Sorry, but before making snide comments about Americans, you might consider that your European cars aren't exactly known for their quality and reliability, either. I recently read an article in a popular car magazine comparing the 07 Escalade to a new Range Rover, they did all kinds of performance tests and compared the two, turns out the Escalade beat the Range Rover hands down in every category except stopping distance! And the kicker is that the Range Rover costs 30k More than the Escalade, I'll take American any day!
VW, AUDI, BMW and MB, all the great cars come from Germany.
With the exception of VW, the other German cars listed above are simply over-priced bling-mobiles. And I might add, VW's aren't all that cheap anymore.
The German cars aren't particularly reliable, per Consumer Reports. However, they offer the latest techno-features and luxury options for a hefty price. If that's your thing and you have a bunch of money, go for it.
While you're drooling over a BMW, Mercedes, or Audi, remember that they to depreciate rather quickly. You can pick up a two-three year old S-class of 7-series for nothing.
Back to the Jeep Liberty. They are good vehicles.
I'm looking at a 2003 Jeep Liberty Sport, that has 30,000 miles, 3.7 motor, automatic trans 4x4. Very clean auto. Smells like new. Dealer said it was a lease. It could use a set of tires. $13,000.00. Is this a fair price? What should I be looking for as problems. Clean deal.
Tell the dealer to put on a new set of tires. Run a CarFax or some history check. Make sure you get the balance of the 7/70 (If it was a rental you won't - only 3/36).
The problem with some American cars like the Jeep is that they are build cheaply for the home market, when they ship them to Europe they just add a 100% profit and sell them in a much higher market.
Example: Jeep Liberty, sold in the US for $20.000 but sold in Europe for $40.000- $50.000.
Audi or BMW have to struggle to keep the price of their high quality products down to that level and therefore the quality of German cars is much better.
Your choice is to pay a US car maker 100% profit for a low quality product aimed at high-school kids or invest your money in a high quality German car which is worth every penny.
I know this as I used to drive German cars until I by mistake got myself a Jeep.
Oh by the way, Range Rover is owned by Ford and that is why there are quality issues.
You can't compare an Escalade or Tahoe to a Range Rover. The Range Rover will have bits falling off it every week. It's a Fix Or Repair Daily lifestyle. Over engineered and unreliable.
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