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My 2004 Hummer H2 has had issues over the last year and I'm in the market for a new car.  As a retired civil engineer, I originally purchased the H2 to get me through construction sites and it was perfect in that regard.  I now volunteer every week for a non-profit food recovery organization (Nourish Now) and Gaithersburg HELP and I was recently selected as their NN volunteer of the year.  I would not normally get another SUV but feel that my volunteer work providing food for those who don't have enough to eat is important.

I'm looking for another SUV capable of transporting food that might otherwise have been disposed of.  My budget is 100K after all taxes and fees.  I expect to keep this car for 10 years and use it primarily for transporting the meals.  I'm considering BWM, Jaguar, Porsche, Mercedes, Range Rover, etc.  Any of your  past experiences would be helpful for me to determine what might work best in my situation.  Thanks.

 

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I like my Audi Q7 (2017 model year), but I need seating for 7.  If smaller works for you, I'd get a Porsche or Jag (for looks and performance).  I lease for 3 years, so reliability isn't an issue for me. 

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I've driven SUVs for the last 10+ years, but much lower on price point.  While I still miss my Ford Explorer that was totaled in an accident in 2006, it was replace by a Chevy Tahoe, which  I've never grown to love, but has not had a single problem (we do regularly scheduled maintenance).  Now I better knock on wood, because if I talk about it, it will die.

 

 

 

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pjnewman you might want to consider a Ford Transit (https://www.ford.com/commercial-trucks/transit-cargo-van/2017/) or a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (https://www.mbvans.com/sprinter/shopping-tools/build-and-equip#/model/model/sprinter/year/2017).  You can have them customized with shelving / refrigeration / lift gate / etc.. If you get one of the tall models, you can walk in & walk out with the food you are collecting / distributing (much easier than packing & unpacking a SUV).

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It appears you like performance in your cars, as well.  I can't speak to reliability, but my husband just had both Porsche SUVs while having his car serviced twice recently.  He didn't like the new small Porsche SUV and said my Infiniti QX50 was faster and just as nice on features for the huge price difference.  He didn't personally like the bigger Porsche as there was a good amount of engine lag, but it had a lot of room to haul stuff and I really liked it and it was great for the one weekend trip we had it for, but we park in tiny places, so we would never own such a car.  We test drove a Range Rover Evoque, I didn't love the visibility out the back window, but it was fast and the interior was very nice, but I assume you are looking for a bigger model, but maybe not, if I had to choose between it and the Jag, I might go for it.  The BMW X1 actually has a pretty large trunk space area for a smaller SUV, it is very soccer mom though IMHO, and I believe the seats fold all the way flat too, but perpetually turning off the eco mode annoys me (same reason I didn't buy a newer Mercedes).  My Mom has the GLK350 and LOVES it, it was my runner up, but they don't make that model anymore.  My best friend has the bigger mercedes SUV and has had it for years and loves it too.  I wouldn't buy the Jag- it is way overpriced from even the porsche for what you get, but that is my opinion.  Anyway, I did a lot of research, but for small SUVs for me and my Mom.  I hated my Audi A5, and didn't even look at the Q3, but my inlaws have the Q7 and it has been very dependable for them.  My infiniti is great, but it doesn't have as much trunk space as a Mercedes or the BMW.  I haven't tested any of the bigger models.  I have another friend who has a decked out Ford Explorer, if I had wanted a bigger SUV, I would have looked at it, the features are very comparable to the German competitors.  Anyway, my thoughts.  

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"Drag Race: Tesla vs. Lamborghini" by Ben Geman on axios.com

Of note: I read somewhere that, even though Teslas can get to 0-60 faster than any car in the world, the MacLaren F1 can get from 0-120 faster than the fastest Tesla can get from 60-120 - I guess this is torque vs. horsepower, or at least when the maximum torque is available: If you look at *all* of Usain Bolt's top races, he's one of the last people out of the blocks, but his top speed is just so overwhelming that he starts blowing by people about 30-40 yards out.

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On 8/21/2017 at 0:34 PM, Ericandblueboy said:

Tesla Model X could be had for less than $100,000. 

Nothing says I am serious about my commitment to food delivery like passenger gull-wing doors.  Think how handy those would be, especially if they have the button close like most trunks do (I can't tell if I am kidding or not).

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On 8/20/2017 at 10:23 AM, pjnewman said:

My 2004 Hummer H2 has had issues over the last year and I'm in the market for a new car.  As a retired civil engineer, I originally purchased the H2 to get me through construction sites and it was perfect in that regard.  I now volunteer every week for a non-profit food recovery organization (Nourish Now) and Gaithersburg HELP and I was recently selected as their NN volunteer of the year.  I would not normally get another SUV but feel that my volunteer work providing food for those who don't have enough to eat is important.

I'm looking for another SUV capable of transporting food that might otherwise have been disposed of.  My budget is 100K after all taxes and fees.  I expect to keep this car for 10 years and use it primarily for transporting the meals.  I'm considering BWM, Jaguar, Porsche, Mercedes, Range Rover, etc.  Any of your  past experiences would be helpful for me to determine what might work best in my situation.  Thanks.

And? And??

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On 9/22/2017 at 3:52 AM, DonRocks said:

And? And??

The car of choice turned out to be a Range Rover Velar HSE.  It is a brand new model that was first available at the end of August.  Size wise it is smaller than the Range Rover HSE but bigger than the Evoque.  I've owned it for two weeks but had only one week to drive it before we went out of town on vacation (spent this past week in Provence, leaving tomorrow for a second week in Bordeaux).  The good thing is that all of the technology is state of the art (self driving on highways but not around town), the bad things are it is smaller than the Hummer (which is actually a good thing except on volunteering days), I got no dealer discount off of list price as this is a new model, and so far it has been complicated to get the settings to my preference.  The dealer included time with a Range Rover IT specialist versed in the car's functions which I plan to take advantage of when I return.

A truck wasn't considered as this vehicle will be my daily driver.  Priorities were performance, comfort and style (i.e. not a soccer mom car) and so far I have been impressed with all three.  Thanks for everyone's input. Once I fully figure out the vehicle's intricacies I would be happy to show it to anyone who might be interested in a similar car in the future.

Paul

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