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Old Oct 3rd 2019, 1:10 pm
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Folks, i have been in the magic kingdom for over 3 months, in Jubail (which is not very exciting i might add). But i think i might survive here for few years (ofc, on the assumption that i don't get canned). I am thinking to buy an SUV of some sort purely because:

* we will be a family of 5 (kids aged 5, 2.5 and no. 3 due in November, 2019)
* my daily round commute for work is 240 KMS on highway (from jubail)
* I will be travelling regularly to see some friends (and some family in Riyadh and other regions within KSA), again high motorway miles (or KMs)

So comfort and space (and safety ofc) is a must.

What i am confused on is, which option to take to purchase. For example i have the option to lease or few people i have spoken to got a bank loan, bought the car on cash. Similarly i see on this forum some advising long term hires which is slightly expensive option but has its benefits.

My monthly budget is around 3,000 SAR, and the SUVs i am looking to buy/rent/lease are between 120,000 and 150,000. Any advice would be very welcome.
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Old Oct 3rd 2019, 1:41 pm
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Originally Posted by Tahir84 View Post
Folks, i have been in the magic kingdom for over 3 months, in Jubail (which is not very exciting i might add). But i think i might survive here for few years (ofc, on the assumption that i don't get canned). I am thinking to buy an SUV of some sort purely because:

* we will be a family of 5 (kids aged 5, 2.5 and no. 3 due in November, 2019)
* my daily round commute for work is 240 KMS on highway (from jubail)
* I will be travelling regularly to see some friends (and some family in Riyadh and other regions within KSA), again high motorway miles (or KMs)

So comfort and space (and safety ofc) is a must.

What i am confused on is, which option to take to purchase. For example i have the option to lease or few people i have spoken to got a bank loan, bought the car on cash. Similarly i see on this forum some advising long term hires which is slightly expensive option but has its benefits.

My monthly budget is around 3,000 SAR, and the SUVs i am looking to buy/rent/lease are between 120,000 and 150,000. Any advice would be very welcome.
Up to you really, but I'd be wary of saddling yourself with a big debt. Only you know how secure your position is.

If you do go the bank route, check with your company what banks they have a relationship with . No relationship no loan which means opening another account etc for salary transfer with a bank they do have a relationship with.
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Old Oct 3rd 2019, 5:47 pm
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Or a Pajero, full option with a Diff lock.
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Use Uber
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Or a Pajero, full option with a Diff lock.
Agree with Pajero 100%, I like it, my second choice. But, because of the 3 kids {same with me), Prado wins my heart.
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You won't get 3 car seats in the back of a Pajero if you want to use the latching points. Prado would be better, although I prefer a Nissan Pathfinder to a Prado if you're never planning to go offroad.
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I thnk he was asking about leasing vs. owning ...

Anyway, in KSA it's a Suburban. Prado/Pajero/Fortuner is the UAE motor.

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The vast majority of roads in the region are paved and with smooth surfaces. Unless you want to off-road, I would suggest a road-focused SUV or large cross-over or even an estate car. All these come with AWD/4x4 options for the occasional challenging road and would offer you a much more refined every-day driving experience, better mileage (or range per tank if you don't care about fuel cost) and better on street dynamics and performance than those hard-core off-roaders, not to mention the interior trim (perceived) quality is in most cases better.

Don't take me wrong, Land Cruisers, Pajeros and Pathfinders are great, if you ride the sand-dunes on a regular basis. If not, they are a waste of resources and daily comfort and driving experience. My 2 pence.

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Wouldn't go anywhere near a Prado.... way too expensive for what they are, poor (2.7L) and average (4.0L) off road and only just OK on road.
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as this thread has become more about what make/model should it be, maybe i can chip in on that too (being the OP ), sorry but i have ruled out Prado long time ago, our company has around 40 odd (which we use to attend remote sites to recover/resurrect trains). As already mentioned above, brilliant off roader but it will be wasted on me, as all 240 KMs i will be doing daily will be on paved 3/4 lane highways.
So i am considering something like Tahoe/Yukon. I would love the Suburban however that is as big as a Challenger Tank.

Tahoe/Yukon are big enough for my needs. The 3rd row is good enough for young kids, if used as a 7 seater.
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I'd agree with ariskar - if you're doing mainly tarmac and commuting on your own, then get a cross-over type vehicle, something like a Ford Explorer or Grand Cherokee. The new Chevvy Blazer looks quite nice, though if you really need 7 seats, choice might be a little limited. Tahoe / Yukon are big trucks for a daily commute. I drive an Expedition EL and it's a big f**ker for a daily drive. If I was buying now, I'd deffo go smaller.
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I just recently handed back a Dodge Durango, it's surprisingly nimble. Enjoyed driving it a lot more than I thought I would.
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You should go for Nissan petrol and Toyota Land Cruiser, go for some old models so that it will be in your range, I would rather recommend you to go for range rover but it will be expensive for you I think
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