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  22 responses   Small, red, heated seats

We're just starting our search for a car to replace my wife's 2003 VW Jetta GLS. She absolutely loves her current car and there aren't any major issues with it (a couple nuisance items), but we're planning to hand it down to our son when he turns 16 next year. The...
  4 responses   safe inexpensive car for teen driver

I'm looking for a dependable car for my 22 year old daughter who's been a safe driver for 4 years. I would like a car that she will be able to continue to use for another 6-8 years without too many large repairs.
  9 responses   fuel efficient, safe, sporty car for my wife

My wife will be needing a car for her new job where she will be providing healthcare to patients at their home. The car we're keeping is our 2013 Toyota Land cruiser to be used as our primary family hauler, grocery getter, and offroad adventure wagon. A goal of ours...
  13 responses   Fun, fast (ish), AWD car to satisfy the frustrated racer in me (that still has to haul a family)


Looking for fun, sporty car that's:
1) AWD
2) Manual
3) has descent horsepower (above average), turbo is fine
4) I'd _like_ to get > 20 mpg
5) 4 door sedan, hatch, or wagon
6) good reliability

This is my "oh shit I'm almost 50 and have...
  8 responses   post-Volvo future?

We've been buying a new, bottom of the line Volvo station wagon with a manual transmission every ten years for three decades. Our 2007 V70 just had its first significant reliability-related repair. This is our one and only vehicle, so we're shopping for its replacement. We need something reliable, something...
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  7 responses   Wagon or small SUV

We're looking to replace my wife's car, a '14 BMW 320i. She loved this car, great handling and driving response, very good fuel economy, and for her, great styling and comfort. I was happy to get her out of SUV's (last 3 previous vehicles) and get her into a sedan,...
  9 responses   Sporty family wagon to replace TDI wagon

VW will be buying back my TDI wagon this fall. VW Wagon size fits our needs well with a skybox. Two kids easily fit in back seat and it is fun to drive and has a high quality interior for the price. I will have about $18k after...
  6 responses   Low maintenance, fuel efficient vehicle for my growing family

My family is growing from three to four in April and my Honda Civic has grown too small for our needs. I am looking for a used family vehicle that can serve us for the next four or five year. It must have room for two car seats...
  4 responses   mini van maybe

My sienna is totalled. I am hoping that they can unbend frame and not total it. However, I do not think that is possible. Rear ended at 30+mph.

My youngest is 16, out of 6 kids, but I still have older kids to take to college. If the older...
  3 responses   Does a car for my needs exist?

My Need (Most Important Stuff):
Backroad commuting through Chicago winters 100 miles per day, so something that can safely handle all weather conditions.
Longevity and reliability- Commute is almost 50 miles each way.
Fuel economy- Keeping the commute cost as low as possible.

My Wants (Not a Requirement But...
  4 responses   4Runner Search

I'm considering buying a used Toyota 4Runner. All of the reviews that I have read say that people are getting 240K to 300K out of them with normal maintenance. I'm just wondering if anyone here has had any kind of the same experience with them. I've been able to find...
  11 responses   Replacement for Nissan Maxima SE - sports sedan with a little bit of luxury without breaking the bank

I love my 2002 Maxima SE - great drive (handling, speed, pickup) sporty, luxurious, roomy, comfortable. Multi-purpose for family and business. What's a good option something similar to this?
  9 responses   Wanted: a "Ralph Nader" car -- safe, sensible, reliable, efficient, green

Reject anything with poor or mediocre safety rating or mpg < 25.
Must seat at least 5, 7 preferred. Convertible cargo space preferred; we move furniture, bikes, and landscaping materials (dirt).
Looking for excellent reliability, prefer excellent mileage.
Current car is 2006 highlander hybrid w possibly bad inverter. Just...
  6 responses   Weekend city car, practical needs, but want something I can track occaisionally

I street park in a city, so smaller is better all else equal, and I'll live with dings
Not commuting, and I can fix stuff, so reliability isn't the top concern to me (but replacing a driveline while parallel parked is probably not happening, so some reliability matters)

  9 responses   To VW or not?

Let the debate begin. I am extremely pulled between purchasing a VW Jetta GLI or Honda Civic SI.

My big 2 needs for my car are (1) 4 door (2) 6 Speed

I would also like to keep it under 28K which leads me to the above 2...
  3 responses   civic reliability and mpg but in an SUV

I am thinking a rav4 or a cr-v. Are there any other SUVs that have better or similar reliability in old age?
  4 responses   Wagon, like the Freestar/TaurusX

Looking for a replacement for my Town and Country. Don't want a minivan, but would like second-row captain chairs if possible. Leather a must. Considering the Freeestyle/Taurus X anyway. Looking at big dog hauling in addition to teenage kids and cross-country trips. Absolutely going used, not new.
  20 responses   Sporty Coupe that will not break the bank

I'm attracted to the 2010-2011 Nissan ALTIMA COUPE, 2.5 litre, I would also consider the 3.5 litre, more fun but I hear its a bit thirsty. I really like the styling of the Altima Coupe and it seems to get a very good reliability report from car mags and websites....
  11 responses   Hot Hatch with a Lux touch

I'm moving to California and looking at some hot hatch options. I currently drive the 2013 Jetta Hybrid and am happy with the performance and fuel economy, but the battery really hampers trunch space so I am now looking for hatch back options.

Currently I have my eyes on...
  15 responses   half empty nest car

We are approaching our 60's. Our boys left the house and left a 60 lbs Springer Spaniel behind. Our yearly milage dropped from 20K to about 12K thanks to the lack of soccer and boyscout activities. I imagine we will now fly more and rent but still do day trips...
  4 responses   High MPG SUV

My current car is an AWD 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid. Ideally, I would like a plug-in version of this car.
  10 responses   Keep the Protege5, get an RX-8, or neither?
Ten-Year Veteran

About five years ago I briefly considered getting a Honda S2000, then a Mazda RX-8. My father then bought one of the latter. We figured that once he tired of it, I'd take it off his hands.

It took much longer than he expected, but he has now tired...

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