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post #61 of (permalink) Old 03-17-2019, 08:02 AM Thread Starter
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I'll comment on the height issue. I remember my first used SUV, a 1991 Mitsubishi Montero LS. It was underpowered but surprisingly comfortable with the suspension seat as well as capable of dealing with major league muddy roads in Maine in spring on way to Saddleback before road was paved. The ride height got us above the spray of trucks on snowy and rainy journeys all winter long. Mileage was better than any of the American offerings at the time and damn near as good as old Estate Wagons. For those of us that drive in the winter a lot, that extra height desire isn't about being taller, at least to me, it was about outward visibility in nasty weather.
So for my needs here is what I have owned
1991 Mitsu Montero LS
1994 Mitsu Montero SR (still a favorite)
2000 Isuzu Trooper Limited
2003 Isuzu Axiom (wish I kept it!)
2006 Subaru Tribeca Ltd (gave me Carpul tunnel due to lousy ergonomics)
2008 BMW X5 3.0Si
2011 BMW X35d (would still have if they had recalled driveshaft and urea tanks earlier)
2015 Range Rover Evoque Dynamic 2 door. (would still own except that 9 speed tranny sucks!)
2016 Range Rover Sport HSE (love 99% of vehicle except firm ride on frost heaved roads) 100% reliable!!
2015 Lincoln MKC Reserve (sleeper great little SUV but see below for reason its gone)
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Not only best SUV I have ever owned or driven but also a top 5 vehicle I have ever owned) #1-3 are Lotus BTW!

Wagons just don't get your vision line above a tractor trailers's tire spray enough. Primary reason I won't put Eibachs on Stelvio. Notice most of my earlier SUV's were boxy --> space efficiency without going super sized to Yukons etc

16 Maserati GranTurismo Sport Ext Campio /Grigio Chronos w/full MC Carbon Fiber interior trim, Stock for now
18 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Visconti Verde/Brown Leather Remus Catback,Eurocompulsion Phase 2 V2 intake, 390HP/443ft-lb Tq!
16 Range Rover Sport HSE, Montalcino Red w/Ivory Leather-[/COLOR]- 456HP/412ft-lb Tq
12 Maxda MX-5 Miata GT PRHT True Red/Black leather
11 Lotus Evora "S" Persian Blue, Grey/Black Suedetex/Leather
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