What type of vehicle do you prefer?

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What type of vehicle do you prefer?
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Sun, 01-18-2004 - 7:55pm

I am going to get a good used car soon. I am trying to figure out what I want to get. I know I do not want a sedan and I want something with space. I have two kids-one in a carseat and two large male lab mixes that need to go to the vet. We use to take the carseats out and hire a babysitter to take them to the vet.


I am thinking about a minivan but several people have told me that I don't look like a minivan person. I don't really know how to take that. It is like when I tell people I cross stitch and they say they never would have guessed that about me. Do I look like a stripper or something?


I am also considering a wagon or a SUV. I have looked at CarMax and they have some good deals on Volvo station wagons and Volkswagon Jettas. I am going to drive the car as long as possible so I am not really worried about resale value. I just want something dependable that won't need a lot of repair. I live in a small town and I drive perhaps 5 miles a day. I want to travel more, though.

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Sun, 01-18-2004 - 8:10pm
As far as Jettas and Volkswagens, I have no personal experience but a good friend had a Jetta an was not happy with it. Personally, I love Hondas as they are very dependable.

Check out Consumer Reports to see how they rate the car you are interested in. They usually include a rating on the car's reliability. In addition, I have a friend who told me about a service ( Car Critic?) where they provide a written evaluation of the used car for you for a fee.

Good luck.

Michelle

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Registered: 07-02-2003
Sun, 01-18-2004 - 9:03pm
Hmmm, I wonder what a driver of a minivan *looks* like? LOL. We got a minivan when our kids were babies - they are both now in booster seats. Our van was stolen recently, but we both definately want to replace it with another. It was great for space - you can't beat it. The back seat can fold down so you can put your dogs crates in easily. To me, its not about how you look driving it, it's about what you need. Sounds to me like a mini van would serve you very well, but that's JMO.
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Sun, 01-18-2004 - 9:04pm
I have a minivan. I always swore I would never "have one of those!" You couldn't give me one. But when it came time to choose a vehicle 5 years ago, I decided it was the car I needed. We have a 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport. I LOVE IT! I like the fact that I can get 6 kids in the car with me if necessary, and lately, that's fairly often. I like that we can take out the back seat and have TONS of room to pack things if we're traveling. They come in handly when we're travelling with the boys and my folks or any other adults. It's very easy to get in and out of. The Sport model has a heavy duty transmission, has extra insulation in the doors, has wider sport wheels and has a sport suspension. It drives like a dream.

I've known two other women who have recently gone from a sedan to a minivan. One bought the Honda Odessy which is a great vehicle, the other bought a Toyota Siena which is also great. They never thought they'd have minivans, but now that they have them, they love them.

I can tell you that in a few years when my minivan is getting older and the kids are getting older I'll probably get an SUV. Not a monster SUV like a Navigator or an Excursion, but a smaller 4-5 seater. I like sitting higher up like I do in my minivan.

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Sun, 01-18-2004 - 9:24pm
My last 3 vehicles have been SUVs, and I can't imagine myself ever wanting anything else. DH and I talked about getting a minivan once we have another child, but he drove one recently and hated it. However, I have several friends with minivans and they love them.

DH has a Jetta that he bought when it was 1 year old, and he's crazy about it.

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Sun, 01-18-2004 - 9:40pm
Hey Kristi--I love my minivan! It hauls my whole family in comfort (both parents, DH, kiddo, and sister) and my beagle loves having his own seat on trips to the vet. I also love how much stuff I can haul, esp. when I remove the seats. The dual power-sliding doors are awesome, esp. when my arms are full (and when aren't they, w/a toddler)! I love everything about it (except the gas milage, and that's my own fault for getting a big engine)!

GL! Hugs, C

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Sun, 01-18-2004 - 10:27pm

ROFL...I had to go get the glass cleaner and clean my monitor after snorting tea all over it after the "Do I look like a stripper or something?" comment.

Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14

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Sun, 01-18-2004 - 10:32pm

You are actually the ONLY person I have ever talked to who liked their 1999 Dodge Caravan or Plymouth Voyager (same vehicles).

Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14

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Sun, 01-18-2004 - 10:40pm
I LOVED my 1998 Dodge Caravan. It was stolen recently and I want another one. We never had an ounce of trouble with it and nothing but great service from the dealership. You just got a lemon - there's a couple of lemons with every make of vehicle. Luck of the draw I guess.
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Sun, 01-18-2004 - 10:55pm
Actually, everyone I have met or talked to with those models from 1999 had either transmission or engine trouble.

Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14

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Sun, 01-18-2004 - 10:56pm

This is very much a personal decision.

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