It’s tempting to make a good deal on a used SUV. The prices of the new ones are higher than ever. But sometimes used SUVs are a bargain because they really aren’t. What? We mean they may be cheap to buy, but they become a bottomless pit of money to maintain. The best thing to do is search related forums as well as National Highway Traffic Safety Administration complaints.
2004 porsche cayenne
Let’s be honest, the Porsche Cayenne is highly desirable because of the aura that surrounds the brand. And these SUVs maintain a reputation for great performance, handling and style. But one year, 2004, is a year to stay away.
We’re talking about catastrophic engine failure, drive train failure, and cooling system problems as well. Premature tire wear and faulty fuel pumps are common complaints. Also, this year the Cayenne tends to hit the brakes sooner than it should. Try skipping this year for an alternative that might cost more, but not in the long run.
Dodge Journey from 2009 to 2012
The internet hasn’t been too kind to the Dodge Journey. The forums relate complaints early on, but are mostly concerned with lackluster performance and a certain blandness and cheapness about it. But costly problems also haunt the Journey.
The most expensive are the motors that tend to overheat. This is because the coolant traps debris in the cylinder head. The blockage affects the flow, causing overheating, which in turn can lead to worse problems. Faulty power steering pumps have been known to cause steering wheels to vibrate. It’s best to cross off the Journey for your used SUV needs.
2020 Acura MDX
Because it’s newer than the rest of the used cars in this post, expect it to have technology on its side. But reliability largely eludes the 2020 MDX. Transmission issues early in the MDX’s life are a major issue. These include leaks, sensor failure, harsh shifting between gears, and transmission slippage.
Surprisingly, many owners complain about poor bodywork and door gaps. Paint has been known to become cloudy, chalky, crack and peel. Another surprise is the early evidence of rust problems. Your best bet is to search either side of the 2020 MDX SUV or find some other SUV.
2012 to 2013 Audi Q5
According to hot cars, stay away from Audi SUVs 10 years old and older that are being sold at low prices. Poor quality ratings are attributed to major engine problems. Your cooling system may also have problems that can lead to other problems. While these known issues were expected to have been mostly fixed for the 2013 models, unfortunately they were not.
The 2013 Q5 had suspension issues and body panels that became greasy or popped under certain conditions. Also, the HVAC systems had issues, along with some of the truck’s electronics. Avoid these two Q5 years unless you have the time and money to handle them.
2015 to 2017 Buick Encore
There is quality and affordability to be found in this era of Buick Encore. While it offers a much improved feel inside, these years of Encores experience a host of engine issues that will land you in many trips to the dealership. And things like the brake pedal seem to be hanging by a thread.
Faulty master cylinders are another problem that affects the brakes. Added to that, the brakes wear out prematurely. Leaky air conditioning lines require replacement, and electrical problems affect various electronic components and controls.
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