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Best SUV Beater - 4 Runner or ML Benz?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 12:28 am
Post subject: Best SUV Beater - 4 Runner or ML Benz?

Title says it all.

I need a beach beater.
A car I can drive around the beach and not give a fuck if it gets dinged up.
A car I can hop curves with.
A car I can scrape against the curb.
A car I can hit shit with for fun (cones, construction signs, etc).

And...a car I can take to Glamis to meet up with my AZ friends from time to time for some sandrail action.

Hell, maybe even tow some shit. A quad. A jetski.

I realize the 3rd generation 4 runner is basically Jesus Christ in SUV form and will never die.

That said, I'm a snob and the idea of buying a $3,500 ML320 or ML430 appeals to my shallow inner workings. I'm thinking a $3,500 ML would make a great beater.

So, do I buy 99 4 runner limited with 190k miles for $3,500, change the oil, make sure the timing belt is fresh, and live my life?

Or

Do I buy a $3,500 ML430 with 140k miles and sleep well knowing that the car doesn't have the problematic air suspension that plagued most Benz cars during the late 90's and early 00's. I realize I'd also have to put up with a lot of minor idiot lights, but who cares as long as the transmission doesn't quit and the engine doesn't leak EXCESSIVE amounts of fluid.

What's a better beater?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 7:17 pm
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4Runner. No further replies required.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 10:52 am
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I'd have to agree with tripleC. You and everyone else knows of the reliability, durability and (relatively) cheap repair costs on a 4 runner.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 11:30 am
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e39 m5

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 1:37 pm
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bastarde38 wrote:
e39 m5

Yasssss! Dis one

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 1:42 pm
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Yeah. I had a 4 runner for awhile. Loved that thing.

I test drove an ML500. Was really disappointed. It wasn't nearly as fast as I thought it should be and I dare say the 200k 4 runner I sold rode nicer.

Plus if I got a ML, I'd probably eventually want to make it "pretty". So much for being able to beat on it. I wouldn't care so much if the 4 runner got dinged up.




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e39 m5

Would still love love love to own one someday. E39 = best car ever made period. E39 M5 + a blower from AJ = win.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 8:29 pm
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4runner all the way!

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2015 12:37 am
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bronco would be my choice for a who gives a shit suv, the late 60's ones have nice style, that or get a late model in oj white

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:04 pm
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Eta with stock suspension and truck tires.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 5:10 pm
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Toyota.

mitch5 wrote:
bronco would be my choice for a who gives a shit suv, the late 60's ones have nice style, that or get a late model in oj white

Paging Alex.

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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 2:16 pm
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What did you end up getting Eluk? When I sell the M3 I think I'm going to chase down an X5.

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