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Old 06-15-2007, 09:15 PM   #1
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OT : What do you drive? UPDATED
Looks like my DH and I may be car shopping this weekend so thought I would see what ya'all like to drive or don't like to drive for that matter.

We are looking for something with a roof rack to carry kayaks, manual transmission, 4 doors, and plenty of room for 2 dogs and kids to come in a few years. He is leaning towards the Subaru Forrester and I am leaning towards the Outback. I don't like the options package on the Forrester, seats are uncomfy, and NO leg room in back. LOVE the Outback.

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P.S. would it be rude to take my knitting car shopping? Had to unravel an entire bag last night and it is a gift that needs to get on its way.

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Old 06-15-2007, 09:19 PM   #2
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Nah it wouldn't be rude. Take it with you.

I drive a big rig for a living so when I am off work I "drive" a recumbent bicycle. I don't own a car.

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Old 06-15-2007, 09:21 PM   #3
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We have a 2005 Chevy Suburban and I love it. We bought it knowing that we would drive it across country with 3 kids, a 75 lb dog and my cat and it was perfect for us.

And no, I do not think it would be rude to take knitting car shopping!
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Old 06-15-2007, 09:43 PM   #4
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as soon as I read kayak, stickshift, dogs, 4 doors, I thought Subaru! we used to have a '98 Impreza Outback as a daily driver when CV had his turbo SLC. we loved the wagon! we sold it because after CV got the S4, we didn't need 3 cars.

we have an '01 Audi S4 and an '04 VW R32. both 6 speed, both AWD.

good luck with your car search. it's perfectly fine to take your knitting with you. you are the customer and these guys make a lot of money off you when you buy the car. be yourself, is knitting is you, then knit. :D

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Old 06-15-2007, 09:47 PM   #5
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I had an Outback for a couple of years that I really loved. Unfortunately we had to sell it to get a wheelchair accessible mini van, but I still miss it.
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Old 06-15-2007, 09:53 PM   #6
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toyota Prius... love it!! roomy headroom, legroom but not for kayacks but plenty room for gas mileage awesome i had an Altima before & loved it...............
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Old 06-15-2007, 09:57 PM   #7
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I drive a 2000 Ford F-150 pickup. Hubby drives a Honda Element. We (hubby, 2 kids and I) took the Element cross country from FL to the Grand Canyon, 3500 miles round trip. Once you get past the weird looks of an Element, the interior is incredibly roomy and very functional for trips. In fact, if I ever got rid of my truck, I'd really consider getting an Element of my own.

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Subaru forresters have a anti-rollback feature, makes Getting into first on a hill easier
but the trani is easier than the one I have in my Honda Civic
I would get the Outback wagon, for the extra Ground clearance, and the rack, and inside storage space
the Forrester is a smaller car, closer to the ground, really a city to suburban vehicle, not a real working car IMHO

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Old 06-15-2007, 10:16 PM   #9
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Silver - I myself drive an F-150 (I'm on my second one in fact) so car shopping is of no interest to me. I had a little car, got T boned and bought a truck. I love my truck b/c it goes anywhere and holds everything. My DH mentioned the Element and I said - You're joking right? Guess I'll add that to the test drive list tomorrow....

According to my husband ground clearance on the 2 subaru's is the same - the difference is visual. I complained about the lack of backseat leg room and according to vehicle specks the difference is less than 1/2" !! He did love the rollback feature and both come with roof racks, Forrester has more options packages (that I don't give a hoot about) ... I think I'm going to lose this battle tomorrow.
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Old 06-15-2007, 10:20 PM   #10
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WE love it
Two months ago we bought a brand new SUV a Mercury "Mountaineer". It's fully loaded and we both love it. My dh is six feet four inches tall and I need leg room also. This fits our needs perfectly. So glad we got it. We passed our previous vehicle on to our dd.
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