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Starting a new job and going from a fleet car to a car allowance. The allowance is $750/month “grossed up” and I can turn in receipts for gas/maintenance (not sure how this works for personal/work miles). 

Test drove the following yesterday:

Toyota 4Runner - love the looks and size. Will not use the off-road capability to its fullest and gas mileage horrific. 

Subaru Outback - does everything I need and is the most practical (best gas and cheapest).  Top trim surprisingly nice.  

Audi Q7 - good size and nicest drive, cabin very refined. Most expensive and likely least reliable.

Lexus GX - biggest footprint and worst gas mileage. Handled surprisingly well though and good reliability. 

Thoughts on these or others similar?  

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Just now, NutterButter said:

Why does reliability matter?  Isn't it brand new and thus under bumper to bumper even if by chance something does go wrong.  

Since technically I’m buying it I would like it be a long term purchase with low repairs. 

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does your climate matter (snow, rain, ice)?

Space requirements (for size of family)?

How much driving will you be doing for work?

 

are you related to funky cold?

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4 minutes ago, Drunken knight said:

does your climate matter (snow, rain, ice)?

Space requirements (for size of family)?

How much driving will you be doing for work?

 

are you related to funky cold?

Live in Oklahoma (some snow and ice but not much).
Youngest kid will drive in October.

Most of driving will be to the airport. Some down to Dallas/Arkansas. 

Not related 😞

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6 minutes ago, pmedina said:

Live in Oklahoma (some snow and ice but not much).
Youngest kid will drive in October.

Most of driving will be to the airport. Some down to Dallas/Arkansas. 

Not related 😞

Are you using this vehicle to see customers at all?  Any reason you can't buy a 2005 F150 and pocket the allowance?

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12 minutes ago, pmedina said:

Live in Oklahoma (some snow and ice but not much).

Will you need winter tires or chains, or do all season do the job for you?


Youngest kid will drive in October.

Will minimedina be using the car?  Are you wanting/needing a certain amount of trunk space?

Most of driving will be to the airport. Some down to Dallas/Arkansas. 

How important is comfort to you?

Not related 😞

I hear It's better than any alcohol or aphrodisiac
A couple of sips of this love potion and she'll be on your lap

 

 

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32 minutes ago, Ron Swanson said:

Are you using this vehicle to see customers at all?  Any reason you can't buy a 2005 F150 and pocket the allowance?

Minimal to no customers in car. I can pocket any difference. That certainly is an option. 

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33 minutes ago, Drunken knight said:

 

 

No need for snow tires and youngest will get their own car. 

I’m a FBG, I love comfort.  In all seriousness, I want something I can use for my road bike and take hiking also. 

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4 minutes ago, pmedina said:

No need for snow tires and youngest will get their own car. 

I’m a FBG, I love comfort.  In all seriousness, I want something I can use for my road bike and take hiking also. 

I’d go Audi or Lexus, but that’s me

edit: actually, I am a BMW guy. I have an m3, wife has an x3.  

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13 minutes ago, pmedina said:

Funniest place was the Land Rover dealer. Asked about leasing a new Defender. It was $7000 down and 1250/month 😂, declined the test drive. 

It's amazing how overpriced those are especially when you factor in miserable reliability and mediocre road test scores.

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16 minutes ago, Drunken knight said:

I’d go Audi or Lexus, but that’s me

edit: actually, I am a BMW guy. I have an m3, wife has an x3.  

Same. Should take a look at leasing an X5 with that budget.

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16 minutes ago, gianmarco said:

Same. Should take a look at leasing an X5 with that budget.

And for anyone not in a rush to get the car, I am a big advocate of Euro-deliveries. I have done two of these. Saved about 10% on the cars.  Pick it up in Munich at the factory and have many drop off options. It took about 6 weeks to make back to the US.

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16 minutes ago, Mr.Pack said:

LOOK AT ME!

Been awhile for one of these look at me posts.

Would really like opinions of people have owned these long term 🤷🏻‍♂️, I’m going from Ford Edge so hardly rolling 😞
 

FYI- I voted Outback bc I’m cheap. 

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I will only buy Lexus at this point forward if I can help it.  I've owned three high mileage used (two bought from my dad, one from a dealer) and have had exactly zero problems.  I can't imagine how nice it would be for someone to pay me to buy a new one.  I'd take that in a second.

Will last forever after it is done being paid for.

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On 1/10/2021 at 5:10 PM, BroncoFreak_2K3 said:

Don’t go with an Outback if you live in a cold climate. They are horrible in the cold.

what does that mean?

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On 1/10/2021 at 2:49 PM, pmedina said:

Would really like opinions of people have owned these long term 🤷🏻‍♂️, I’m going from Ford Edge so hardly rolling 😞
 

FYI- I voted Outback bc I’m cheap. 

As a fellow Oklahoman...  if you're looking at a 4-runner have you considered a similar Tacoma?  Could get a 4-door Tacoma in that price range.  I mean trucks are required in our state.

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On 1/10/2021 at 2:49 PM, pmedina said:

Would really like opinions of people have owned these long term 🤷🏻‍♂️, I’m going from Ford Edge so hardly rolling 😞
 

FYI- I voted Outback bc I’m cheap. 

If you're cheap, why would you consider Audi?  That's not a cheap car to own.  Better leasing option.   If you're looking to save money, you can't do much better than the Mazda CX-5.  Reliable and the design blows Subaru out of the water.  Retails for $25-30k.

https://www.caranddriver.com/mazda/cx-5

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1 hour ago, Poke_4_Life said:

As a fellow Oklahoman...  if you're looking at a 4-runner have you considered a similar Tacoma?  Could get a 4-door Tacoma in that price range.  I mean trucks are required in our state.

As a Tacoma owner, Tacoma FTW. Tough, great quality build and very reliable. I have a 1996 with 200k on it. Still going strong.

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1 hour ago, Major said:

If you're cheap, why would you consider Audi?  That's not a cheap car to own.  Better leasing option.   If you're looking to save money, you can't do much better than the Mazda CX-5.  Reliable and the design blows Subaru out of the water.  Retails for $25-30k.

https://www.caranddriver.com/mazda/cx-5

Yeah if you want to pocket 300ish bucks a month, I nominate Kia.  I absolutely love my 2020 Sorento.  I honestly feel like it has the same comfort and bells/whistles that a "luxury" brand would offer.  I seriously see no difference between it and my Mom's Lexus.

Retails around the same as the Mazda and has great reviews.  Just hit up Google.

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Just thought I’d update the thread. Went with a Outback Touring Trim (their highest trim), with a few added accessories. The thing has everything you can have in a car. Having a hitch installed for my road bike, so picking up Monday. 

Final walkout price 36k with 0% financing so I’ll make about $100/month and get a brand new car. 

Couple of notes:

1-The interior of this trim is fabulous. Looks like the Audi inside. 
2-Not sure how people afford new cars. A Subaru Outback for $571/month x 63 months is ridiculous. Can’t imagine what the Audi payment would’ve been. 
3-Lastly, buying a car sucks. First offer for the car was 39.2k. If you don’t come prepared it costs you thousands of dollars. 

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15 minutes ago, pmedina said:

Just thought I’d update the thread. Went with a Outback Touring Trim (their highest trim), with a few added accessories. The thing has everything you can have in a car. Having a hitch installed for my road bike, so picking up Monday. 

Final walkout price 36k with 0% financing so I’ll make about $100/month and get a brand new car. 

Couple of notes:

1-The interior of this trim is fabulous. Looks like the Audi inside. 
2-Not sure how people afford new cars. A Subaru Outback for $571/month x 63 months is ridiculous. Can’t imagine what the Audi payment would’ve been. 
3-Lastly, buying a car sucks. First offer for the car was 39.2k. If you don’t come prepared it costs you thousands of dollars. 

Love my 2015 Outback. My next car will be another Outback.

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On 1/10/2021 at 12:29 PM, pmedina said:

Minimal to no customers in car. I can pocket any difference. That certainly is an option. 

If you're spending most time flying around, pocket that allowance man! 

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