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  1. Thanks Mark - I should have indicated my requirements more precisely although your assumptions are very close. I was looking to buy something 2-3 years old - let the worst of any depreciation take effect but still be low enough mileage to be reliable and incur minimal maintenance costs. My target is exactly the £10-20k bracket. £24 is a max ceiling and I expect to pay around £15k – anything less would be a bonus. I expect to do some long journeys to make the most of my time there but probably quite infrequently so overall I would say average mileage. We always seem to have a car full of gear if we go anywhere, and want to make the most of the great outdoors so we'll be off on camping trips, so a decent load capacity would be great although I can always supplement that with a roof box. There is obvious advantage to the car retaining its value as we will be leaving after 2-3 years as you deduce. Very many thanks for such a helpful reply.
  2. Hello! I would be very grateful for some advice. I am serving in the UK military and am posted to Canada this summer, to Toronto. I will need to buy a vehicle for my family and was after some considered opinions from people who clearly know their vehicles! To be honest I was just Googling but stumbled across this site which I have to say is excellent - very refreshing to read thoughtful, considered, balanced and articulate posts. To the point though...I will need to pick up a family vehicle in short order when I arrive, hence I'm researching now in advance. I have just recently sold my Discovery 2, which I liked but it doesn't have the most room in the world for 3 growing children (13, 11, 9, and growing like weeds!) in the middle row, so I am looking at the options. I will want to be able to travel decent distances in comfort and have enough room for gear to have weekends away...or run the children + friends around, i.e. the option of 5+ seats is useful. Safety is, naturally, a prime consideration. Looks are secondary but let's not discount them entirely! Traction control/4x4 might be useful in the winters. I'm torn between MPV/4x4, or maybe a 'Crossover' - which I must confess I hadn't heard of until I started researching. Any advice would, of course, be gratefully received - especially as I am not terribly familiar with the north American market or all of the models available. Cheers, JS
  3. Good advice Kimbers - I didn't even realise there was a Canada section to be honest - I found this thread after a Google search. I'll certainly ask for some informed opinion from Canadian members but I already note that CRVs are available - having had a swift look through the Canadian Autotrader it seems that most European models are still available, albeit with the steering wheel on the 'wrong' side!
  4. Hello everyone, what a great Forum! I have just joined as I'm searching for almost exactly the same class of vehicle - I am posted to Canada in the summer and will need to pick up a family vehicle in short order when I arrive, hence I'm researching now in advance. I have just recently sold my Discovery 2, which I liked but doesn't have the most room in the world for 3 growing children (13, 11, 9) in the middle row, so I am looking at the options. I will want to be able to travel decent distances in comfort and have enough room for gear to have weekends away...or run the children + friends around, i.e. the option of 5+ seats is useful. Safety is, naturally, a prime consideration. Looks are secondary but let's not discount it entirely! Traction control/4x4 might be useful in the winters. This thread has been invaluable - thank you to all for taking the time to reply, so nice to read thoughtful, considered, balanced and articulate posts. Any further advice would, of course, be gratefully received - especially if anyone has an inside angle on the north American market. Cheers, JS
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