Best first car for someone who lives in snow
4wd handle broke.
"Wobble of death".
While I was driving down the highway, the car started slowing down, as I had let off the throttle completely, and it took some time to get it to respond. Usually happened at high speed, up hills/stressful on the engine.
Lots of rust.
Lock torque converter doesn't work, so no overdrive on the highway.
This was my first car that I got from my dad at 16. He got it after a car accident when I was in 5th grade with 80 thousand miles on it. The problems I've listed were only when I was driving it. Before, I think all we put in was a tranny and basic maintenance.
I love this car. It's fully loaded ie leather, wood, CD, electric everything. It is also the most comfortable car I've been in. On long trips, my bum and back would always hurt, but never in my Jeep (very plush seats).
I've customized it a bit with new vinyl, intake and exhaust, bigger fog lights.
I love the engine A: because it's bulletproof and B: because it's a manly engine that makes one hell of a racket. It does make conversation a bit difficult though.
Now the 4wd. I live in CT, and go to Colleen in Cleveland, with PA in between, and it snows a lot in all three of those places. The only time I've lost traction is when I intentionally fishtail just for fun (Mind you, I also have snow and offroad tires, and I'd never muck about with all-season wannabes).
The only thing I don't like about the car is the gas mileage, but let's face it, what good SUV has good economy? I've driving from CT to Cleveland at least 5x, and it hasn't put a foot wrong. It big and comfy, and I think it's the best first car for a kid living where the snow is.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th January, 2011