I will soon be embarking on a cross-country road trip departing from Georgia and driving to A) Texas to drop the kid and his stuff off at college, B) Denver to visit friends and drop the cats off, and C) to Northern California to do some camping and hiking. My return route is TBD but I’m not fond of cold weather, so likely will take me back through the Southwest. The initial trip will begin in August and last through October.
I could take my son’s 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo with apx 185k miles. It isn’t 4WD - but I don’t plan on driving off road or in the snow! It runs fine, but the exhaust sounds horrible…like it’s going to fall off. Very rumbly and loud. The A/C could use a service and I have to use my phone for a radio. Gets about 18mpg in town. New tires. Cargo space would be a huge plus - plenty of room for the two cat carriers, my camping gear, son’s school stuff and I can sleep in it if I have to!
OR, I could take my 2003 Mazda6 that has 125k. All systems work great. Also has new tires. Cargo and sleepability leave much to be desired. And it’s red…which seems to attract some attention on the highway! Gets 24mpg in town.
OR I could try to trade them both in on something with less mileage but unknown mechanical issues. I don’t have much cash to add to the deal.