As my German-engineered, British-built motorcar spends another day in workshop purgatory, I am fantasizing about what it might be like to own a "set it and forget it" style of car for my daily commute. My wife has a one-year old Subaru which I love, but it's hers, and she needs the versatility for the schlepping side of her work. I'm not really keen on a second car payment, however it may be necessary as we're trying to reserve cash for a house.
TFL stuff out of the way, what's the collective opinion on a Lexus GX? Can someone clarify the difference between the GX460 and GX470 (besides "ten")? The later they get the uglier they get, so something older than a 2014 is probably what'd I'd be looking at. That said, prices are kind of eye-watering, even for trucks with 100K plus miles. So I ask, thee, oh Loungers - ya think its worth it?
The appeal is that aside from timing belt/water pump on the V8, it's pretty bullet proof. I don't know how well the interior trim holds up, but it seems to be okay, even if it lacks a little bit of dash stroker appeal. I like the fact that it's a big wagon body and I could chuck bicycles in the back without much thought. Honestly, if I had one, the 2nd row seats would be folded 99% of the time, because I'm usually bringing a bicycle with me to work. The off-road ability is less of a factor but nice for cred and perhaps we take it on a long road trip to OBX one day.
Downsides? Fuel. When things do go wrong you pay for the beefier parts. Tires. Questionable handling (not that I plan to autocross it). Cost of entry. But is that offset by relatively strong resale value and an enthusiast following?
Learn my oh wise ones.
Pic of someone's bazillion dollar fantasy rig for giggles: