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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hello everyone -

After lurking for a while, I've finally gotten around to registering for EpicSki...I was motivated by my decision to purchase a new car.

I'm looking for help/opinions for a new (to me, anyway, preferably used) car that would be good for skiing (good snow handling as well as inside ski room ) I'm currently looking for a car under $10,000, 50,000 miles and ideally manual transmission and v4 (gas mileage).4WD is always a plus.

Anyone care to share their favorite ski-car?

Thanks in advance,
post #2 of 16
Subie's and Audi's
post #3 of 16
That is going to be a tough to accomplish but I would definitely recommend a Subie or Audi as well. Either way though you are going to probably have to bump up your price range or mileage above 50,000 with in that price range.

On a side note your probably not going to find any V4's but you will find Inline 4's and Horizontally Opposed(Boxer) 4's.
post #4 of 16
post #5 of 16


Toyota Matrix. Lots of room, great on gas (I average around 34, mostly backroads, some high way and city), reliable as hell and I bough a brand new one (late in 2006, 07 model year) for 15k, so you should be able to find a used one with your price/mileage requirements. They do come in an AWD version too, but the mileage suffers slightly.

Did I mention lots of room? I bought a dresser/hutch type thing tonight and slid it right in. I've had two bikes in the back, infinite pairs of skis (longer than 178 and you have to go semi-diagonal). The full fold flat back seats are genius. I'm constantly amazed at how much cargo this thing can swallow.

With a good set of snows, its a pretty good little snow car, but at the risk of sounding like a know it all ass, I'm a bit better at snow driving than most, especially in a front wheel drive car, so my opinion may not be that accurate. I've heard from other Matrix owners (actually Vibe, see below) that they weren't as happy in snow, but this same person when asked if they had snow tires responded "yeah I've got the all seasons it came with". After that I just shook my head and took what they had to say with a grain of salt.

A Pontiac Vibe is a great way to save some money when buying used. Mechanically they are the same design, but built in different factories. there is some debate about how this affects reliability/performance, but I've heard that statistically the Vibe is the most reliable Pontiac. They share similar interiors, bu slightly different exterior styling. The place where they differ greatly is resale value. The Toyota holds its value muuuch better than the Pontiac, so if buying used the Pontiac is a good way to go.

The only negatives (IMHO), the factory tires suck, but at 50k, they should have been replaced by now and the motor is a hair wimpy. Its not a speed machine by any stretch of the imagination (unless its an XRS model, then its screaming fast), but still a very fun car to drive and even more fun to own.
post #6 of 16
IMO, it doesn't matter what you drive as long as you can afford the cost of the gas, 4 good snow tires, and if there's not room inside your vehicle, a sport or ski rack for the roof.
post #7 of 16
Subie Impreza with a rack.
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice everyone I'll take a look into all of this.

post #9 of 16
Does it have to be a car? Tacoma would work well.

Otherwise Subie and a second for the Matrix.
post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
Ah yeah, I should have been less specific. I'm game for pretty much any class of vehicle other than a minivan (too many seats/cupholders for me) Ideally I'd get a wagon or a mini SUV (rav4/cr-v etc).
post #11 of 16
4Runner might be good too then.
post #12 of 16
I found a '98 Subaru Legacy Wagon in my local paper with only 56k miles on it and then added snow tires ($250). The car is manual, AWD, gets 27mpg, and only cost me $5300. I think the kbb excellent value was around $6k. I had to put a little bit of work in it to pass inspection, to bring the total cost to something like $5800. I've been quite happy with it so far. There were a lot of similar deals out there for 97-2000 Subarus with low mileage, so I think what you're asking for is quite reasonable.
post #13 of 16
Originally Posted by skierhj View Post
Subie's and Audi's
If budget is an issue, I'd recommend the Subaru over the Audi. The maintenance on the Audi is definitely going to be more expensive. I'm not saying that the Audi will break more, that's a whole different argument that I don't feel like getting into. But when they do break, parts (and labor if you don't do your own maintenance) are going to be quite a bit more expensive on the Audi.
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks to everyone for your advice. I decided to go for the RAV4 (AWD and ESC being a major plus) (getting an 06 in very good condition from family for a very decent price so thats the main factor). Had I not gotten the Rav4 I probably would have gone with a Matrix or Subie Wagon.

Thanks again!

post #15 of 16
Nice. The Rav4's a great compact SUV. Any vehicle that can be both a Consumer Reports top pick and a Car & Driver top pick (2 publications that have *very* different priorities) is a pretty solid bet.
post #16 of 16
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