Five Used SUVs to Avoid

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, Automotive Editor - December 4, 2014

Buying a used SUV is one way to afford a great vehicle without breaking the bank. Before you purchase a used SUV or any used car make sure to research the reliability of the makes and models you are interested in. When making an investment in one of these more expensive vehicles, consider the SUV’s you should try to avoid.

Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer

At the top of the list is the Ford Explorer. Although it has been around a long time, owners have reported problems with handling and transmission repairs. Some used Ford Explorers have also had issues with the suspension, and basic squeaks and rattles when driving. When shopping for an SUV for the family, you probably want to avoid a used Ford Explorer.

Nissan Armada

Nissan Armada

Although these vehicles look formidable when driving down the road, passengers report a stiff ride and an unimpressive interior. Some of the mechanical issues used Armada owners face include brake and exhaust problems. The 2010 Nissan Armada also has reports of problems with the climate control, electrical system and power equipment.

GMC Acadia

GMC Acadia

When driving down the highway you may see several GMC Acadias on the road, but buyers need to be aware of the transmission issues that may make the used Acadia unreliable. Although the outer design has improved in recent years, the engine and electrical systems send the Acadia to the repair shop on a regular basis. If you have your heart set on buying a used GMC Acadia, make sure a mechanic checks it out before spending your hard-earned money.

BMW X5

BMW X5

Beginning production in 1999, the BMW X5 shared many of its components with the Land Rover. As the X5 SUV matured, the engine and electronics were improved. Unfortunately Consumer Reports stated that the BMW X5 became unstable and was lifting two wheels making this a poor choice when buying a used SUV. The X5 has also experienced problems with the engine, drive system and climate control.

Mercedes-Benz GL Class

BMW X5

While this three-row, seven-passenger SUV screams luxury, the reliability cannot be counted on. The used GL class ranks high in engine and transmission repairs and there have been problems with the fuel and electrical system. If you are planning to spend a significant amount on a used SUV, you may want to pass up the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class.



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, Automotive Editor

Rebecca Ballard is a freelance writer who specializes in the automotive industry. A unique interest in finding affordable and dependable automobiles keeps her busy researching the most up-to-date information in the automotive field.

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