Right now my dad has a 2003 Land Rover Discovery with 70,000 miles. Its A/C was not blowing cold so we made an appointment to bring it into the shop to have the A/C recharged. A couple days before the appointment the car went haywire with electrical problems. It turns out it needs a new battery, alternator, computer in addition to a new A/C compressor and some other A/C related parts. In total, the repairs will cost many thousands of dollars. So we are going to fix it and trade it in for a new car before anything else can break in it. My dad is going to take my moms Touareg and keep that until the warranty runs out in 45,000 miles I think- he has a 1998 crappy oldsmobile cutlass commuter car (used to be my grandmas- he drives 150 miles round trip everyday) so this would be his weekend/rain/snow car. My mom wants a car that can be fixed close to home (VW and Land Rover dealers are 45min away), a reliable car, a car that can be fixed without outrageous fees (*cough*vw,landrover*cough*), but still be nice. The closest dealerships in order are Chevy/GM/Cadillac, Nissan, Ford, dodge/chrysler, volvo, saab, and Subaru. All of these are within 30min. I would assume that the Nissan also would fix and Infinti, dodge/chrysler would fix a jeep, and that ford would fix a lincoln. Toyota, Acura, and Lexus are 45min away but there cars require little fixing from what I hear. Today we very briefly checked out Volvo XC70's and XC90's. A car with a good amount of storage space and AWD is preferable. I know she likes Murano's and my friends mom has one and loves it. We have a Grand Cherokee as well which as been a great car that has had very few problems. I was thinking... Nissan/Infinit: Maxima, G35x, Murano, FX35 Ford: Nothing because my mom does not like ford Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep: Grand Cherokee Volvo: S60, XC70, XC90 Saab: 9-5, 9-7x Subaru: Outback (she is not a huge fan of subarus) Toyota: 4Runner Lexus: ES330, all there SUVs are overpriced Acura: MDX, TL Chevy/GMC/Caddi: Yukon (little big though) Any recommendations and/or advice?