My mother in law is upgrading to a new car and has offered to give me her 2004 Yukon with 130k–I’m wondering if I should take it or not.
I drive a 2006 Matrix with 115k. It’s been a really reliable car apart from a rear transmission replacement 2 years ago (this is an AWD model). Only minor issues otherwise–a nuisance tire pressure light and some glitchy dash and dome lights.
The Yukon is obviously a more expensive car to drive in terms of gas consumption, probably more to insure. But it would give us space for car seats and kid stuff that the Matrix doesn’t. It’s in good shape–the only issue I’m a little worried about is that the automatic leveling system hasn’t worked for some years. I don’t know much about that and how big a potential safety issue that would be.
Basically–if we need a car to get us through (hopefully) three or four more years before we have to make a bigger investment, does it make sense to take the free Yukon so that we can more easily fit 2 kids in it? Or am I going to regret it? I really only drive to and from work–about 20-25 miles per day–so I won’t be making big demands of either car.