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post #421 of 437
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Originally Posted by ikke
Maybe a strange idea, but how about taking the best of both worlds?
I use a Mercedes E200CDI (2001) for the travel and Daihatsu Charade AWD (1987) for the village and going to the slopes. This package cost me less than for instance a Subaru WRX or an Audi A4 and costs about equal to run.
- Mercedes gives great fuel consumption and excellent comfort while driving. Relatively cheap due to the four-cilinder diesel engine.
- Daihatsu is light, four-wheel driven (never gets stuck) and it costs next to nothing to run. Easy to park. Doesn't matter if it dents a bit either. And has a GREAT appeal next to the Porsche jeeps, Audi Rs'es, BMW's and other big, heavy, troublesome parking stuff the other folks use here in Crans.
I like that setup very much.

Multi-car-liability premiums aren't available at much of a discount here though, so its a bit annoying to pay for the same liability twice. I do it anyways, but it'd be difficult if I had newer vehicles.
post #422 of 437
I have a '98 Legacy Outback wagon for five years, I got it because it always floods here and it's pretty decent in very sticky mud, snow, sand, gravel, and all kinds of dirt. I wish it had a manual transmission, but it came with automatic. I have slept in the Outback on the beach, on the road, road biking - everyone else was in tents - it was muggy and hot, but not me I crashed out in my car), and a couple of times a ski area's parking lot (I made sure that the exhaust pipe was clear before I turned on the heater - don't want to die of carbon monoxide). I looked at the Impreza wagon (the Forester is based on the Impreza platform), I prefer the Legacy/Outback.

But Subaru is two steps below Toyota, Honda, and Nissan . Subaru is owned by the keiretsu that owns Isuzu. But since Toyota and Honda stopped making 4X4/AWD wagons in the early 90's, the Outback and Legacy have ruled the roost. The only automakers who sell AWD wagons other than Subaru are all European - and they all take premium gasoline. I don't count the Matrix which came out last year - it's tinier than the Impreza wagon! And the Element is boxy and has a high center of gravity.
post #423 of 437
Corvette C5, six speed ........................... the fun is back!
post #424 of 437
Do they make that with AWD ? May be we'll take our Turbo Civic up skiing sometime. But with it's high HP numbers it could be handfull on cold pavement. At least it's FWD.
post #425 of 437
No .... though an AWD was considered for the Vette quite a while back. The old Toyota truck will still be the ski hack.

The MPG ratings for the Vette are the shocker .... 28 highway and a few guys on a forum are reporting 32! Better than our Volvo or base Saab.
post #426 of 437
Awesome! Glad to hear you got one.

The C5 illustrates just why fuel mileage has been decreasing in the US for the last 15 years...not more powerful engines (which the vette certainly has) but bigger frontal area and heavier and heavier cars (which the vette, thankfully, has not)

Doesn't matter if you have the most fuel efficient fourbanger on earth if you are pushing a 4000lb truck around with it :lol:
post #427 of 437
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Originally Posted by powdog
I don't count the Matrix which came out last year - it's tinier than the Impreza wagon!
Not really. The Matrix is bigger in most interior dimensions than the Impreza.
post #428 of 437
I have a buddy with a Matrix, which we have taken on ski trips. More than enough room for three guys and their gear. I imagine with a simple box it would be excellent for four guys and gear.
post #429 of 437
toyota yoda ...
post #430 of 437
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Originally Posted by Yuki
No .... though an AWD was considered for the Vette quite a while back. The old Toyota truck will still be the ski hack.

The MPG ratings for the Vette are the shocker .... 28 highway and a few guys on a forum are reporting 32! Better than our Volvo or base Saab.
If you can get 28 mpg driving a vette, you have much better self control than I do. I managed 20 mpg for a tankfull in a chevette once in northern Ontario once. My 750 Interceptor used to get about 20 mpg too (due to that magnet that kept pulling the tach to the redline).
post #431 of 437
My top pick "car" for skiing?


The CABLE car, of course!
post #432 of 437
Good one Fox and I don't think anyone's mentioned the Honda CRV. About 22-23K loaded and has AWD with great ground clearance. It's good on gas insurance is cheap and will haul 4 poeple with all there gear INSIDE or five if using a rack. I've driven ours to Snowshoe WV on very snow covered/icy patch roads (anyone who has driven there knows it's brutal once off the freeway) and it's been rock solid. Great bang for the buck, but you will need plenty of room to pass anyone
post #433 of 437
BMW X5. Drives like a BMW, hauls butt in the snow.
post #434 of 437
porsche Cayenne with winter tries is excellent
the v6 version is only about 45k
post #435 of 437
The 911 Turbo S has 4-wheel drive. I don't think I will sell my house to buy one though.
post #436 of 437
SUVs are causing the raise of gas prices or polution. The cause are the Trucks, School buses, and the War in Iraq
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Originally Posted by ctown
SUVs are causing the raise of gas prices or polution. The cause are the Trucks, School buses, and the War in Iraq
EDIT: WTF does that mean?
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