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Judy Lang ASKED THE GUIDE

Best used 7 seat SUVs under $30k?

I am looking at a 2011 Mazda CX-7 Luxury Sports that has done around 30,000 km. The one I am looking at is also under $20,000 and the owner simply stopped driving it due to a change of circumstances. It now does the occasional run to and from shops. My concern is the turbo and the timing belts on this model. I have read that the turbo fails due to sludge build up. And there are numerous reports of engine failures beyond repair. I'd like to lean on your experience for advice in this area. With a budget of around $20,000-30,000 what SUV's would you recommend I look at and in terms of secondhand would there be a particular model year to look at? I'm open to any make.

Sludge build-up is a turbocharger killer, but sludge won't build up if the car is regularly serviced and the oil is changed so it's always fresh. The problem is usually only with cars that haven't been serviced. Other seven-seaters you could look at are the Kia Sorrento, Hyundai Santa Fe, or Toyota Kluger.

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