Lost brake pressure while driving and averted a bad accident. Dealer in Florida said that the high-pressure brake line had deteriorated ("due to salt, do you drive that car up North?") . Said it was normal for cars driven in salt. I said that our Lexus, Toyotas, Subarus, and other cars, even older and "permanently up North" didn't have these problems after 8 years... Even worse was that they'd have to remove the engine, and charge " ... at least $2500" to fix it... Very frustrating and disappointing. I decided NOT to have it fixed and to get rid of the car that day.
If you are looking for comfortable, mid-sized+ SUV, that typically has had good care and prior ownership, I recommend the Cadillac SRX's of 2008-2009. Handling is very good, comfort is excellent, gas mileage is OK.
I just read on a Cadillac forum there was just over 500 made of the specific SRX I'm driving. I have the 2009 SRX V8 AWD Sport Package which is loaded with every option and has the 20" rims. It is also Black Cherry which is harder to find. Initially I was looking at an Escalade EXT but ended up with the SRX which I love. It handles great, looks good and is pretty comfortable. Everyone already knows the gas mileage sucks so if that is an issue this ride isn't for you. I know repair cost are not going to be cheap either, pretty ridiculous price for something as simple as a headlight. Overall I'm happy but may step up to an EXT next just for more space.