.
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Old 12-28-2016, 11:55 AM   #31
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Being the OP is near Canada enough, he just needs to go import one from Vancouver. The Canadian dollar is weak. Plenty up there for around $5-6k Canadian which is around $4k USD.
Well, if he does that...
Talk to Marti at Amazing Auto Imports. He orders a ton of Delica stuff from me
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Old 12-28-2016, 12:16 PM   #32
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Would drive.

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Old 12-28-2016, 12:44 PM   #33
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How old are you willing to go? Toyota Previa AWD would be my answer for super cheap. Landcruiser is the best option though.
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Old 12-28-2016, 12:50 PM   #34
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Something reliable enough .......
Here's what I've been thinking so far:

2004 Land Rover Discovery II HSE7 or SE7 .
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Only buy a Land Rover from CarMax, and go ahead and score the longest extended warranty possible. Plan on driving their loaner vehicles longer than you drive the actual SUV you purchased.

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Old 12-28-2016, 12:55 PM   #35
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Would drive.

How does the sliding door clear that rear fender?
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Old 12-28-2016, 01:27 PM   #36
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Marauder body on Bronco frame done by a professional so it will be reliable.
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Old 12-28-2016, 01:30 PM   #37
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Old 12-28-2016, 01:37 PM   #38
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for a brief period they made a trailblazer ext that seats 7. i normally wouldnt recommend a gm unless a gun was to my head, but they are cheap to fix and wont leave you in crippling debt trying to keep it on the road like a land rover or volvo.
Are there still trailblazers on the road with working 4wd? My sister had one where the front axle broke the actuator housing and left the vehicle. Every one I saw in the junkyard had already been stripped for parts or had the same failure so I just made a block off plate to keep the oil in the diff and called it a day.

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Astro / Safari AWD van.

Assuming you don't mind being a cripple after an accident.

Can be converted to true 4wd via a tcase swap using junkyard parts. Cheap to lift, can fit 30's under them.
This, plus the seats can be flipped around. I had one in high school that I flipped the middle seat around to face the rear and used to have a buddy drive us around while me and my other buddies smoked weed in the back. They do pretty good off road just don't take it on the beach.
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Old 12-28-2016, 01:52 PM   #39
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They made the Mitsubishi outlanders with an optional 3rd row seating and 4wd. TBH the 3rd row is more meant for munchkins. But one can be had for relatively cheap.
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Old 12-28-2016, 04:03 PM   #40
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Tahoe.
Bleh.

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Honda Civic automatic sans dashboard and plus zip ties.
Zip ties in the dash AND zip ties around the tires for snow traction!

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I looked at an 08 Pathfinder 4x4 recently that was around $9K with 110k miles. It's truck based so it can tow 6K but it doesn't really feel like it driving it.
Interesting. I don't really want/need a truck (I've already got an F-250). But maybe... I just wrote off the Honda/Nissan/Toyota truck based SUVs because a) they're trucks, and b) they hold their value too well... I'd end up needing a 20 y/o one to stay in my toy budget.

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7 adults comfortably? You could chase down an older AWD Toyota Sienna... maybe a little lower on the towing ability (3500 lbs) though...
If I'm gonna minivan, I think I'm gonna Odyssey.

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Suburban.
Bleh.

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for a brief period they made a trailblazer ext that seats 7. i normally wouldnt recommend a gm unless a gun was to my head, but they are cheap to fix and wont leave you in crippling debt trying to keep it on the road like a land rover or volvo.
Bleh. This is supposed to be fun/interesting! I don't want another GM SUV on ill fitting wheels. Did the Saab version of the Blazer ever have 7 seats?

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I have a huge soft-spot for the Flex. A 7-seat echo-boost AWD Flex would be sweet. But I'd just want to lower it like I lowered my Outback... which is basically the whole reason I'm looking for a winter beater... so I can lift it. Plus, aren't the Flex's still expensive?

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i had a Toyota Sequoia for 2 winters and it was great.
Same comment as the Pathfinder... I hadn't really considered one.

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Astro / Safari AWD van.

Assuming you don't mind being a cripple after an accident.

Can be converted to true 4wd via a tcase swap using junkyard parts. Cheap to lift, can fit 30's under them.
Cool idea... but I'd never get my wife to let me park a lifted Astrovan in my driveway, let alone ride around in it with me.

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Ford Excursion.
Bleh.

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The first generation Tribeca is hideous. I'd put it up there with the Fiat Multipla. There is no way I could drive that around. I would rather drive a rusted out Marauder.

Co-worker had a first gen Honda Pilot, which is basically a MDX. Ironically the suspension in it doesn't hold up well to jumps.
I don't mind how bad the Tribeca looks. Every time I see one, I hear the NASIOC Update Tribeca voice in my head... "haaaay guys.... what-cha doin'?"... and I laugh a little inside.

I hadn't thought about the Pilot. I just figure, once they're a gen or two old, the Honda and Acura versions are about the same price, and the Acura's are just nicer.

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90s era Land Cruiser?
I don't really want to get that old of a vehicle, and the 2000+ LC's are still crazy expensive because they last for-friggen-ever.

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Tahoe / Denali.

I do love my Denali. The seats are so damn comfy, the Bose audio is pretty decent, plenty of power, etc. Only gripe is limited storage space with the 3rd row in. But you could always go Denali XL / suburban.
Bleh.

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There is absolutely nothing cheap about owning a Land Rover Discovery. Do you like replacing headgaskets at half the interval Hondas require timing belts? Broken oil pump gears, cracked blocks leaking coolant into the cylinders or pumping oil into the coolant. Driveshafts coming apart and destroying your transmission? Oil leaks that just don't stop? Clogged heater cores? ****ty door lock actuators? Stay away if you are trying to save money.
I KNOW! Alright?! Geesh!



....but I still want one.

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Civic EF wagon.
5 doors
4wd
Jdm tyte
I love those things... but it's gonna be hard to put two people in the way back seats.

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Mitsubishi Delica

There's one of these at my work that I see regularly. It's awesome. I'd even consider one, or one of its clones, if they could be had in LHD. Or perhaps even a Vanagon... though I'd be instantly looking for an EG33 to swap into it. But there's really no towing capacity on vans like those.

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Another vote for the Tahoe, just make sure its got the bose sound system, the Z71 package and you don't need to do anything to it.

I used to tow my boat around with my ex's Tahoe with no problem.
Bleh.

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Buick Rendezvous?

IIRC they were available with a 3rd row and AWD

Should be cheap on the used market, and parts should be pretty cheap.
I rented one of those ages ago when they had first come out... it was pretty bad. But I also rented a new Buick sedan 2 years ago, and it was sweet. I have no idea where the Rendezvous sits today... maybe something to look at.

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How old are you willing to go? Toyota Previa AWD would be my answer for super cheap. Landcruiser is the best option though.
A lifted Previa would be cool. I looked for them, but everything I found was gutless, super high mileage, and beat to ****. Also, AWD was impossible to find.

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*pause*





Only buy a Land Rover from CarMax, and go ahead and score the longest extended warranty possible. Plan on driving their loaner vehicles longer than you drive the actual SUV you purchased.

<---- formerly worked at LR HQ


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How does the sliding door clear that rear fender?
In photoshop, you just drag and drop the door open.

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They made the Mitsubishi outlanders with an optional 3rd row seating and 4wd. TBH the 3rd row is more meant for munchkins. But one can be had for relatively cheap.
There's a reason Mitsubishis are relatively cheap.
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Old 12-28-2016, 04:29 PM   #41
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I love my flex, no real issues in 4 years of ownership. Its just a poverty SEL AWD version, but nice enough for when my Mom visits and we need the extra seating. Does well in the snow as well.
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Old 12-28-2016, 04:52 PM   #42
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That Sienna was actually a real, running SEMA show car done up by Toyota. The answer to the door question is at 1:07 in this video:


(CN: It goes straight out sideways, because show cars don't need to park in parking lots.)
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Old 12-28-2016, 04:53 PM   #43
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sperry: Given that you're in Portlandia why not a Tribeca? Those were unloved and must be near that price range nowadays.
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Old 12-28-2016, 05:04 PM   #44
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A lifted Previa would be cool. I looked for them, but everything I found was gutless, super high mileage, and beat to ****. Also, AWD was impossible to find.

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You're looking at the wrong place.

http://bringatrailer.com/listing/1990-toyota-estima-2/
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Old 12-28-2016, 05:20 PM   #45
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Any sedan + a sawzall You'll easily fit 7+ people.
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Old 12-28-2016, 05:23 PM   #46
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Old 12-28-2016, 05:26 PM   #47
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That is awesome. Those will be much more practical once the 25 year rule allows for vehicles after the era in which dual sliding doors became the rule.

Edit: For the Previa/Estima looks like that'll be 2025: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota...2.80.932005.29

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Second generation (XR30, XR40; 2000–2005)[edit]

It was produced with sliding rear passenger doors on both sides

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Old 12-28-2016, 05:50 PM   #48
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I don't really want to get that old of a vehicle, and the 2000+ LC's are still crazy expensive because they last for-friggen-ever.
Not wanting one because they're old is fine. But the the 80 Series Land Cruisers are arguably one of the most dependable vehicles ever made. For the newer ones you're talking about they switched to an IFS front end with a weaker diff, a V8 with a timing belt vs the I6 w/ a timing chain, no more full float rear axle, and dropped to 5 lug wheels.

If anything is going to last forever it would be the 80 Series.
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Old 12-28-2016, 05:52 PM   #49
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An 80 series will last forever because it's impossible to build up enough speed to crash into something with enough force to damage it.
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Old 12-28-2016, 06:30 PM   #50
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Not wanting one because they're old is fine. But the the 80 Series Land Cruisers are arguably one of the most dependable vehicles ever made. For the newer ones you're talking about they switched to an IFS front end with a weaker diff, a V8 with a timing belt vs the I6 w/ a timing chain, no more full float rear axle, and dropped to 5 lug wheels.

If anything is going to last forever it would be the 80 Series.
No doubt an older LC is fantastic. But it's just not what I'm looking for. Those are real-deal off-road capable. I'm looking for something more car-like. If I was looking for a camping rig, then definitely the premium for a nice indestructible 80 Series without any real bells and whistles is fine. But I want a winter DD with creature comforts.

This is awesome:



But this is more in line with what I'm looking for...



I just want something with 7-seats and some towing capacity since I basically already have two cars like a Forester and I don't want to mess around with lifting either one.
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