my wife's family has some vaction property in the mountains. we're going to start spending some time there every year so the kids can be around their old relatives before everyone dies off.
i have a 4wd vehicle, but the property's about six hours away and i may have to travel seperately for work. we're in the market for a second cheap and reliable awd vehicle. we're not looking to spend more than maybe $3k but i can go as high as $5k if it's worth it/necessary to find the right solution.
i've been looking at older kia sorrento's. they're cheap, but finding one with low enough mileage to trust it is proving to be an issue. obviously, i'm looking at models prior to the GDI engine debacle. mitsubishi outlanders from the same period have pretty good reliability ratings and are nearly as cheap and tend to have fewer miles. i assume a more affluent or older driver base.
of course, i'd like a subaru, but i'm not paying subie tax on a beater forester that should cost 15% less at every price point. when i started looking i thought i'd be able to find an older crv anaywhere, but apparently people hang onto them forever.