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bfinley
05-24-2007, 10:09 AM
I'm looking for a new or slightly used car for my wife. Here are the requirements:

1. 3rd Row Seat (Seating for 7)
2. 4WD
3. Decent gas mileage
4. Not a minivan

I'm looking to spend around 20K, maybe 25K max.

She likes the Subaru Tribeca and the Volvo SUV. I know there are a lot of car guys on there - anyone have any good suggestions.

sanjuan23
05-24-2007, 10:12 AM
Seems like quite a few requirements for 25k. I have not seen what the resale looks like on the Volvo or the Tribeca. But for that kind of money given it's not the most fuel efficient vehicle a Tahoe or Yukon would fit the bill most likely and for the money you are talking I think one could be easily located.

T Scott
05-24-2007, 10:17 AM
car for the wife= Sounds like a good trade!:D

Sorry, I couldn't resist!

Upper Michigan Prostar190
05-24-2007, 10:19 AM
car for the wife= Sounds like a good trade!:D

Sorry, I couldn't resist!
Oooo!! Badum-tish! :D (I was thinking the same thing)

BrianM
05-24-2007, 10:21 AM
If she likes the Subaru Tribeca I would go that way. Some people like the looks and some hate it. I am neutral on the looks outside but love the interior. They did substantially change the front end for '08. Can't go wrong with the Subaru AWD and the H6 engine. Both are proven extremely reliable. Added bonus is 5 star all around safety and the Subaru should come in at less dollars and as much or more goodies than the Volvo.

My wife and I love our '05 Outback and although I am usually a car trader I plan to keep this one to at least 150k miles.

Willski
05-24-2007, 10:24 AM
You might be able to find a used Honda Pilot for that range. We just bought one last fall. Not the greatest mileage, although I got 20 on my last trip. Wife only gets 15/16 around town. I don't know if that is common because the ratings are 17 city/22 hwy. Other than the mileage, we really like it.

Tim205
05-24-2007, 10:51 AM
I have a pilot also, and I like driving it much better than my Yukon Denali. Twice the mileage, quiet, smooh, reliable, seats 8, and you can tow in a pinch.

east tx skier
05-24-2007, 10:56 AM
You might be able to find a used Honda Pilot for that range. We just bought one last fall. Not the greatest mileage, although I got 20 on my last trip. Wife only gets 15/16 around town. I don't know if that is common because the ratings are 17 city/22 hwy. Other than the mileage, we really like it.

That's what I was thinking. Drove very nice. Glad they finally came out with a 2WD version of it.

Leroy
05-24-2007, 11:08 AM
Pilot would be my vote also. Drove one to Memphis last year and really liked driving it. Tribeca looks nice also. Looks similar outside to Pilot.

For those looks like used, I believe both start at over 30k new.

BrianM
05-24-2007, 11:17 AM
Subaru is running a $2750 rebate plus 1.9% financing on '07 Tribecas. But as Leroy says even with the rebate the Subie is going to run right at $30k new for the SE model. Limited is going to go up from there.

The Subaru is going to ride and drive a lot more carlike than a Pilot. Don't know if that is good or bad in your situation.

Maristar210
05-24-2007, 11:30 AM
I could not get a car for MY wife, no way.....

yzwiley
05-24-2007, 11:36 AM
GMC Acadia

bfinley
05-24-2007, 02:54 PM
Thanks for the feedback, good information. I'll have to check out the Honda.

uawaterskier
05-24-2007, 10:37 PM
do they make 4x4 minivans?

LakePirate
05-24-2007, 10:43 PM
If you want to look used, I got the wife an X5 back in January, she loves it and I enjoy driving it around town on occasion. With the 4.4 I wouldn't be able to afford it as a daily driver - read tickets-

Not that it helps you a lot but the 08s have 3rd row seating.

Willski
05-24-2007, 10:46 PM
GMC Acadia

I also like the Acadia. Great styling. I didn't realize until I just looked it up that it had the 3rd row. Would have been on the list to drive when we bought the pilot, except it wasn't out yet.

JDK
05-25-2007, 02:04 AM
Another Pilot vote (I've got one).
One of the more powerful suv's out there, a lot more interior room than you'd ever expect, seats 8 in a pinch (tons of legroom in the middle row). Very comfortable on the road.
The only thing I'd do differently next time is get an MDX, and since it sounds like you're looking used, you may find a good deal on an MDX because Pilots seem to depreciate less than the Acura (and almost every other vehicle on the road).

bucky
05-25-2007, 02:20 AM
I must be crazy, but our Honda minivan was one of the best things we ever got. Load a ton of junk, stretch out in back, watch a little television, and drink, all while the wife drives. Gets 25 mpg.
But yeah, it looks like a minivan.

The Toyota has an AWD option.
do they make 4x4 minivans?

Workin' 4 Toys
05-25-2007, 09:53 AM
I also like the Acadia.
This would probably be a good option. Except its not a car.
Edit.......(Just saw the 3rd row seating requirement)....Stick with the Subi....

east tx skier
05-25-2007, 11:09 AM
I must be crazy, but our Honda minivan was one of the best things we ever got. Load a ton of junk, stretch out in back, watch a little television, and drink, all while the wife drives. Gets 25 mpg.
But yeah, it looks like a minivan.

The Toyota has an AWD option.

A good friend of mine whose wife just had twins (in addition to the one they had already) just bought the Honda Odyssey minivan. It's pretty nice. He calls it "The Future" (as in "the doors open automatically in the Future").

PendO
05-25-2007, 11:15 AM
I like the Volvo wagon/suv combos ... but after two wrecks I will keep my wife/family in the gas guzzler tank/suburban

Workin' 4 Toys
05-25-2007, 11:48 AM
(as in "the doors open automatically in the Future").
I'd call it the lazy man's door.......8p

Datdude
05-25-2007, 02:07 PM
I want to drive around in a minivan with both side doors open like a helicopter......that would be sweet!:cool:

Bruce
05-25-2007, 02:35 PM
No question it is the Honda Pilot. We bought wifes first year they came out. Has 88,000 miles now and not one problem. Gets 19 around town(town being suburban). Brian is mistaken about it not riding like a car. It is built on a car chasis! That in one of their adv. features. It is a sweet ride.