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Grant
PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 7:53 pm  Reply with quote
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I might have to get me one of these...

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dmarquis
PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2006 12:11 pm  Reply with quote
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They are pretty cool. I saw a bunch of them puttin around in Canada.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2006 8:42 pm  Reply with quote
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These are the famed Smart Cars that folks have posted about before. They are stunning.
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dmarquis
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Well it is nice to see something different on the market. I am currently looking for a family car and the selection is either an SUV :-( or a Minivan :-(. What happened to the old fanishioned grocery getter?

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Matty
PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 10:10 am  Reply with quote
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dmarquis wrote:
What happened to the old fanishioned grocery getter?


They are called station wagaons.

VW Passat wagon
Vw Jetta wagon
Audi A3
Audi A4 wagon
Audi A6 wagon
Subaru Legecy wagon
Subaru Impreza wagon
Subaru Forrester
Mazda 6
PT Cruiser
Ford Focus Wagon
Volvos
and others.
It's the automakers who make you think you must have a suv or minivan.

I even know one guy with 2 kids that uses a VW Golf, amazing but true.

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Absofreekinlutely, station wagons.

A couple of people at work (including my little brother) have Subara wagons that were purchased as replacements for SUVs or mini-vans and to a person, they love them.

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dmarquis
PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 12:11 pm  Reply with quote
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well I really wouldn't call them true station wagons. I am looking for something like the old Chevy grocery getters from the early 80's that could easily seat 7.... I guess they have good the way of the Dinosuars. Man those things could haul a bunch of crap!

I am looking to carry 2 kids in car seats, wifey, and maybe 2 more people on occasion (sp)...


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1993-1996 Buick Roadmaster and Chevy Caprice wagons are a good bet.
I know that the Buicks used the LT-1 350 'Vette motor in them, and they're bullet proof. A fellow hearse owner has over 370,000 miles on his '93 S&S Buick hearse, which uses the same drivetrain. Gas mileage is even in the lower to mid-twenties. YMMV.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 10:43 pm  Reply with quote
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Don't forget the Toyota Matrix. We just picked one up a few months ago an love it. Just unloaded from our first out of town trip and the 4WD model gave us 27 mpg or better with the AC on all the way..

We have the britax infant seat mounted in the center and all 6' 5" of me fits just fine.
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Brad
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Matty wrote:
dmarquis wrote:
What happened to the old fanishioned grocery getter?


They are called station wagaons.

VW Passat wagon
Vw Jetta wagon
Audi A3
Audi A4 wagon
Audi A6 wagon
Subaru Legecy wagon
Subaru Impreza wagon
Subaru Forrester
Mazda 6
PT Cruiser
Ford Focus Wagon
Volvos
and others.
It's the automakers who make you think you must have a suv or minivan.

I even know one guy with 2 kids that uses a VW Golf, amazing but true.


Hatchback, Station Wagon, 5-door. All work well. We always took my little Mazda 323 hatchback on the road when the kids were little - plenty of room and 35 mpg to boot.

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nate
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Seriously, though- by the time you put two car seats into a volvo wagon, you really don't have that much more passenger space than you do in a golf. sure you can fit more groceries in back, but not really THAT many more (unless you start stacking your bags 3 levels high, but most people tend to put groceries as a single level item.)

Hatchbacks and wagons are good for the occasional bulk transport- bikes, furniture, etc, but not as good for passengers. The fact that we don't put in the folding jump seats in the storage area kind of limits it.

The forester is a 1 passenger vehicle once you put the car seats in the back- meaning I have as much space for passengers as I do on the scooters. Booooo.

It's not that SUVs are the answer- they tend to only have two rows of seating too. The dedidedly uncool answer is... minivans. Minivans are the grocery getters of now. Uncool sure- but the roadmaster wagons weren't exactly hip at the time. Dodge caravans will have so much retro ironic hipster cred in 20 years it's almost difficult to comprehend.
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