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Trying to select a new vehicle

Discussion in 'Car Forum' started by Eagle78101, Jan 20, 2006.

  1. Eagle78101

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    Basically, we need something that can hold stuff, be comfortable for long trips and get reasonable mileage. We love SUV's, but they are simply out of our price range. Slowly narrowing it down:

    Dodge Caravan
    Honda Element

    are the two I have researched so far. Any other suggestions? I'm open to anything that meets our criteria, either foreign or American. We are *very* reluctant to purchase used, been burned too many times.;4
     
  2. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

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    This one is nice when you want to leave for work late and arrive early........

    [​IMG]

    ;N
     


  3. Eagle78101

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    Glockdude, I think people who buy those kinds of cars probably don't work. ;Q
     
  4. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

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    You are right. If I could win the looto just to afford that monster, I would not work ethier........

    ;N
     
  5. Asha'man

    Asha'man eat the eat!

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    They're not as much as you think. A Factory Five kit with a decent 331 or 347 or even a stock 302 in it isn't much more than $20-25K.

    Brian
     
  6. pesticidal

    pesticidal Eh? CLM

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    http://www.classicroadsters.com/
     
  7. Rob1035

    Rob1035 Skeet Surfer

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    back on topic, what about a wagon?

    Volvo, VW, and others all have some good wagons, might meet your space needs while getting good mpg
     
  8. grecco

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    the honda element sounds like it would meet your needs.
     
  9. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

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    www.dodge.com

    Check out the Dodge "Caliber" coming out next year.

    ;N
     
  10. lakota169

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    Great ride, 23+mpg highway, a lot of interior room, and it's got a Hemi.
     
  11. Asha'man

    Asha'man eat the eat!

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    45acp4me Pissed puppet

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  13. Eagle78101

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    I had a Toyota Rav4. It was very reliable and good on gas, but I hated it. Horrible burglar system and really bad ergonomics. I'll probably get the Element. Everything else is too high priced, or doesn't get the MPG I want.
     
  14. Had a 98 Dodge Caravan, will never buy another Dodge product. Bad oil seals, bad elecrical, bad pumps (fuel, water, power steering all went out), bad AC, bad window motors, bad tranny, wouldn't stay in alignment, brake pads wore out every 20k & master cylinder went out around 50k, rear view window motor went out, power door locks broke. I think the radiator was the only thing that didn't break (if you don't count the water pump).

    I think that Scion offers something similar to the Honda Element. Scion is made by Toyota so you can't go wrong with it or the Honda.
     
  15. spober

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    boooooring!hey the 05/06 mustang has a back seat!
     
  16. Eagle78101

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    Yep, I had heard that the Caravan has serious reliability issues. It's a shame, cause they are very family friendly.
     
  17. I"ve got a 97 Dodge Caravan. It has been reliable, except that I had to replace the power lock motor/controller. I think it is much bigger than the Element. Depends on how much room you need.

    Maybe try a Certified Used Car from a dealer, that is only a few years old? Less money than new, but with less risk.
     
  18. Victory

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    check out some of the wagons available from subaru. decent milege, good amout of cargo room, Reliable.
     
  19. dubltap

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    You never said if you had kids or just need room for stuff, but how about the Chrysler PT Cruiser? I have one there is a ton of room if espically if you fold the rear seats down or remove them. 24-30 mpg. I have orver 50K on my 2003 and it has never been to the shop for anything. I have a friend who delivers mail with hers and she has 190k on it and has only had it in the shop for general mantainence.