Concerns about Buying a Terrain Diesel
I live in the Northeast and have a long daily highway commute averaging 35k miles per year. My golf cart of a Hyundai that I currently drive has been flawless but at 175k miles, it needs to go out to pasture soon before it needs any major repairs. In addition, I want to tow a small aluminum fishing boat (8-10 times a year) and a new little Hyundai won't be up to the job. I'm spoiled by Asian car dependability and getting 32-35 mpg.
Enter the Terrain Diesel
I've test driven the Terrain Diesel and loved it. My thought is to wait until next February or so and buy a 2018 vehicle coming off a lease - hopefully maintained at the dealer from which I make the purchase. I'd buy the longest most comprehensive GM extended warranty and keep my fingers crossed.
My problem is that I've had so many bad experiences with GM products since I was a kid that I think I might have automotive PTSD - mostly from suffering through a 1980 Olds Omega, and 2002 Saturn L300. I know that GM is a lot better these days, but the Chevy cruise engine debacle was recent and I can't unsee the Pontiac Aztec. Fact is, if my car doesn't run, I don't get to work and have to rent a vehicle. So there is a lot at stake.
Am I just being neurotic about this, or should I be concerned about trusting this car to take me to the 200k range without reliability issues. In fact, the money for maintenance and repairs is much less important than the feeling of not having a car I can trust. I'm the type that tends to over-do maintenance and get things done the second there might be a problem.
What would you all do? Any help is greatly appreciated.