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What would be a good used vehicle to purchase if I want 4-wheel capability, the best gas mileage possible and a smooth ride. I live in the foothills, drive about 60 miles a day and have a bad back. I cannot have a rough riding vehicle. Comfort is so very important to me.

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Patricia Algier , Owner at Valley Dealer Exchange Inc Dear Pam, Most of the manufacturers now make 4X4 vehicles or AWD vehicles that are cross overs. Most are 4 or 6 cylinder therefore decent gas mileage. If you pick a cross over Suv they are on car chassis and have a smother ride Nissan Murano, Lexus RX330 Saturn Vue, Acura MDX etc. You can even try Honda CRV or Toyota Rav 4 and see if they are smooth enough for you. Both get great gas mileage.If you want a regular sedan Subaru Impreza, Audi A4 Quattro. Patti Algier Valleydealer Exchange

Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Pam, For a great ride, dependability, longevity and reasonable costs for repair and maintenance I would recommend the Honda CRV. The CRV is comfortable, it very smooth on the highway, great on hills and rough roads and for a SUV gets good gas mileage. If you have your heart set on a Subaru, I would suggest the Forester. It is up a little higher then the Legacy and Imprezza which will be easier on your back getting in and out of the vehicle. It will be very important for you to test drive multiple vehicles and see which one makes your back feel good driving and which one aggravate it. It is IMPERATIVE that you take the vehicle to a trained automotive technician for a Used Car Inspection BEFORE you purchase it. In the last week at our shop we have had three women bring in a vehicle they had already purchased. They all spent over $10,000 and had such major problems that we would have told them to "run" away from these cars if they had only had a Used Car Inspection. One women had a 4 week battle with the dealer to return it, one sold the vehicle at a loss and the other headed back to the dealer just yesterday to try and get her money back. Please don't go at it backwards. Know what your purchasing before you spend your money and get stuck with a nightmare. On the other side of the coin we did two Used Car Inspections on cars under $7,000. They both needed about $800.00 worth of work, and then would be safe, reliable vehicles for the new owners. Be a smart shopper and get a Used Car Inspection before you purchase any used car! All My Best, Amy Mattinat

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