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Old 09-10-2023, 12:16 PM   #11
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We considered an Acadia when we were shopping for the LR4, but at the time, a loaded up Acadia was 90% of the cost of our loaded LR4 (at least MSRP), and I digo that long term the LR4 would age better. I was not wrong. I can’t imagine continuing to like and holding to a 2013 Acadia. But I’ve heard good things about them going back to that time.
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Old 09-10-2023, 01:53 PM   #12
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We considered an Acadia when we were shopping for the LR4, but at the time, a loaded up Acadia was 90% of the cost of our loaded LR4 (at least MSRP), and I digo that long term the LR4 would age better. I was not wrong. I can’t imagine continuing to like and holding to a 2013 Acadia. But I’ve heard good things about them going back to that time.
My inlaws have one, and had the first gen Lambda (a Saturn) before that. Both were pleasant, drive a lot smaller than the old FWD Explorer did; GM did a nice job making it feel more car-like than the Explorer.

But yeah, the materials aren't that great inside and it doesn't feel particularly "premium" to me, especially compared to something like a Land Rover.
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Old 09-11-2023, 01:56 AM   #13
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In contrast I remember back to my e46 days-- that car was a rattly creaky mess after only 4 years.
I guess it's the luck of the draw - I still have my 2003 E46 wagon (since new, 21 years, 140K+ miles). It is holding up quite well - the only wear items that bother me are the seat leather (worn), the driver's side seatbelt retractor (slow) and the trim on the SMG M steering wheel (their paint is soluble in alcohol!).

One thing I did soon after I got it was to take the door cards off the front doors (necessary to install the power folding mirrors). While I was in there I did a bunch of rattle-proofing which is still holding up.

And I've been some bizarre places with the car. Pictures of one of them at a commonly-used-for-ads location got me an email from an advertising type who said "Yes, but we use a helicopter to put the car there!".

This is from another of my adventures - Cerro Gordo:



Note my wagon is the only unmodified street vehicle there - the other ones are lifted Jeeps and pickup trucks.

Funny anecdote: I was driving back to my hotel after a day of mine exploring. I passed a Jeep with its hood up where Cerro Gordo Rd. meets Highway 136. Being the helpful sort and it being a middle-of-nowhere area, I pulled over to ask the driver if he needed assistance. He said no, he was just airing his tires back up after driving down from the top. I said "Really? I was just up there yesterday in this <points to BMW wagon>." I don't think he believed me...
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