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Unread 11-22-2013, 12:29 PM   #1
evansmith
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Recommend a 4x4 vehicle for me

I find myself relocating to Southern Oregon for a new job. I currently have a 4x2 Jeep GC Laredo 2002. I have 176,000 mi on the vehicle and have never had any serious problems with it. It has been great.

I understand that there can be some significant snow in the area I am moving to and I don't want to be limited in where I can go. I love to hunt, fish, hike, and camp. I understand that there are lots of forest roads on public land and might want to give offroading a try, but nothing crazy.

Basically I am thinking I want a 4x4 SUV/GC or Truck. I was wondering if you pros here could recommend certain model years for me to look at or avoid. I don't want a wrangler because on road comfort and fuel economy are important to me.

Thanks in advance!

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Unread 11-22-2013, 02:39 PM   #2
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Well you're not going to get that great of gas mileage with a Cherokee.. I think it's kind of a comfort:economy ratio you're going to have to weigh out for yourself when deciding. Some of the older XJ Cherokee's got a 2.5L 4cyl, however most find it gutless and I couldn't see it getting too much more gas mileage pulling around all that weight of the Cherokee.
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Unread 11-22-2013, 03:10 PM   #3
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Just to clarify I'm looking to replace my current Jeep with one of the same year or newer. Or maybe another SUV or truck. But I want a 4 door and have had a good experience with Jeeps.
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Unread 11-22-2013, 03:39 PM   #4
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It's a rare option but you can find a jeep liberty with a diesel engine. Would last you forever and get great gas mileage. It'll have a little more room than a wrangler. However you'll have a little bit more maintenance (fuel filters every 2-3 oil changes).

Even maybe just a liberty in general might be what you're looking for.

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Unread 11-23-2013, 06:14 AM   #5
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Or, on the SUV side, a new Honda CR-V 4 WD if you want 4WD, four doors, comfort, fuel economy, low maintenance, reliability and resale value.
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