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post #91 of 144

My last two cars were Foresters and I'd get another for sure if I could afford it. Cars are expensive here. Right now, the Legacy diesel is cheaper in Italy than the Forester, guess 'cause they're discontinuing the wagon next year, so I'm thinking about getting one of those. How does the Legacy backseat compare to the new Forester? The second row on the old one was pretty tight.

post #92 of 144
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My last two cars were Foresters and I'd get another for sure if I could afford it. Cars are expensive here. Right now, the Legacy diesel is cheaper in Italy than the Forester, guess 'cause they're discontinuing the wagon next year, so I'm thinking about getting one of those. How does the Legacy backseat compare to the new Forester? The second row on the old one was pretty tight.


The 09 Forester's rear seats are significantly better than the 05-09 LEg/Outback. 

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Funny, Finn, you're his friend and even you didn't listen.......

 

 

Trish, for shame!  re-read my original post- "OK, I know you aren't interested but for others posting"

 

Come on now!

 

post #94 of 144

 

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The new Outback is huuuge. Too big for my taste. I will look at a used Subie if I get another Subaru.  

 

Looks big but read the stats. no longer, 2.5" wider and 4" taller. Yes, larger but wait to see and drive one. Better trani, although I didn't see the stats, its supposed to get better MPG (most likely HWY).

 

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. I think, for as much as I am in Vermont, I could get away with the FWD if I put on 4 snows.

 

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I think you should just go for it. You know you want to.

 

The FWD will be fine in the snow unless you have some crazy access road that you NEED to be able to get up for first tracks on a regular basis. One of my friends traded his V8 Touareg for one and claims 50+ MPG on his drive from CT.


A decent set of chains or cables will get you through just about anything a 4X4 without chains can get through assuming ground clearance isn't an issue.  I wouldn't hesitate to go anywhere public access with a set of chains on board should things get sketchy.  Get what you want to have 95 % of the time and add a $75.00  set of chains to take on trips.

post #96 of 144
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If it is THAT bad, we climb in with the in-laws and take their Forester w/ studded Hakkalpedas. 

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If it is THAT bad, we climb in with the in-laws and take their Forester w/ studded Hakkalpedas. 


What if it pukes AFTER you get there? I guess you could sleep in the car.

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What if it pukes AFTER you get there? I guess you could sleep in the car.


And we will be ready for the next AM .

 

Seriously, we could take main roads back or stay at a friends house in Ludlow and get first tracks the next AM .  

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I think you should just go for it. You know you want to.

 

The FWD will be fine in the snow unless you have some crazy access road that you NEED to be able to get up for first tracks on a regular basis. One of my friends traded his V8 Touareg for one and claims 50+ MPG on his drive from CT.


I agree with epic....go for the VW.  You know you want it!

 

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Trish, for shame!  re-read my original post- "OK, I know you aren't interested but for others posting"

 

Come on now!

 


But busting your chops is soooo much fun!

 

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The new Outback is huuuge. Too big for my taste. I will look at a used Subie if I get another Subaru.  

Are we talking about size by a man's measuring stick or a woman's? 

I'm not so sure that its THAT much bigger. 

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I agree with epic....go for the VW.  You know you want it!

 


But busting your chops is soooo much fun!

 

Are we talking about size by a man's measuring stick or a woman's? 

I'm not so sure that its THAT much bigger. 

You're kidding, right?  It's HUGE!!!

post #101 of 144
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(1) I agree with epic....go for the VW.  You know you want it!

 

 

 

(2) Are we talking about size by a man's measuring stick or a woman's? 

I'm not so sure that its THAT much bigger. 

(1) Could be said to you regarding the Trek Fuel

 

(2) Compared to your Yukon 3XL, no, neither are that big. 

post #102 of 144

Sounds like you already know what you want.  We have the TDI Jetta wagon here in Canada, but I wish I could buy the "Sportswagen" with the 2.0t.  This engine is amazing, but my only options are to get a GTI or a Tiguan.  It's interesting that a VW GTI 4-door with DSG and a Tiguan (base) with Tiptronic and 4-motion are the same price ~ $33,000 CDN.  I've driven a TDI golf for two years, I suggest you test drive the TDI, it's a bit of a slug. 

post #103 of 144

get what im going to get.  2005-2007 wrx sti with the ski port :D

post #104 of 144
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get what im going to get.  2005-2007 wrx sti with the ski port :D


I would actually choose a Saabaru 9.2X Aero over the WRX, better looking and you can get a factory roof. But, it is just a bit too small for our trip car. 

post #105 of 144

i dont normally have more then 3 in the car, so it usually works just fine :D

 

plus i get there not only quickly, but in true subaru mountain style :D

post #106 of 144
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 less than 2 months to go and I am no closer than I was a year ago. 
post #107 of 144
I've been looking at 2006-2007 BMW 5 series AWD Wagons. Low mileage cost about the same as a new Subie.
post #108 of 144
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I've been looking at 2006-2007 BMW 5 series AWD Wagons. Low mileage cost about the same as a new Subie.


 Not into a car that big but a Volvo V50 AWD might be an option. I really would like a stick though. 
post #109 of 144
List of true ski car options, like:

boot heaters or a beer cooler, expresso maker, helmet rack.
post #110 of 144
Some hate the looks but the Toyota Venza in AWD has a lot of room and decent mileage for the size. The new Subaru's are nice, my dad just got a new Forester. I like the Outback but no dealer in my area. The Outback (and to a lesser extent the Forester) is now big enough and SUV enough that I don't see how you wouldn't compare/consider other non-truck based SUV's/crossovers - and there's a lot of them. RAV4's, CR-V, Hyundai Tucson (nice 180 hp or so 4 with 6 speed auto), Equinox etc. 

I'm even thinking of a lightly used Lincoln MKX as they are great value used (not good value new) and can get an 08 with low mileage for relative peanuts and has all the bells and whistles including heated rear seats.
post #111 of 144
VW TDI is the best kept secret out there- for climbing mountain passes with power, as well as saving gas.
post #112 of 144
But if I could have any car for the mountains, it would be the Nissan GT-R.
post #113 of 144
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VW TDI is the best kept secret out there- for climbing mountain passes with power, as well as saving gas.


 It is still my top choice but am having trouble with the big payment. It is between the TDI and an Impreza 5dr Prem SE. 
post #114 of 144
 You should post a poll!
post #115 of 144
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Not having a Miata any more, I don't have a fun car. In driving the Jetta wagon (6 speed)  through some twisties, it was fun. I don't think the new Outback will be as fun. I would have preferred Subaru keeping the Legacy GT wagon. I would plan on running snows on the Jetta and probably the OB too. 

You gave up on your Miata..

YOU CAN"T BE SERIOUS!  BOO!!

The only other serious option then is a AWD Honda Element with ugly steel wheels and snows from Tire Rack for Nov-Apr, summer tires w/light weight wheels for the rest of the year, stick shift, and remove/fold away rear seats..You can stiffen up with bigger sways/better shocks (less lean) but with sticky summer tires you will handle the twisties like a Bimmer and better than ANY Subie built except MAYBE the WRX Sti...
Also remember that in 4th gear at 110 mph Honda cuts off fuel flow (ask your mechanic how to get around this, as I haven't figured it out yet)..

You got rid of the Miata.....God will get you for that, trust me....C"MON MAN
post #116 of 144
Either the Element or the Subaru TRAX STI Snow Cat (proposed by Alpinord)

Seriously!
post #117 of 144
The Truth About Cars favored the new Accord Crosstour over the Venza.  Could be an interesting mix.
post #118 of 144
 Jane & I have been happy with the TDI sedan, got about 45 mpg on our run to Elk last week,  but then the Philly dump proved that it needs good snows, so back to the ancient Highlander (now with real noisy snows) for the next couple of weeks. And see my entry in the Sterling contest.
post #119 of 144
 Hmm, the Acura TSX sport wagon ought to be interesting, especially if it comes with a 6-spd and SH-AWD.  I'd trade in two cars on that!  Unfortunately, it doesn't arrive until next fall (2011 model) and specs aren't fully known yet.  But you can bet it will get good gas mileage, be relatively peppy, and have a great interior.
post #120 of 144
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 Jane & I have been happy with the TDI sedan, got about 45 mpg on our run to Elk last week,  but then the Philly dump proved that it needs good snows, so back to the ancient Highlander (now with real noisy snows) for the next couple of weeks. And see my entry in the Sterling contest.
Evan, this is priceless!

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 Early the next morning, Phil and I carpooled to his favorite snowy spot on earth, Blue Mountain, PA. "Phil,"I said, "you've got to try these boards." He handed me his Kastles and stepped into the Sterlings. Nine hours later, over a Yuengling, Phil exclaimed, "Who needs Jackson Hole? I had forgotten how wonderful this place is! This was the best ski day of my life!"

 
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