So I'm going to be transferring colleges soon and I wanted to buy myself a car. I have the money and wanted to pay for it in full. I wanted to buy a BMW X5 or a Mercedes ML350. On the other hand my mom thinks it's too much for a first car. She wants me to save money for tuition and get myself a Jeep Patriot, Jeep Cherokee, or Dodge Journey. She said to get a used since it's cheaper and then when I graduate then I could get a BMW or Mercedes when I get a job after that. Which one would be good for a first car and why?
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So is money no objective? maintenance on a german car is expensive... like breaks and tires on the BMW X5 is high. I've driven the X5, nice as usual but stiff as usual to me.
Mercedes is good as long as low mileage and maintained.
I don't know the other ones. Jeep Cherokee historically fell apart over time.
Why not a nice Ford Explorer... the new ones are awsome... not sure about the old ones. Or a Toyota 4runner or Honda Pilot... these can be maintained and run a long time.
Honestly, I would go drive cars before you buy. I test drove Acura MDX... I thought would be outstanding but I couldn't stand it, old one was noisy. I drove a Honda Odyssey and loves it... just didn't fit in my garage. So you really have to check out what fits you. Then look at ratings.. then find one that was well cared for.
I agree with mom... don't blow money on a new car, buy a good used one (Honda/Toyota tops), pay off debt, buy a nice bed, take a vacation or something. cars aren't worth it.