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post #121 of 144
 Phil, if you haven't seen it already, take a look at the March issue of Car and Driver, where there is a long term test of a Jetta TDI sedan.  They seemed to like it overall, but there were complaints about throttle response around town with the DSG option, interior rattles, and the big one -- poor heat in cold temperatures.  That's a generic VW diesel problem; the reviewers said any temps below 40F were enough to make the car an icebox for 20 minutes or more, even with seat heaters on.  That does remind me of experiences with another VW diesel many years ago -- we'd often get to our destination before the thing began to generate heat.
post #122 of 144
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 I am not interested in the Crosstour or Venza, too big and too much $$, if I was going to go that way, I would get the new OB, at least that comes in a stick. The TSX will be sweet and I am sure they will sell 8 of them, it will be a great used car choice in a couple of years. 

Evan, 4 snows will be a must, as much for the snow, but a better compound for colder temps. 

I am sorry, but the Miata has been gone for 4 years at this point. 
post #123 of 144
how about this?

i have not seen one on the road yet, but it's getting good reviews.  strong warranty.

http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/Hyundai_Tucson/
post #124 of 144
Thread Starter 
 Stelmar,

I really don't want another SUV, if I did, I would stay with my tried and true Subaru, IMHO best AWD system out there (at least for the $$). 
post #125 of 144
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  A box is always an option too. 

With smaller cars and smaller engines, a box sometimes has a large negative effect on fuel mileage. It didn't change the 8mpg on my old Suburban (a Suburban??? Why did you need a box on a Suburban?? Um, so I could sleep in it.) at all, but my Toyota Tercel wagon dropped from 35mpg to 28mpg. Top speed in a head wind was not so good, either.
post #126 of 144
 HEY PHIL PUG

 (btw i drive a 2006 4 cyl manual outback)

ok........a SKI CAR is what you're asking for, right?

not a ski truck
not a ski suv
not a ski cuv
not a ski crossover?

or do crossovers count as cars?

i'm guessing you want looks, fuel efficiency, comfort and good driving dynamics?

how much do you have to spend?

one car that we don't have over here yet (may never get it, but then again we may) is the 4 cyl 2.0 diesel 3 series bmw (wagon awd)

the car's going to carry a price tag in the mid - high 40k's probably (if it ever gets over here), but with the bmw 'efficient dynamics' system, it's going to be as fuel efficient as a prius, but with oh so much more punch & grunt & function & style & driving excitement & everything else

ya, there's the issue of diesel fuel being 20% or so more expensive than regular gasoline, but still ----  the b'mer is going to save a few bucks, and be VERY GREEN

check it out
http://www.bmw.com/com/en/newvehicles/3series/touring/2008/allfacts/engine/xdrive.html
post #127 of 144
Phil, just bumping this thread.
Next week we're taking delivery of a Honda CR-V. 2007 model, 23k miles, with all the toys. (Voice activated satnav, bluetooth, memory card reader, reversing camera, etc)
...but before anyone panics, no, it's not replacing the Alfa.


The BMW is interesting. The ED stuff works... to a point, but doesn't quite deliver as promised. As for it's AWD capabilities, I'll try to find a site showing where TopGear tried to drive one across a flat field and it couldn't make it.
post #128 of 144
Hey Phil.. Congrats again on the new ride  What did you decide about the custom plate?   Forgive me if I missed it earlier in the thread.

post #129 of 144
2010 WRX.JPGPhilpug....

I just got my new ski car......
you're next!!!
post #130 of 144
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2010 WRX.JPGPhilpug....

I just got my new ski car......
you're next!!!
 
I thought you just got an WRX? Did yo put the STi badge on? I can't tell, is it the 5dr or the sedan? I am assume 5 dr. 

 
post #131 of 144
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I thought you just got an WRX? Did yo put the STi badge on? I can't tell, is it the 5dr or the sedan? I am assume 5 dr. 

 

Philpug....yes '10 WRX 5 door with the optional sport mesh grill (SPT)
post #132 of 144
Philpug got rid of his Miata....boo!

I had a blue 2nd year WRX wagon, and found the best thing about it was that you could sleep in it in a pinch...
It handled like a mid-size sedan, with some power >2500 rpm..
I went back to my supercharged Miata with snows and 200 lbs sand in the trunk, and skis sticking out of the retracted soft top..
BIG FUN!
post #133 of 144
 Love the WRX.  I had an 03 (bug eye model).  Very fun car.  I put a Prodrive exhaust on it, and the sound was amazing -- cross between a Harley and a V8.  The boxer H4 has a wonderful exhaust pattern.
post #134 of 144
Thread Starter 
 I very much considered a new Impreza 5dr...we just bought one for my son too. I just wanted a "real" wagon. 
post #135 of 144
End of the month......

What's Philpug driving???   
post #136 of 144
Thread Starter 
 Still a couple of hours left in the month. 
post #137 of 144
Thread Starter 
  
I broke down and got the TDi Sportwagen. Silver, graphite, Panny roof, 6 speed manny. Winter pkg (mats, flaps and trays), MDI for the iPod. 

MPG on he way to work was 36.8 and the car isn't even broken in.
post #138 of 144
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I broke down and got the TDi Sportwagen. Silver, graphite, Panny roof, 6 speed manny. Winter pkg (mats, flaps and trays), MDI for the iPod. 

MPG on he way to work was 36.8 and the car isn't even broken in.

Nice!

We will of course need some pix, at your convenience......

fyi....I'm getting 23ish, not broken in yet either 
post #139 of 144
Thread Starter 
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Nice!

We will of course need some pix, at your convenience......

fyi....I'm getting 23ish, not broken in yet either 


 23 isn't bad for a WRX..I was getting 22 in the Forester. One of the reasons it is going back. 
post #140 of 144
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 23 isn't bad for a WRX..I was getting 22 in the Forester. One of the reasons it is going back. 

21.5 here, 4 speed auto  That TDi is one sweet looking ride.  Congrats!
post #141 of 144
Torque (SAE net): 236 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm    

Gotta love the TDI
post #142 of 144
Write Audi and tell them to get off their duffs and send us the new A4 allroad with the 3.0Tdi!  I'll take one too!
post #143 of 144
Philpug....how are you enjoying life in your German oil burner?
post #144 of 144
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Philpug....how are you enjoying life in your German oil burner?


 Liking it so far. Drove about 300 miles and just went under 1/2 tank. 
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