238k miles and running..what should I do next?
I have owned my 2004 Murano SE AWD (w/ navi) since 2010. With the CVT replaced at 96K miles by Nissan, and most of the common problems fixed, I am trying to figure out what next move to make. I am really just looking to see what others would suggest in my case. It is a bit to read but my last question in this post is the overall gist of the dilemma....
So, here is the dilemma... would it be a good idea to keep the Murano and replace several parts that are well overdue? I currently live in California and really like going up into the mountains in the winter time. The Murano is AWD and I do have snow chains for it. *I would like to keep it for short trips into the mountains only.*
It needs new front wheel bearings ASAP and the front and rear struts/shocks have never been replaced. Needs a couple of new endlinks, new rotors and that's pretty much it at the moment (I would be doing all of the work myself).
I am definetly keeping the car, but is it worth replacing these parts plus more at this mileage?...or should I keep it as is and use it only as needed after purchasing one of the two vehicles I'm interested below?
As you can see, I have a ton of miles on my car. With the high mileage, it doesn't seem like anyone is interested in purchasing it...which I completely understand. Anyways, I have been looking to purchase a 'newer' used vehicle. Originally, I wanted a used Infiniti QX70, considering I have a lot of faith in the VQ engines, but then I decided to look at something more fuel efficient (although I recently moved much closer to work). The other vehicle that I am honestly considering is a Lexus CT200h...much less room but definetly better on gas, since it is a hybrid.
Although slightly outdated, I do like the QX70. Considering it is basically a cousin of the Murano. I have almost all of the same features in my vehicle as the QX70. I like that it is larger in size, as I do like to travel/take road trips. I am not liking the fact that the gas mileage isn't that great and that premium fuel is recommended, but I will be driving much less now on a daily basis going to and from work.
The CT200h has similar features, but is much much smaller inside. The MPGs are AMAZING and it only requires regular unleaded. Also, it is a very reliable vehicle....plus it may be a few thousand less than the QX70.
So, which vehicle would you go with..AND...would you consider replacing several hundred dollars worth of parts on the Murano to keep as a vehicle used on a few occasions?