Yeah, sorry, a lot of info, as I said, I've been looking for months now and just have to come to closure soon, so turning anywhere for advice.
A truck or Avalanche won't do with 2 decent size dogs and most likely kids on the way.
Also, resale is of little value..the wife wants this to be over and done with for good. We just bought a new HHR SS in April, so this SUV will be the last vehcile we purchase for a while so I have to be happy with it, while keeping the budget in mind of course. As I said though, something has to happen within the next month or so before the snow really could hit, so I can't really wait 4 months for prices to drop more.
Haven't looked too much at anything new...I just assume for something like a Denali XL being $75K CDN MSRP, GM Canada likely isn't giving $30K cash back/discount...which $40K is the price I can get for a 07 Denali XL with only 16K KM's and over a year and a half left on the warranty. Haven't researched new in the US (we have relatives down there that could buy it new for us, we but it from them), but I assume the story is similar.
We only drive about 12K km a year in each vehicle, so used makes even more sense mileage and warranty wise.
The Denali is growing on me a little, but I still prefer the look of the Suburban, let alone the ESV. I know its the guts of the Denali that matter in the end, but the Denali/Yukon's bug me as they look too much like Envoy's..should've made the front end as agressive as their trucks.
ESV's are just that much rarer is appears which means the price is just that much more, here and in the US. There's 3 or 4 regular Escalade's looking at the used sites in the US, for every ESV.
Anyways, thanks again, I'll keep scowering the usual sites...the Suburban I had on hold is taking a bit longer to come in then expected, which gives me a few more days to decide if I want to keep it or pursue something else.
Okay, now I realize that the ESV is the Caddy suburban. I had it confused with the Avalanche version. I guess $40k for a one year old is a pretty good deal. Someone sure took a beating on it. Only concern with the Denali is they are full time 4 wheel drive so expect that to cost you a bit in mileage. Caddy is same.
You guys have trouble with your Caddy in the winter? Here in Calgary it's been in the -20's for a while and the roads can be icy. On power car seems to be good. Stopping is ok with normal precautions. Starting from stop, or accelerating can be tricky. I have new Dunlops and still the rear likes to swing.
I have heard contradicting opinions about sandbags in the trunk. Currently I have 75 lbs or so in the tire tub thing. Mine is 04 CTS-V.
I don't have any trouble with my V in the winter. It doesn't slide at all. Of course that may be due to the fact that it is in the garage and will stay that way til the streets are nice and dry! I'm using my 2001 Z71 4X4 in auto 4wd. That gets around okay. Also bought a 1993 Ford Escort 5 spd for my daughter to use while she is here for a month. Great fun car to drive and cost me $400 and about $75 for repairs and I think I have it sold for mid January for $500!
My wifes 3.6CTS slides around all over and traction control is lit up a lot. I'm thinking maybe I should break down and buy some snow tires for it.
Hey Alan what pressure are you running in the rear? Try dropping it about 2 psi and give that a whirl. It will help with the contact patch and hopefully help with getting the traction you need. Not too sure abou tthe power different but even my little V6 STS is very rear end happy this winter