I currently drive a 2009 Hyundai Elantra with 65K miles. I’m now back in New England and have had trouble getting up my driveway this winter (ok, I’ve been stuck and have had to have co-workers pick me up all winter). I NEED 4WD. My car is also having trouble starting and I don’t want to go figure out what the problem is or pay for it, I just want to get a new car.
I’ve had my heart set on a Jeep Liberty. I love the look, I love the feel, I love how safe I feel in it. I’ve found a few for around $15,000, but not totally convinced on purchasing immediately, as I have a father and a brother-in-law with differing opinions…and the gas mileage leaves a pit in my stomach.
I just found a 2006 Jeep Liberty in great condition for just $9500 with a clean carfax, one owner, but it has 11,000 miles more than my Hyundai and it’s 3 years older. My brother-in-law says this is a bad investment… But he also makes a decent living. I am just getting started in my career and know I will be making more in 3-4 years, so my thinking is that I buy this for basically a free trade-in and when I’m making more money in a few years, I can trade it in and get a better car…
What do you all think? Good idea? Bad idea? Do you suggest a different SUV for me? Any and all tips would be greatly appreciated!