Thanks to all! I think it will be a fine TV for us. I may be a little crazy for searching a 500 mile radius for the right tug for the right price. I could have bought a very nice 4 Runner just 25 miles away.
Patrick, I agree completely that Toyotas are known for their reliability. The 4 Runner was my benchmark for a used TV. I owned a new 1986 Toyota MR2 (my first new car). I drove it for 9 years until our first child was born. I did NOTHING to it other than general maintenance and one water pump. My tug research pointed in the direction of a 4 Runner as the standard for looking at what we wanted to buy. But, there are a ton of folks that think the same way, thus keeping prices very high or when the price was right, the mileage was high. Heck, I looked at a 2010 4 Runner that the dealer was still asking $30,000!
Here comes my justification!!!
However, I think the Borrego is a solid choice for a tug. Kia stopped making them after one year because of the poor timing of when it was introduced, not because of it being a bad vehicle. In 2009, the economy was in a shambles, gas was very pricey, and folks were bailing on truck based SUVs and were justifiably buying car-based SUVs. They continued to make the Borrego in other countries even though it was only sold here for one year. It also uses the same engine as the Hyundai Genesis
luxury sedan, so there is a track record beyond one year.
We also own a 2008 Kia Rondo (kinda of a 3/4 size minivan). It listed for $24,500, but we bought it brand new in June, 2009 when the economy was in the basement. We bought it new for $16,800!!! It currently has 82,000 miles and has been very dependable. Is it as good as the Toyotas, Hondas, Mazdas, etc. that we have owned? I don't think so. But, it has been good enough. Not quite the precision instrument of our Hondas, but a darn fine vehicle, plus we saved thousands and had a great warranty to back it up. In fact, we still have almost 4 years or 18,000 miles left on the power train warranty on the Rondo.
My experience with the Rondo made me comfortable in considering the Borrego as a legitimate TV. For the same exact price, I could buy an 09 Borrego Limited with 83,500 miles and nearly every option compared to a nicely loaded '06 Toyota 4 Runner with 153,000 miles. Plus, I got a new set of tires
on the Borrego. Love the 4 Runner. There are folks putting 300,000 miles on them. I would have considered the 4 Runner more if I knew who put those miles on it. Still, it was solid option. In the end though, I was more than willing to go with the Borrego with almost half the mileage, more options, and the new tires
were the icing on the cake!
We shall see!!!