We are in search of a 4 wheel drive truck to be the “kids” car. We have two teenagers driving and a third on the way and need a third car.
We don’t want to more than say, $14,000 and would prefer to be under that.
We are thinking of either an old 2000/2001 Jeep Cherokee (not Grand) since the engines are bullet proof, they are easy and inexpensive to repair and with some searching should be able to find one in good condition with under 75,000 miles. My concern is the frame underneath since the car is so old and rust. You may already know, but Jeep stopped making the Cherokee in 2001, so that is the newest model we could get.
The other truck we are considering in a Toyota 4Runner. We could get a newer model year, but obviously it would be more expensive. Depending on the year, we would have the option for ABS breaks and some nicer features.
Safety is a strong consideration, too and it seems the 4Runner wins in that regard.
The car would be used around town, commuting 30 miles to the city if my oldest son gets an internship in summers, and possibly taking to college here and there.
Any opinions would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance!