I have a 2004 VW diesel Golf that I bought in Seattle, and now live in Jackson, WY. While it was awesome for my commute (35-37 mpg) and tight parking places in Seattle, it’s a little iffy in the winter with 2wd and low clearance. Otherwise, it’s still awesome for getting around town and the occasional road trip home. It’s in ok shape, no major mechanical issues, just some cosmetic dents, the AC doesn’t work, and the power window function is spotty.
My question is, is it worth it to sell the Golf and buy a used 1999-2002 3rd gen Toyota 4Runner? I know the gas mileage isn’t comparable, but will it be worth the money and safety in the end to buy an older car? Folks say those cars are very reliable and the engines regularly get past 300,000 miles. Wondering if it would be an investment, just a side step, or a money pit.