TOP 5 great used crossovers under $15,000

TOP 5 great used crossovers under $15,000

The choice of a premium car in the secondary market often depends on the cost of its maintenance and the final resource. But that doesn't mean there aren't luxury pre-owned crossovers that won't constantly hit your pocketbook and last a long time.

TOP 5 great used crossovers under $15k

All used car buyers can be divided into two categories. Some prefer to buy the most understandable and reliable models. The latter strive to stand out with their unusual choice, having plus or minus the same budget.

As a rule, the latter are considered crazy, while the former are boring.

But do not forget that the choice of car on The secondary market somehow remains a lottery. Equally likely to draw a “lucky” or “losing” ticket.

Participants in this lottery have long formed stereotypes about a priori “reliable” and “problem” cars. Because of which buyers today are biased not only towards specific models, but also towards entire brands.

However, even one car model in different configurations can radically differ in reliability and service.

In this regard, HB has collected five used premium crossovers that intimidate many drivers, but in some combinations the engine-transmission is a really good car.

Volvo XC90, 2009− 2013 onwards

From $12,000

Volvo's flagship model, released exactly 20 years ago, remains one of the most recognizable and respected crossovers in the world to this day . Despite this, in Ukraine, cars are treated with caution, being afraid of major repairs of key components and expensive maintenance in general.

But if you are lucky enough to find a well-maintained option, a car can give you less trouble than the most common “Japanese”.

The reason for this is the high quality of body materials that rarely rot even at high mileage, almost perfect combinations of some power installations, as well as a rather resourceful running gear.

That is why the auto mechanics with whom NV spoke when preparing this material joke that this crossover aging gracefully.” Delighting their owners with an abundance of electronic functions and leather in the cabin.

The twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter gasoline engine, as well as the most powerful 4.4-liter V8 engine from Yamaha in the lineup, received not the best reputation. Although the latter had an extremely high resource, its high consumption, complexity and high cost of maintenance scared away many customers.

Fortunately, in Ukraine, in the given search parameters, you can find the most common gasoline “aspirated” with six in-line cylinders of 3 .2 liters, as well as five-cylinder 2.4-liter turbodiesels of the D4 and D5 series.

Earlier generation diesel engines proved to be more reliable because they did not have particulate filters, swirl flaps and turbine electric drive. These engines gave out 20+ hp. With. less power than their improved versions, but easily covered more than 400 thousand km with proper maintenance.

The 3.2-liter petrol inline-six also remains one of Volvo's flagships in terms of reliability and efficiency. One of the few weak points of the motor is the wear of the bearings of the timing chain gearbox. Therefore, the sound of the engine is worth listening to. As well as prevent it from overheating.

In the basic versions with these engines, you can find front-wheel drive XC90. Although most often on the “secondary” options with permanent all-wheel drive Volvo are available.

A choice of five-speed automatic transmission Aisin AW55-50/51SN or automatic transmission Aisin TF-80SC for six speeds, four-speed “automatic” 4T65 from General Motors, as well as the six-speed “mechanics” of the Volvo M66.

All automatic transmissions are considered quite reliable, but the six-speed automatic transmission Aisin turned out to be the most efficient in terms of dynamics and fuel consumption.

Infiniti FX, 2008-2013.

From $13K

The FX model, which was succeeded by the new QX line in 2013, has always been considered “sporty”, therefore it has found popularity among fans of aggressive driving.

The body of the second generation has become even more streamlined and dynamic, delighting others with modern forms even almost 15 years after the release.

Unlike the first FX, which was equipped with Nissan V6 engines of 3.5 and 3.7 liters, in the new generation, they added a three-liter turbodiesel V6 from Renault, as well as a five-liter gasoline aspirated V8 from Nissan.

In Ukraine, it is almost impossible to find the most voluminous and powerful power plant, so the most common on the market are 3.5- and 3 .7 liter V6 engines.

Despite excellent performance and low consumption, French diesel engines in Infiniti did not find popularity due to a number of unsuccessful design decisions and the very high cost of parts.

V6 gasoline engines, which have less traction and consume more fuel.

In the most neglected options, there is oil consumption, the destruction of 5-6 cylinders of cylinders, as well as leaks in cardboard oil channel gaskets. The engine is also demanding on fuel quality due to a weak catalyst.

A huge plus of this engine is a high level of maintainability and a huge number of donors in the “secondary”.

The previous five-speed Jatco JR507E transmission was replaced here by the new Jatco JR710E seven-speed hydraulic automatic, which is not inferior in reliability and often lives longer than other components are auto.

Land Rover Freelander, 2009-2015 onwards

From $10,000

Like most Volvo models before 2010, Land Rover of those years suffered from a set of not the most successful solutions supplied by the parent concern Ford.

Therefore, in this model, one should be extremely careful in the selection of engines and modifications.

Despite the full premium segment, mechanics complain that even 10-year-old Freelanders often come for service with serious pockets of corrosion on the bottom and other parts of the body.

Another common model problem is regular electrical failures, which can let you down at the most unfortunate moment. It is worth considering these points when considering different options for a car.

As for engines, the two-liter gasoline turbocharged Ford EcoBoost engine, which developed 243 hp, became the most disastrous in the series. With. power and got a lot of weak points. In this regard, the engine life rarely exceeds 200 thousand km without major repairs.

One of the most successful engines for the Freelander 2 turned out to be a 3.2-liter naturally aspirated petrol from Volvo, which we discussed above.

True, among the diesel line, it is still worth noting the 2.2-liter Ford Duratorq engines, which in various modifications developed here from 150 to 190 hp. With. power.

The motor turned out to be quite high-torque, economical and resourceful, although it suffered from a number of typical problems, including the failure of the forced crankcase ventilation system PCV, as well as a relatively weak fuel system.

The six-speed “automatic” Aisin AWF21 turned out to be more than reliable and most often bothered its owners only with regular overheating or poor service.

Mercedes-Benz M-Class, 2009−2011.


From $13 thousand

The iconic Mercedes crossover in this body was produced from 2006 to 2011 and became the penultimate one in history with the ML marking.

In Ukraine, you can find several suitable options after restyling in 2007 with a certain set of power plants that will bring the least problems.

Although a very wide range of engines was available throughout the series, including the most powerful gasoline engines of 4.6, 5.0, 5.5 and 6.2 liters.

A rather rare hybrid version with the ML450 index was also produced .

In the secondary market in our country, it is really only possible to find a gasoline 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 with the M272 index, as well as a three-liter turbodiesel V6 OM642.

The gasoline engine is considered much more reliable and one of the most successful in the class. True, only in its modification with distributed injection (without a CGI system). One of the weak points of this engine is the timing drive with a double-row chain. The most common problem is the rapid wear of the balance shaft gears. Otherwise, the engine is considered relatively reliable, and often travels more than 350 thousand km without major repairs with proper maintenance.

Three-liter turbodiesels had a slightly shorter resource, suffering mainly from the destruction of the intake manifold, which entailed a number of problems with the dampers and the turbine. Another common problem is the malfunction of the piezo injectors, the repair of which costs a pretty penny.

The only available version of the transmission for this car is the seven-speed “automatic” 7G-Tronic, which suffered from a failure of the control board, and also did not like aggressive overclocking.

BMW X5, 2009−2013

From $12,000

Another coveted crossover that many prefer to bypass.

Most often, the second generation X5 was equipped with new series of gasoline engines N52/N55/N62/N63 with a volume of 3.0, 4.0 and 4.4 liters.

The engines showed excellent dynamics, but received a huge number of weak and problem areas. In particular, because of this series of engines, the BMW brand has found fame as “unreliable”.

True, in the case of the X5 E70, there is one engine option that is at least as good as competitors in terms of resource. And in some cases even surpasses other crossovers in this class.

We are talking about the good old three-liter turbodiesel of the M57 series, which was produced from 1998 to 2013.

Of course, the M57D30TU2 modification, which developed 235 hp, turned out to be the most reliable. With. power and 520 Nm of torque.

This engine received an aluminum block (cast iron in early versions) with six in-line cylinders, a timing chain drive, hydraulic lifters and a pressurization system with one or two turbines.

< p> Among the most famous weaknesses of the motor are the intake manifold flaps and the destruction of the crankshaft pulley. But high-quality fuel and regular maintenance will help to avoid these problems and extend the life of the engine even after runs of 300-350 thousand km.

Well, and, perhaps, the main advantage of this car over the same Mercedes-Benz M-Class The W164 is a very reliable eight-speed ZF 8HP70 “automatic” that digests up to 700 Nm of torque and shifts gears very quickly.

Even in harsh operating conditions, this automatic transmission travels more than 200 thousand km and requires only qualified service for about once every 60 thousand kilometers.