What do you drive?

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What do you drive?
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Fri, 07-19-2013 - 11:52am

What do you like about it? What do you dislike about it?

I'm car shopping. Going from a minivan to midsized SUV. I've done so much internet research over the last few days that my head is swimming. I know what I liked driving but am curious about feedback from people who are driving/have lived with what I'm considering.  

I have to say that the Highlander and Pilot are already out of the running. Highlander felt cheap--the seats, the finishes--I drive a loaded Sienna now expected similar comfort from the similarly quipped Highlander. Yeah, no. It reminded me of my first car, and not in a good way. The Pilot is too boxy for my taste. So that leaves the '13 Mazda CX-9, '13 Nissan Pathfinder (CVT transmission issues give me pause, but it is pretty and plush) and the '14 Kia Sorento. That list is in reverse order of preference...

Also, since I'm prying about cars, are there any features you find to be a must-have? Anything you thought you may not need but now can't live without? That sort of thing. Like, I'd never go back to cloth upholstery or unheated seats after having a toasty bum for five years. But, after 10 years of a built in entertainment system in my vehicle--I'm giving that up. I'm actually looking forward to listening to music instead of hearing DVD dialogue...and I'll buy a portable DVD player for long trips.

Anyway, just curious about your experiences...

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Registered: 06-27-2013
Tue, 07-23-2013 - 10:12pm

Ah well, after walking out of a dealership on Saturday b/c we couldn't agree on the price of my trade, I did some research on the issue that had me wanting to sell my van. I had it fixed at the dealer for under $300 today. I also had new brakes put on and some other minor maintenance work done. So I'm going to drive it another 6 months - 2 years and then do this whole insane week all over again. And since Toyota corporate just sent me a rebate towards the purchase of a new vehicle for my trouble, I hope I like the all new '14 Highlander better than the '13... I am rather impressed that after 5.5 years and just <70k miles, I have a mere $300 repair bill.

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Registered: 07-08-2001
Tue, 07-23-2013 - 3:45pm

BeaArthurisMyReligion wrote:
<p>I drive a bright red 2004 Jeep liberty with just shy of 140,000 miles on it.   It's the best car I've ever had. I feel sturdy and safe and it does amazing in the snow - it was the first car I ever picked out and negotiated for by myself ...and I still get a rush when I see it in the parking lot-- it is so me-- rainbow pride beads hanging from the mirror, pride sticker, HRC sticker, Ogunquit and Provincetown stickers and a Holy cross Alumni sticker.. </p><p>the only things I wish I had were a sunroof and an ipod ready port but I manage ;-)  I'd love to think this will last long enough to give the girl in two years when she starts driving... I hate the thought of having a car payment again but someday I will and when I do It will be for another bright red Jeep Liberty </p>

i have an '02 Liberty that's only got 90K miles...guess you do a wee bit more driving than I do! I love mine as well. However I am not thrilled at all that they changed the style, and they have already retired the Liberty to go back to the old Cherokee, which is completely different.

I have driven the Ford Escape and really like it. Jeep Grand Cherokee is awesome. Those are the only two vehicles other than my own that I've driven in the last 10 years.

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Mon, 07-22-2013 - 8:02pm

<<We drive a lot. Being comfortable in our vehicles is important to us. >>

Same for us.

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Mon, 07-22-2013 - 7:53pm

I have a Honda minivan...and love it for the most part.  I will trade down when the kids go to college, I think.  I wouldn't buy a car without a radio system that allows outside devices.  

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 03-27-2013
Mon, 07-22-2013 - 5:10pm

I drive a Highlander and love it. I am the next in line for a new car so have a few ideas in mind (BMW the main one right now).

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Registered: 03-22-2013
Mon, 07-22-2013 - 10:10am

I've had my Kia for coming up on 2 years (in October) now.  It's got over 42K on it (I bought it at 135 miles).  Other than the owner maintenance schedule, oil changes and the like (and I'll be needing to buy tires for this coming winter), I've had no reason to take it to the shop.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 07-22-2013 - 10:05am

QueenbeeNotaWannabee wrote:
<p>Jambles, I drove the 2013 Highlander yesterday. The next model down from the Limited. I've test driven the Mazda CX-9, Kia Sorento, Nissan Pathfinder &amp; Highlander. Which means I can absolutely state that from an interior comfort perspective, the Toyota is simply not competitive with its peers. At all. My 2012 F150 offers a smoother ride. Seriously. The seat was not comfortable (my sciatica is acting up) at all--it reminded me of a low-end model bench seat. And the interior was so plastic-y. Honestly--the interior was what I expected in the Kia. And I was stunned by how much nicer the Kia was compared to the Highlander. STUNNED. I knew the newer Siennas weren't finished as nicely as mine (too much plastic in the interior) but I can't believe how cheap that car felt. Esp. compared to the others. And I've driven them all. Some of them, I've driven twice. My top choice would be the Pathfinder, but there is a known issue with the CVT transmission. I will buy one if they extend the transmission warranty to 120K mi AND offer me a guaranteed buy back if my car has the transmission problem. My dad had an '07 Altima and that year is also known for transmission issues. Nissan extended the transmission warranty to 120k mi. Dad never had an issue. My sister drives it now and she's also never had an issue with it. So not EVERY vehicle is affected, but enough are to give me pause about buying it. We'll see what the dealer says. Otherwise I'll likely go with the Kia. Their warranty is amazing--5 yrs/60k bumper to bumper, 10 yr/100k powertrain. Plus, I'd be getting a '14 instead of a '13. I liked the Mazda but the other two have panoramic sunroofs and outlets for electronics in the back, so they're beating the Mazda at the moment.</p><p>If I had three kids, I'd buy another minivan. But since we've aged out of strollers and primarily use the first two rows, I just don't need all that space anymore. I do want the ability to haul 7 people, but I just don't need the van anymore.</p>

Have you checked the reviews on Kia's for maintenance and breaking down?  My DH does work occassionally at a dealership (their building HVAC systems) and the one dealership owns a GMC, Kia and Hummer dealership and the owner was telling him that the KIA dealership losses the most money by far because of the amount of repairs they do on the cars, yes, they are covered by warrant a decent amount of the time, but the amount of times that the cars need to be in for service is a lot higher than any of the other dealerships they have.

Thanks for the info about the highlander also, that was one of my ones to test drive in the spring.  My DH has told me I need to keep it between a Honda and a Toyota this time around even though I'd much prefer a Chevy Equinox.  I had thought about the Highlander, Pilot or Element, there are good and bads of each one, but the highlander is the only one I haven't gotten around to test driving or anything yet.

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Sun, 07-21-2013 - 7:35pm

We have an '02 Chrysler Town and Country and an '99 Audi A4 that has over 250,000 miles on it.

Seating for 7 is our necessity right now. Eventually, I'd like a newer Audi, preferably the station wagon turbo model.

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Sat, 07-20-2013 - 8:12am

I drive a bright red 2004 Jeep liberty with just shy of 140,000 miles on it.   It's the best car I've ever had. I feel sturdy and safe and it does amazing in the snow - it was the first car I ever picked out and negotiated for by myself ...and I still get a rush when I see it in the parking lot-- it is so me-- rainbow pride beads hanging from the mirror, pride sticker, HRC sticker, Ogunquit and Provincetown stickers and a Holy cross Alumni sticker.. 

the only things I wish I had were a sunroof and an ipod ready port but I manage ;-)  I'd love to think this will last long enough to give the girl in two years when she starts driving... I hate the thought of having a car payment again but someday I will and when I do It will be for another bright red Jeep Liberty

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Registered: 09-01-2002
Sat, 07-20-2013 - 7:23am

jamblessedthree wrote:
<div><em>Do you think a minivan is better for 3 kids than an SUV?</em></div><div> </div><div>For me, Yes.  Is that feeling universal?  Absolutely not.  I have a few sets of friends with 3 and 4 kids that are very happy with SUVs. </div><div> </div><div>We were ready to replace my husband's sedan and were toying with the idea of a family car or another small car for him, I'm glad we chose the larger family mobile again.  I may go back to an SUV, I don't know, and Volvos are great cars but I missed all the room in a minivan. </div>

If you do go back to an SUV anytime soon, take a look at the Mitsubishi Outlander.  It's getting super reviews especially for mileage and safety (some collision avoidance and lane-departure warning system).  A third row seat mostly for kids/pets.  A concern is the 6 cylinder (requires premium gas) and limited # of Mitsubishi dealerships around.  Anyway, a thought!

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