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Well the deal is all done and the Jeep is officially ours. Was very bittersweet cleaning out the Explorer yesterday. I'll miss the old girl, but it was a good run, just shy of 4 years and 68k miles. The Jeep is so different, it doesn't feel like I'm driving a boat, its fun to drive and has a sporty feel. One nice perk I don't have to worry about ripping the stupid piece under the front bumper off on every darn parking curb! I don't know how many times I had to have that fixed on the Explorer. Now I need to find some trails to give the Jeep a real test and see how it does.
I've been thinking hard about trading in the Explorer. Getting really close to the 4 year mark and its sitting right about 68k. Its been a great car, really great, but reality is I don't need anything that big anymore. We have no use for the 3rd seat, hasn't been up in years.
The other issue is the damn inflatable rear seat belts. There's exactly 2 car seat manufacturers that allow use of them for seat belt installs of car seats, not a huge deal, I can buy a new car seat, but installation with the inflatable belts is a nightmare. Little man is almost to the weight limit of the latch anchors so seat belt install is looming in the near future for his car seat.
With all that in mind I started looking at smaller SUVs. Really liked the Escape and well x-plan and all that made it more attractive but it didn't blow my skirt up. GM had nothing I wanted....I mean really who wants a Terrain? Honda CRV is ok but boring. I hate the Mazda suvs. Subaru is a no. So I decided to take a look at what Jeep had to offer, I had a couple Jeeps years ago and loved them. Drove a 2017 Cherokee Trailhawk and well, I think it might be coming home with me tomorrow. Ok, I might be lying a little, its actually in my garage but we still have to sign the papers, waiting for USAA to get the paperwork for the extra rebate to the dealer tomorrow. They just handed me the keys and told me to take it home. They locked up the Explorer and I'll clean it out tomorrow. So unless something insane happens you can mark me down for a punch.
All this talk of new cars has me eyeing my Explorer.....I do get x-plan pricing......maybe a new something should be in my driveway.....nah, can't do that. I do have to say at 63k miles the Explorer has been the most trouble free car I've ever owned. I still get the "want for a new car" sometimes but overall the Explorer is serving me well. Now if I could just get my hands on hubby's Fusion sometimes.....
I beat my record.....the Explorer has now become the car I've kept the longest since I started driving 23 years ago. It has just over 62k on it and other than a couple minor hiccups its been a great car. In just a few days I will have owned it for 40 months.....
Three weeks into Fusion ownership and so far nothing has been hit with it which is a miracle considering the last 2 commuters had bumps at 3 weeks.....so did the '15 Focus.
We are VERY impressed with the car, comfortable, quiet, almost luxury feel to it with great handling. Best part about it is its possible to comfortably fit 5 people in it with one being in a car seat. The car seat fits much better in the Fusion than my Explorer. We were able to take the Fusion on an hour long trip to go to dinner with 5 of us in the car. My oldest is tall and had plenty of leg room plus room on either side of the car seat was more than adequate. Can't pull that off in the Explorer, someone has to go in the 3rd row and that's whoever pulls the short straw since nobody wants to go back there.
No there won't be another punch this year and no I will not be trading my Explorer for a Fusion. I really do like my Explorer, its only had 2 issues in 60k miles, both fixed with no trouble. I don't see another punch in our future for a long time unless some critter or bad driver wipes out one of the fleet.....I really hope not, we like all of our cars!