2 things actually... My wife is contemplating on replacing her 02 C240 with an SUV, either an ML350 or Lexus RX 330. I did the "build & price" and both come out around $45k. The latter however has more gadgets not even available to the former. Also, I heard some bad things about the M class, so any comments or advice would be highly appreciated... 2nd thing, my brother is wanting to get a car for a new job and since he just got here (read no credit or whatnot), what do u guys think is most appropiate....buying a used car or an inexpensive new one? He's leaning towards the Xa. For a used one, he would like an AWD one, Subaru or Mazda Tribute which is approx. around $12k as well like the Scion.