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20. BMW 7-Series
In the market and shopping for a used car? Consumer Reports has released a list of 20 used vehicles to stay away from as they have a reputation for causing trouble. Listed is a top 20 list of used cars from 2003 to 2012 model year to avoid in alphabetical order. These vehicles had multiple years of much-worse-than-average overall reliability, according to Consumer Reports’ Annual Auto Survey.
The BMW 7-Series may be the German automaker’s luxury flagship, but used models aren’t without their issues. From 2001-2008, the 7-Series featured the good ‘ol “Bangle Butt” and sported some highly controversial styling. Early production of that generation was overwhelmed with issues even causing BMW to purchase back some of the vehicles back in 2002-2003. BMW of North America even extended its warranty on all 2002-2003 model year 7-Series vehicles to six years/100,000 miles from the original four years/50,000 miles.
According to Consumer Reports, the BMW 7-Series ranked “worse” in the categories of Engine Major, Engine Minor, Transmission Major, Transmission Minor, Body Hardware, and Audio System.
The Evoque was up against some stiff competition this year. Other contenders up for the award included BMW X3, Dodge Durango, Dodge Journey, Ford Explorer, Jeep Wrangler, Mercedes-Benz M-Class, MINI Countryman, Saab 9-4x and Volkswagen Touareg.
According to Motor Trend, the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque passed each of its six criteria for the distinction (Advancement In Design, Engineering Excellence, Efficiency, Safety, Value and Performance Of Intended Function) with flying colors.
Based on the Land Rover LR2, the Evoque is an evolutionary leap over its predecessor, says Motor Trend. Even though it shares a platform with the LR2, the Evoque performs considerably better in every way. “The Evoque is meant to appeal to the buyer who ranks style, content, and fuel efficiency above approach and departure angles,” says Motor Trend.
Just a few of Evoque’s perks that wowed the judges included its Terrain Response handling and AWD system, its stylish design, roomy cargo area, emission reduction, improved fuel economy and impressive value (it has a price tag of $43,995 – not too shabby when you see all the great features it comes with).
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A little sad that you’re stuck with a Volkswagen Touareg now that you’re a family man and having to haul around your kids to their weekend soccer games? Variety is the spice of life, and JE Design has released a very clean widebody kit for the new VW Touareg that does a fantastic job transforming the mundane commuter to a (surprisingly) good looking SUV.
It all does come at a price though with an MSRP of around $6,425. That gets you the complete widebody kit including a new front grill, front spoiler, front and back wheel arches (to widen the vehicle), rear diffuser, roof spoiler and rear hatch blend. A new set of blacked out headlights gives the front end of the Touareg a tad more aggressive look. Given that the full kit is constructed in polyurethane and primed when it gets to you, we can understand the price.
JE Design also points out that the rear bumper design is made to fit any sort of exhaust tip, just in case you have some sort of package on your Touareg. For $765, you can grab yourself a JE Design exhaust for the Touareg.
In addition to the performance offered from the exhaust, JE Design offers an ECU remap that increases horsepower of the 4.2L TDI from 340-hp to 410-hp. Torque also jumps from 590 ft-lbs to 685 ft-lbs. The ECU remap is available for $3,850 and comes with a one-year warranty for the powertrain. For $255 more, the warranty can be extended an additional two years.
Lowering the vehicle 1.35-inch or so is an electronic module offered at $1,830. 21×10-inch wheels are available in several finishes along with spacers to match the widebody conversion for $6,665.
You can get the complete package for $25,350 or so that includes paint and installation. Quite a chunk of change, but we’re digging the results.
GALLERY: JE Design Widebody Volkswagen Touareg
Official press release available after the break.