I couldn’t agree more, I love my XJ, but its spiritual successor exists already and prints money. Like it or not, the LJ blazed the trail then the four door Wranglers followed. We have a modern Cherokee, it just says Wrangler Unlimited on it. Reasonably comfortable, highly capable, four real enough seats, expensive… Read more
Good luck finding a Transsyberia that the owner is willing to let go of. I looked before I bought my T3... there were two and both were over $30k. Didn’t take long to get de-listed either. They’re extremely rare with the options you listed, and are probably one of the few Cayennes that Porsche PeopleTM want. Read more
Even then, my neighbors block the sidewalk in the ‘burbs. I feel bad about having five cars at my house for another few days, but the two people across the street have a full driveway(3-4 cars spilling over the sidewalk) and two cars on the street. It’s insane, at least I use my garage to store cars, and not stuff. Read more
You’re pretty much on the money. The people buying these like the idea of a Range Rover or Grand Cherokee, but don’t need the actual capability, luxury, or performance. They still want to appear to have some sort of quasi-luxurious/exclusive “lifestyle” vehicle that looks “unique” enough compared to the Escape etc..… Read more
Yeah, I drove a 996 expecting to love it since I’m a huge Porsche fan, and I just didn’t. It was nice but didn’t yell, “Sell your 335i and buy me!” like the 944 and 987 did. Great budget sports cars, but they just feel “normal” compared to the older and newer cars. Really, even into the late 00s Porsche was using some… Read more
Assuming you have the cash to fix issues when they appear, which at $35k budget you should, the 955/957 or the VW Touareg 1 and 2 are pretty good, relatively left field choices. Low Range and good traction devices(a rear locker if you’re really lucky) mean they’re actually good off-road. Plus they’re comfy, and are… Read more
Q7 isn’t a bad choice if you get the VR6(or I assume the 3.0T, but I don’t have personal experience with it) and avoid the air suspension. I’m smitten with my Touareg, it is extremely comfy, quiet, competent and can handle mild dirt adventures. Overall, the Treg/Q7/Cayenne are a pretty stout platform if you take care… Read more
No one wants to spend a week or two in DFW. Austin/Hill Country, Crockett National Forest, Mustang Island/Port A(Corpus), NOLA/Kisatchie, or even Hot Springs Arkansas, definitely..... but DFW? Not unless you have family there, it’s basically Phoenix without the state land, and none of the pretty scenery nearby.