Vehicle Shopping advice

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  1. Beyerball

    Beyerball Well-Known Member

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    I've driven dozens and dozen of different crossover/SUV/vans..I drive 70k miles a year and cover 8 states including North Dakota..this is first time I've had an outback..if you are buying new or few years old and u want a crossover that is safest for your kids and is by far the best vehicle in snow I've ever driven then IMO again is Outback..that s thing weighs like 5000 lbs or something.. tank.
     
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  2. dmclone

    dmclone Well-Known Member

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    Damn, that's nearly 300 miles a day. Impressive
     
  3. CYCLONE STATE

    CYCLONE STATE Member

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    That's a lot of miles. You must replace a lot of motherboards and gas cap sensors.
     
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  4. Bobber

    Bobber Well-Known Member

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    I have 3 kids with similar age spread(oldest soon to be 14). Wife has had a Honda Odyssey for the last 10 years(and we still love it). I had a big Ford Taurus and could squeeze 3 cars seats in it. What a pain in the butt. Always tight fit.

    I suggest getting something with 3 rows of seats so you can separate fighting kids which happens more and more as they get bigger and more independent. I have a Dodge Durango with about 135,000 miles on it and love it. AWD is nice when we do get a snowy winter.
     
  5. besserheimerphat

    besserheimerphat Well-Known Member

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    Just heard the best quote about minivans from Christine Lakin (Alice "Al" Lambert from the 90's show Step By Step):

    "Buying a minivan is like losing your virginity. It hurts the first time, but then you start to think about all the stuff you can fit in there."

    FYI Lakin, Beverly Mitchell (7th Heaven) and Jodie Sweetin (Full House) are doing an unscripted comedy show called "Hollywood Darlings" sometime this spring.
     
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  6. ou812zx

    ou812zx Active Member

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    I am biased but the suburban is a bit excessive yes, but very capable. I work on my own rigs so I bought mine dirt cheap needing some repairs. regardless it does what I want...tow a car trailer or bikes? no sweat...Drive over a mountain pass in winter...no sweat...load up a crew of 6 or 7...sure...haul firewood or tool...sure. for most a minivan with proper tires is a great option. given my price of entry, current fuel costs, ease of repair....my old suburban is real tough to beat. buying used and fixing things yourself is a huge benefit here. even though it's a 2000, all features work including keyless entry, heated leather seats, auto 4x4, and Bluetooth stereo...aftermarket of course
     
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  7. NickTheGreat

    NickTheGreat Well-Known Member

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    We bought a Buick Enclave recently, with only one kid, but planning ahead.

    It's the same platform as the Chevy Traverse. The Buick commercials are really stupid, but it is a nice car really. Not great mileage, but that kinda comes with the territory.

    A friend of mine uses a crew cab truck to haul around 3 kids, with at least 2 in carseats. I wouldn't think that possible, but apparently so :confused:
     
  8. CycloneErik

    CycloneErik Well-Known Member

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    Maybe something like this?

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  9. 3TrueFans

    3TrueFans Well-Known Member

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    It only has 1 horsepower though, that doesn't seem like enough.
     
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  10. CycloneErik

    CycloneErik Well-Known Member

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    Not to your spoiled millennial attitude.
     
  11. 2forISU

    2forISU Well-Known Member

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    Any Subaru, you wont regret.
     
  12. ArgentCy

    ArgentCy Well-Known Member

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    Like my Subaru Outback but warning you may be called a Lesbian by uninformed message board posters who like cars. Side note, the prices of used cars on the wholesale market are falling so you might be able to negotiate a pretty good deal.

    It has lots of leg room as both the wife and I are tall and I can drive without the seat crammed to the back most position. I am not sure if you will be able to get three car seats into the back seat though.
     
  13. stateofmind

    stateofmind Well-Known Member

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    We just got done buying a Malibu. My son is 13, but 5'9", so we were concerned about the fit for him in the back seat. We were very close to getting a Honda CRV or HRV. I wanted the Impala, but my wife didn't want that big... I'm guessing that the backseat in any of these will work for you, but if you keep the vehicle a while the third row would be the way to go. Even if you have the minivan as the primary, you may want a different vehicle for road trips.

    If I could've convinced my wife to spend the money and squeeze it in the garage we would've bought a Murano, Enclave, Edge, or Acadia in that order.
     
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  14. capitalcityguy

    capitalcityguy Well-Known Member

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    So your wife is the practical one in the family? ;)
     
  15. 3TrueFans

    3TrueFans Well-Known Member

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  16. stateofmind

    stateofmind Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, it's not even close. If I didn't have her I'd be up to my eyeballs in debt. I'd have a ton of cool things, but broke. Instead we are pretty comfortable. Love that girl.
     
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