Buy a Toyota 4Runner!
Upon driving it home for the first time, I noticed that the steering wheel makes a humming noise when turning. It is a very annoying kind up whimper, along with a "low on power steering fluid" noise/vibration.
Upon pressing the brakes for the first time, I heard a noise that was abnormal. It sounds loose, and makes a noise like metal upon metal. The pedal moves quite a distance before the brakes actually are applied.
Mind you, these happened on a brand new SUV. I am baffled as to why this SUV was actually released from the factory like this.
Upon opening the rear window glass for the first time, I noticed that it is uneven, and one piston reaches its climax before the other, resulting in the glass sitting at a crooked angle.
On top of this, the defogger coiled wires leading to the rear glass are too short, and almost come unplugged when the rear glass is fully opened. With only a slight bump when loading/unloading, they will be ripped off for sure.
The heat gauge is very erratic. When fully warmed up, it might read high, or low. I don't think it should be drastically changing like it does, while I am driving!
Well, I'm sure these are only the beginning of my adventures with this vehicle.
After reading other posts, I simply can't wait to find out that my brake lights don't work? Or maybe I'll get lucky and have to replace the transmission?
On a new SUV, it is abominable to think that my adventures will NOT be out in the great outdoors, but rather, the great indoors of the service waiting room!
Oh, compare crash test ratings before buying!!! The IIHS basically says this vehicle is dangerous.
Good points? I'm sure there are some, but they are currently overshadowed by problems.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 17th November, 2005