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Opinions Needed: '04 2.7L 4WD vs. '05 3.5L FWD
First post here. It's great to see how many of you all love your Santa Fe's. After doing a good bit of research, it seems like just about the best value you can get for a SUV. So I've been shopping, and I'm about to test drive two models, priced very similarly:
2004 GLS 2.7L 4WD @ 81K mi.
2005 GLS 3.5L FWD @ 85K mi. (with Traction Control System)
Of course I wish I could find a 4WD with the larger 3.5L engine, but then that would cost more. These are listed only a few dollars apart, just under $8,000.
I live in the Pacific Northwest and would like to hit the dirt roads to explore a bit for hiking and photography, but the car will mostly be used for my commute/city driving.
Would love to hear what people think: all other things being equal, which would you choose?
Thanks in advance!