I have a specific amount of money to spend on a good used car. Here are the choices, I’m looking for those in the know to weigh in. I know actual comparison is apples to oranges, but which one would you pick for the money (both are similarly priced - in $3500 of each other) and why?
Choice 1: 2002 Jeep Liberty Renegade 4WD, 85000mi, 3.7L V6 with all newer conveniences plus an upgraded stereo system that accepts satellite/iblah/DVD/bluetooth, in amazingly pristine condition, 1 Owner, the carfax is clean and the lists that the owner took it to the dealer regularly for maintenance. My mechanic says other than a front end alignment, engine and body are superb. There is no warranty.
Choice 2: 2010 Nissan Altima 2.5s, FWD, 46000mi, from Hertz, 2.5 l4, with all the new new conveniences, also in excellent condition. Its a fleet vehicle, obviously, carfax is clean, and my mechanic says other than 2 missing bolts on the radiator mount and a french fry under the seat, that engine and body are great, too. It comes with 2000mi limited warranty from Hertz and the remainder of the powertrain (ends at 60K miles).
I am a consultant and have to travel and sometimes relocate for my job. The Jeep would be infinitely useful for the moving around and from job to job thing and is built to take the extra weight punishment. The Jeep is a comfortable ride with a good wheel base and a nice, high level view of traffic, but not too high to be inconvenient or tippy.
The Nissan gets better gas mileage and that also counts in regard to the moving, traveling job to job situation. The warranty part gives me a certain comfort level for driving it over the next year. It is a very comfortable and smooth ride, and is a 4 door, so getting stuff in and out of the back is easy.
Thoughts, concerns, remarks, snide comments?