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I have three vehicles in my eyes that really shine. After 2 Hondas are sitting in our driveway (a very good 2003 Odyssey and a somewhat-disappointing 2004 CR-V), I have chosen to buy an American brand car. I am looking at the following three very seriously:

 

1) Jeep Liberty

 

 

2) Ford Ranger

 

 

3) Ford Escape

 

 

4) Chevrolet Colorado

 

 

I am really favoring the Liberty, but any and all input would be helpful. I take mega-good care of cars and they all seem to be favorably priced in my range.

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Maybe this new model year has improved for Jeep, but I know 3 people that bought the Liberty the last couple of years....only one person still has it. The other two folks couldn't wait to turn it in for something else. They were just very disappointed with the product in general.

 

If you go for the pick-up, just remember to calculate in the cost of a top or cover for the bed. It just makes things easier if you live in a wet environment.

 

Personally, I love my trucks, but if the wife and I are heading out to get a bunch of stuff on a day that looks like rain, we take her RAV4 (unless of course it's something like a refrigerator :D )

 

 

Get the Liberty because I like Jeep

 

This from a man that doesn't drive :whistle

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They all suck. Spend your $20,000 on something more sensible.

 

The SUV/Pickup is needed to tow a boat.

 

And I like the nice V6 the Liberty offers....3.7 liters...yum

 

With a whopping 210 horsepower. It also drinks gas like a V8. You'd be better served to get the diesel version.

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Maybe this new model year has improved for Jeep, but I know 3 people that bought the Liberty the last couple of years....only one person still has it. The other two folks couldn't wait to turn it in for something else. They were just very disappointed with the product in general.

 

If you go for the pick-up, just remember to calculate in the cost of a top or cover for the bed. It just makes things easier if you live in a wet environment.

 

Personally, I love my trucks, but if the wife and I are heading out to get a bunch of stuff on a day that looks like rain, we take her RAV4 (unless of course it's something like a refrigerator :D )

 

 

The Jeeps sell here like hot cakes, plus I am familiar with the Chrysler issues of bad electrical systems. I will definitely get a service plan.

 

A pickup with a cover or top really peeves me....the Liberty is looking better.

 

The Escape is nice, but it lacks the character and power the Jeep has.

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They all suck. Spend your $20,000 on something more sensible.

 

With a whopping 210 horsepower. It also drinks gas like a V8. You'd be better served to get the diesel version.

 

 

CRD costs more money, makes more noise, is harder to fuel, and harder to maintain. I need this Jeep mainly for travel in higher altitudes than South Florida, but it must also play nice in the SoFla gravel roads.

 

My Buick has 3.8 :hat

 

 

If you need something to tow a boat, I would get a Chevy Colorado or GMC Canyon. Man, those things are SWEET.

 

I have a friend with a Colorado and the 5 cylinder engine is scary....is it a 6 or a 4?

 

BTW, one of my teachers has a Liberty with about 75k on it in less than 2 years and the only worry is the Tranny may go haywire...but that is what happens when you do 80 MPH in the mountains along I-75 in Georgia, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

 

Plus, the torque on the Jeep is great. The low speed torque is amazing! Makes a confident growl as you go through mud or sand.

 

According to Kelley Blue Book:

 

"The Liberty Renegade V6 holds its value better than the Land Rover Freelander and Nissan Xterra."

 

http://www.kbb.com/kb/ki.dll/kw.kc.ncbbr?k...S2;051203;notes

 

I like the Jeep and I tried it with the rental to pull a trapped Escalade from a mud trap and it worked very well.

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Ya Cape, they make a fair point. The parking at this school is adominable, and a LOT of freshman don't have cars. I know you've been to the campus I'm sure, but it really isn't 'that' big, and anything that's anything is right off campus (bars, clubs, food, etc). Everything is within walking distance or the campus bus. Honestly, walking from one extreme of the campus (NW) to the other extreme (SE) for my English class only took me about 15 minutes.

 

Anyway, just giving you a friendly heads up. And if you do bring your car up, you'll notice immediately that you won't want to move it (especially if you live in a dorm on the east side of campus, where parking is INSANE)

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ya wtf is up with cape needing one of these huge vehicles really?

 

 

is mommy and daddy buying it?

 

 

Does it matter?

 

not really, i'm just being das.

 

 

 

for what its worth, i just traded in a 2002 ranger. the gas mileage is 'ok'

 

the ride is 'ok'

 

its fairly reliable, other than the power mirrors and windows.

 

basically its just an 'ok' truck. though i'm not sure wehre it is now in terms of awesomness.

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