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Old 12-02-2015, 12:09 PM   #151
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Me too. GM- loser. Jeep - loser. (personal experience) Drove a Toyota 120K in the desert in middle east no problems at all. have 220K on my FJ Cruiser, will drive until it dies, maybe 400K. Towed the 17B like it wasn't there, I'm expecting it will handle the 19 pretty well.
Well Trash My Ride Don't need a P/U, and the Sequoia is overkill for a 21, IMO. Test drove one having had a Gen 1 and didn't care for it. My buddy tows a 26' Evolution with his.

I agree with Catchlight that a lease return is probably a safe bet when looking at used as there are pretty good penalties for high miles and abuse. Previous daily rentals are a different story. We were fortunate to find a two year old Yukon with good options & 19K miles that was a trade in from a local original owner who bought it from same dealership. We have 46K on it now 16 months later with no problems. For us it is the perfect tow vehicle- lot of room in the back, very quiet/comfortable- heated seats/ steering wheel...."it eats UP the road". GM has built some crap in the past- no doubt, and the Japanese forced US automakers to build better cars- which they are doing.


Now would probably be a good time to buy VW stock given people's short memory over the gas pedal sticking issue seems to have been completely forgotten. My '13 Highlander I traded for the Yukon didn't have floor mats so I didn't have to worry It does have electric steering though and was constantly worried about getting hacked into a semi


Have a friend with a 5 year old Toyota Sienna who just shelled out $1,000 for a new rack & pinion. My son's 2004 Highlander's steering felt a little "clickish" too at low speed. Our '01 Avalon still rides great- see no reason to trade it anytime soon.

Bottom line- you can go to a website like this one: CarComplaints.com | Car Problems, Car Complaints, & Repair/Recall Information and look up trash on any make & model. Interestingly the '13 Yukon had zero complaints.
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Old 12-02-2015, 12:34 PM   #152
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Professional mechanic friend with his own business once told me in his decades of working on vehicles (he most likes to work on Hondas and Toyotas, but works on anything except VWs) he said he has never seen a single engine failure in a Toyota that was not owner caused - (i.e. never doing ANY maintenance). He buys old Camrys for his wife and kids and drives a Tundra.
My son in law's well maintained Toyota had the engine sieze up at 45,000 miles.
What does that prove ? , absolutely nothing !. All vehicle brands suffer failures.
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Old 12-02-2015, 01:00 PM   #153
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I will never buy or own any vehicle whose name starts with T and ends with A but to each their own.
Actually forgot I also had to buy a couple sets of tires too on the Toyota .I would love a new Ford ,Chevy even like the looks of Ram . I just keep watching reports on the vehicles . I want reliability. If I am going to spend that kind of money , I shouldn't have to make repairs for a long time , just maintence. .Last trip going up North was amazed on how many still good looking Fords on the road in my range 1989-1996 . Must have been good years . So for now still keeping mine . Pat
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Old 12-02-2015, 01:06 PM   #154
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.... All vehicle brands suffer failures.
Yep, its all just playing the odds... then you either beat them or they beat you.
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Old 12-02-2015, 01:39 PM   #155
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Yep, its all just playing the odds... then you either beat them or they beat you.
My only lemon was a 1969 MG MGC, it had electrical demons. Scott

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Old 12-02-2015, 02:10 PM   #156
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My only lemon was a 1969 MG MGC, it had electrical demons. Scott

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Lucas Electronics Jokes

A few examples: The Lucas motto: "Get home before dark."

Lucas--inventor of the first intermittent wiper.

Lucas--inventor of the self-dimming headlamp.
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Old 12-02-2015, 02:11 PM   #157
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The other name for 'demons" is "Lucas Electrical System".

My first car was an Austin. I rewired/replaced virtually all things electrical before I finally got rid of it, and bought an old VW, with a nice, functional Bosch electrical system.
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The other name for 'demons" is "Lucas Electrical System".

My first car was an Austin. I rewired/replaced virtually all things electrical before I finally got rid of it, and bought an old VW, with a nice, functional Bosch electrical system.
Would just go back into the bar for another beer and a game of darts and the car would usually start. Scott

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Old 12-02-2015, 03:17 PM   #160
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Lucas--inventor of the self-dimming headlamp.
True, once when I turned a corner they did dim, when the headlight switch shorted out and before the glowing wires started smoldering. Lucky I called the fire dept. because then insurance called it a fire and paid to rewire the whole car.

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