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Car Searching 
27th-Jun-2016 03:51 pm
Monkey kisses
Have (somewhat) narrowed down the car search.

Requirements: AWD, wagon, reliable, newer (not brand-new)
Almost-requirements: Heated seats (you would think this would be a non-issue in newer cars, but I'm looking at YOU, economy Subarus), not an awful color (I'm looking at you 90's Subaru Outback Teal)

Looking at:
Volvo XC70
Subaru Outback or Forester
Mercedes e320

Volvo: This has rock-solid ratings and a great interior. The problem is that unless I buy very-new, the next available model years seem to be 2008. Mileage creeps way up if at all newer. Because people drive these for-ev-er. It's a good sign, but it makes it tough to find at a reasonable price.

Subaru: Solid. Reliable. Great to drive in the snow. These are popular for a reason. People drive them forever. My issue is that the ride is sort of tinny and the cars have a very cheap interior feel. It's not a dealbreaker, of course, but it gives me slight pause. There's also this weird crossover where they started making the Outbacks more like mini-suvs...and I really don't want a mini-suv.

Mercedes: This was my old wagon. I loved my old wagon SO MUCH. The issue here is that these are becoming incredibly scarce, what's available generally is old and has high mileage, and there is a known issue with body rust. I wouldn't get the c-class again (my last car) but the e-class was amazing to drive. SO solid in the snow. So awesome to handle. Third row seats are also a plus.

I have pretty much eliminated the Audis (they're cheap and available, but their reliability ratings are crap), the Cadiallac SRX (too big...why was D showing me this car?!).

I'm open to looking at other wagons, but there really aren't a lot of them out there.
27th-Jun-2016 11:42 pm (UTC)
It's not the most practical thing for everyday use, but boy is that pretty...
28th-Jun-2016 01:01 pm (UTC)
Yes...I could drive around disguised like a shrubbery... No one would ever see me coming.
28th-Jun-2016 01:42 am (UTC)
The wagon is the best possible constellation of car features. I really can't understand why there aren't more of them.
28th-Jun-2016 01:02 pm (UTC)
I love a wagon; smaller-yet-roomy, great for driving in snow (more important here than many other places, granted). Apparently the wagon has been pretty much ousted by the SUV or mini-SUV.
28th-Jun-2016 03:38 pm (UTC)
I have a Scion xB, which is classified as a wagon somehow. It's a nice SUV alternative because it's so little--easy to park in the city.
3rd-Jul-2016 10:23 am (UTC)
Good luck with the car hunt!
I'd like my next car to be a wagon, it'd just be nice to have the extra space!
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