I’m looking for some advice on a car buying decision, and I’m hoping you can help me. My husband and I currently have 2 cars- a 2005 Nissan Altima (35k miles) and a 2001 Volvo V70 wagon (120k miles). Both are front-wheel drive. We live in Missoula MT- lots of mountains and snow!
My friend is selling her 1994 Chevy Suburban 1500 4wd (140k miles). She has offered to sell it at Kelly BB value. I’m debating if I should buy the Suburban and sell the Volvo wagon??
Pros of buying Suburban:
*4wd - BUT I should mention that we have gotten along just fine in the volvo w/ snow tires and occasionally snow chains)
*LOTS of space - enough for 8 of our closest friends & dogs
*ability to tow stuff
*only one Volvo mechanic in town and I always think I’m getting ripped off- no other choice!
Cons of buying Suburban:
*Can you say: “GAS GUZZLER”
*older than the Volvo
*more miles than the volvo
*currently doesn’t have functioning cat converter, but we don’t have emissions inspections in MT
I’ll also note that the suburban has been meticulously maintained and the current owner has every single record, including records of every tank of gas ever put in it.
Ok, so that’s where I am. Please, Car Talk people, help me! Is it a good idea to buy the Suburban, or am I only getting myself into trouble???
Thanks so much in advance!