Originally Posted by nautiboy
So for me, the loaded Limited seems like the right choice.
I'm looking at:
Limited 4x4, CRD, Lux-II, ORA-II, Advanced Tech, 8.4AN. I want the light frost interior, but I'm torn between the white and the cherry red for the exterior. Originally I was pretty set on the white (I like that it stays cooler in this CA sun), but after seeing the red in person I'm starting to lean that way. I guess I can just make use of the remote start to get the car cooling before I get in.
Oh noze - looks like my plan may be falling apart. Took the woman to see the vehicles yesterday. She was quite enamored with the few minor differences between the loaded limited and the overland. Though it didn't help that she had to use her imagination a bit on the loaded limited since there weren't any limiteds with the lux-2 package.
So I had to just explain and show, best I could, what were the exact differences between what I was considering (the loaded limited) and the overland.
But she liked the wood on the steering wheel, liked the leather dash, liked the power folding mirrors (which admittedly I do also like), liked the dark piping on the light frost seats, and preferred the overland grill.
On the flip-side, we both preferred the black body molding (feeling it would be more rugged and hold up to bumps and bangs better) and we both preferred the black carpeting (with the light frost interior) though she reasoned that the weathertech mats I was likely going to put in would make that point mostly moot.
Ironically we both flip-flopped on the colors, but in opposite directions. Looking at pictures online, I had preferred the white and she preferred the red. When we saw them in person I preferred the red and she flipped to the white, though actually her real favorite seemed to be the true blue (which I admit looks nice in person). I just don't think I want that dark of a color in this sun (to which she replied, "we may live in CA, but we're in *Pacifica*" which unfortunately is only something someone from the area might understand, but to give you a hint, our yearly festival is called Fog Fest
Also may have flipped on which dealership to go to. I had visited 2 dealerships already and was luke-warm on both of them, but had been having a fairly positive email discussion with a 3rd dealership and had hoped that would be the dealership we'd work with, so we went there to check it out in person. Unfortunately the person I had been emailing with wasn't there, and the people we talked to while there were very ... uninspiring. It wasn't more than 2 minutes after I said I wanted the diesel that the salesman just walked away. Even though I made it clear I was definitely going to buy, but needed to work out which model and options so I knew what to order. It wasn't like they were busy - in fact I think we were the only ones there at the time, and the salesmen were just standing around talking on their phones. We were just left to wander amongst the vehicles.
When I finally got the salesman to come back so that we might take a test drive, I asked if we could drive the Overland and he said "no, we don't want to put extra miles on the Overlands unless the person is likely to purchase that particular vehicle, but you can drive a limited". Of course the limited was a base limited, so would be very different than the loaded limited or overland we were considering. Then he walked away before we could even say "sure let's try out a limited". So we left.
Sorry for the tl;dr. Short version - bringing the woman along complicated my decision making process, and I was pretty disappointed with the dealership that I had hoped was going to be the one we'd be working with.