Let me tell a little bit more about my decision...
Right now I'm driving my dad's Ford F150 SuperCrew until I get a new car. My brother has a 1991 Ford Bronco 4x4 I also drive. My dad and I talked yesterday about how the Montero is "more rugged" than my CRV. First, let me say that I didn't like my CRV. I've had it 6 years and before that I had a 1986 Chevy Blazer. I'm ready to move to something a little bigger. I'm currently in law school, but was planning to buy a brand new car in 2 years when I'm done with school. I'm looking at the Chevy Trailblazer, but we'll see how I feel in 2 years. So, this Montero will only be for 2 years.
I really liked that it was bigger and sat up higher than my CRV. I loved that I felt like I was surrounded by windows, it has a very open feel. The one I'm looking at has been kept in really good condition as far as I can tell, with the only cosmetic damage being a small tear in the front passenger seat. I'd actually prefer to get a model that wasn't a 4x4 because I don't need it, but all the ones I've looked at have it. I do ski, so having a 4x4 will be nice because my CRV couldn't make it up the mountain in snow. I just won't be using the 4x4 often.
Thanks for all the advice so far. I like to really research things because I tend to make impulsive buys. I've got a company called "Car Checkers" here in Atlanta coming out to look at the car either today or tomorrow. They apparently check for just about everything, including a paint test to see if it's been wrecked and repainted or anything. My family only owns Fords (except me), so my dad doesn't know much about the Montero. Best to leave it to someone who does.
Any other advice is much appreciated. I've read other threads on here and it's very helpful.
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