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      12-11-2018, 01:55 PM   #1
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Fun daily driver SUV around $20-$25k used?

I am looking to get a SUV daily driver that is also fun to drive and mod for around 20k-25k.

I was thinking a 2011-2013 Cayenne V6 or a 2013-2014 Wrangler Rubicon. How are these cars?

I really want a 2011-2013 cayenne turbo or 2014 RR Sport V8 but after factoring in a aftermarket warranty the price isn't too appealing.

Any other suggestions from you guys
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      12-11-2018, 02:21 PM   #2
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cayenne's might be that to buy -- but they'll be more to maintain. jeeps are fine as long as the tranny hasn't been run into the ground.

there's pros/cons to each -- there are a lot of choices in that price range -- but it depends on what you consider 'fun' and the size you're looking for, including the options you're looking for.
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      12-11-2018, 03:10 PM   #3
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You aren't going to find a 2011-13 Cayenne Turbo in that range unless it has 100k+ miles and an undesirable build/color combo. If your budget for a car is $20-25k then owning a ~$120-150k car that is expensive to maintain and repair probably isn't the best idea. What's the plan when you get that first $10k repair bill?

I'd look at the Wrangler and if you can stretch the budget, check out the new JL ones...I got one in August and it's awesome.
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      12-11-2018, 03:31 PM   #4
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My buddy got a 2018 Touareg for 24k with like 1000 miles on it. Its pretty nice...same chassis as Cayenne.
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      12-11-2018, 03:46 PM   #5
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My buddy got a 2018 Touareg for 24k with like 1000 miles on it. Its pretty nice...same chassis as Cayenne.
he hasn't seen a repair bill yet...has he?
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      12-11-2018, 04:04 PM   #6
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Bought my daughter a CPO Acura RDX last year, it was almost 30k, but a very nice SUV.
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Hands down the original X1 with the big engine, if the car is big enough.
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Hands down the original X1 with the big engine, if the car is big enough.
Second this. Still miss ours. JB4 and it will surprise many cars.
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Wrangler?

When you mention Cayenne or V8 RR Sport I get the impression your idea of "fun" is performance. Wrangler is a different type of "fun." You can drive it with the doors off and enjoy the wind in your hair as you head to your monthly service appointment.
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he hasn't seen a repair bill yet...has he?
Hopefully a repair bill wouldnt much of anything considering it still has 35k miles of warranty left.
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Hands down the original X1 with the big engine, if the car is big enough.
Easily the most fun SUV I've ever driven...that 1st generation X1 was fantastic.

Every other BMW SUV I've driven has sucked...lol. The newest X1 was pitiful.
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Second this. Still miss ours. JB4 and it will surprise many cars.
I've decided to go 3rd car, sports car but SERIOUSLY considered a tuned 35i X1.
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      12-11-2018, 10:59 PM   #13
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what is fun? how does a wrangler fit with the rest?

Honestly, at that price point you are looking at maintenance nightmares.

Better to buy really cheap so u can keep up with maintence.
I would go with a ml55 amg you can get them under 5k.

or just get a used pilot/mdx.
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      12-12-2018, 01:56 AM   #14
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Check out the Q5 TDI, great deals on them since dieselgate, lots of torque, and now they have a 10yr 120k mile extended emissions warranty that covers a lot (turbo, engine block assembly, exhaust components, etc)
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I have a F25 X3 35i and although it is stock at the moment, it is fun to drive. The electric steering is a bit numb, but the 8-speed tranny makes up for it. It is a great little daily SUV and I average out 26 mpg. With MHD tune and a few bolt ons, it will be a beast
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I was actually looking at the 2011-2012 Porsche Cayenne, but the V6 is slow compared to N55 and the V8 is gas guzzler. The V6 is pretty reliable engine though.
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he hasn't seen a repair bill yet...has he?
He doesn't keep cars long at all and it has warranty. It's a nice suv and its fun to drive. I would have sprung for the diesel version there is a tune for that model but they are more $$.
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I'm currently looking at the GLK 350's.
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Explorer Sport twin turbo ecoboost are a pretty good value if you want power.
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      12-13-2018, 09:50 AM   #21
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Bought my daughter a CPO Acura RDX last year, it was almost 30k, but a very nice SUV.
2nd this... My wife got a 2016 and the six cylinder has good power. It's just a comfortable and dependable ride.
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Easy - N55 X3 (F25) with a tune and some suspension mods + light wheels. Done.
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