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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-05-04, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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Softroaders (What to Buy?)

As per the title I am looking at buying a softroader (preferably new).

The shortlist is as follows:

1. Nissan Xtrail (like the looks and interior)

2. Honda CRV (looks adverage, interior ok)

3. Ford Escape (looks good, column shift auto / interior not)

I was wondering if anyone has driven/own any of these and if they have any advise as to what they like/dislike about them.

Or is there something else I should be looking at?

Am looking at spending around 33,990 not including dealer delivery.



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Re: Softroaders (What to Buy?)

Entrails are not bad. Feel larger than the CR-V. I liked the CR-V but prefered a forrester. Haven;t used an Escape / Zoom zoom but like the look of them

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Re: Softroaders (What to Buy?)

I just read a write-up of the four cylinder Escape and the journo was pretty happy with it. I have been in an Escape before (not one of the others) and I must say the interior didn't bother me, and the ride wasn't too bad at all.

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Re: Softroaders (What to Buy?)

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Entrails are not bad.

According to
en·trails - The internal organs, especially the intestines; viscera.

But yeah, several people at work have X-Trails and they seem to love them. Certainly much better looking that CR-Vs!

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Re: Softroaders (What to Buy?)

Don't buy one, buy a car, why do you want a softroader? to drive around the streets normally? They are only if you plan on using it for Recreation, but many cars can do what those cars can do anyway. Sorry but I just hate people who buy 4wd's to drive around the city
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i drove an XTrail was pissin down and the ground was mud.....very comfy. almost was looking like i was gonna get bogged but it pulled right through. nice seats too!

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Re: Softroaders (What to Buy?)

i thought the Escapes were being phased out? Could be wrong though.

Also, thought about a mazda Tribute? essentially an Escape but with a few more options, and no column auto either.

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Re: Softroaders (What to Buy?)

Did you guys not hear about the new Territory? Ford make them.

Other than that.
Get a Subaru Forrester.
They make a very good product!

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Re: Softroaders (What to Buy?)

Personally I'd be very wary of a Ford softroader after our experiences with the Explorer - nicknamed Exploder by mechanics everywhere for a very bloody good reason!

Also, 4WDs tend to be a bit hard on gearboxes, so make sure you do a bit of research. I suggest ringing various gearbox/diff/engine places to see if they get huge numbers through for repair.

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Re: Softroaders (What to Buy?)

Ive heard that the CRV is the best out of all the soft roaders. Read it in a magazine a while ago. Dunno whats good now though.
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