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thijs
06-05-2008, 02:50 PM
We are going to be in the market for a slightly used wagon for my wife within the half year or so.

I am considering:

Volvo V70 or XC70
Subaru Legacy
Dodge magnum

Any experience with these? Fuel economy, reliabilty, repair/maintenance ease and cost?

flipper
06-05-2008, 02:53 PM
My dad has the Dodge and very happy with it. Looks nice too.

Willski
06-05-2008, 03:59 PM
You coulda had this one, but I guess Harold sold it a few years back.;)

thijs
06-05-2008, 04:02 PM
might be a little hard on fuel?

MIMC
06-05-2008, 04:05 PM
Cadillac SRX?

thijs
06-05-2008, 04:25 PM
Caddy heh???? browsing ebay

sk8salomon
06-05-2008, 05:00 PM
Audi makes a nice wagon too. I'm looking for the same types of vehicles right now.

thijs
06-05-2008, 05:31 PM
Caddy seems a bit big. Checking Audi's...

stuartmcnair
06-05-2008, 05:43 PM
We have had several Volvo's, including a wagon that a gave to my sister a few years ago. The one we have has the turbo so it doesn't feel like you are in a wagon. It drives far better than any others I have ever been in and currently has 180,000 miles on it.

It will still spin the tires when it shifts into second with your foot in it...

The maintenance on them is very exact but for that you can get a half million miles out of them without too much of a problem...

BrianM
06-05-2008, 06:57 PM
We are going to be in the market for a slightly used wagon for my wife within the half year or so.

I am considering:

Volvo V70 or XC70
Subaru Legacy
Dodge magnum

Any experience with these? Fuel economy, reliabilty, repair/maintenance ease and cost?

Of those I say Subaru. My wifes car is an '05 Outback 2.5i Limited. We have put 90k trouble free miles on it so far and plan to keep it another 90k. It is the first car my wife has ever owned that she really loves and says I will have to pry the steering wheel out of her hands to sell it. The 2.5 Subaru motors are very reliable and bullet proof. Doesn't have a ton of power but it gets the job done and returns 27mpg in mixed driving. Interstate at 75mph it will get 31. The car drives great an has all the utility of an SUV (except towing) without the bulk. Absolutely the most sure footed car I have ever driven since it is AWD. The limited model has leather, sunroof and the rest of the toys. Quite honestly for the money I don't think the Legacy/Outback wagon can be beat. If you need more power they do have the 3.0 V6 or the 2.5 Turbo but gas mileage will fall to around 20mpg with those.

edeckerpc
06-05-2008, 07:26 PM
Have you looked at the Audi A3? It's a bit smaller, but a blast to drive.

Footin
06-05-2008, 07:28 PM
Magnums are nice cars and the used ones can be had at great price.

TMCNo1
06-05-2008, 08:42 PM
You coulda had this one, but I guess Harold sold it a few years back.;)

A real ghetto cruiser if there ever was one, 350, glass packs/dual exhaust, 15X8 chrome wheels, 60 series tires, 18 mpg highway, power everything. Tried to give it to the daughter to drive to High School when she got her license and she said, "NO WAY, daddy", so I bought her a white used Ford Escort, chrome wheels/white letter tires and pinstriped in blue and purple and she was happy! Drove the Buick and towed the boat with it for 3 years and sold it for $100 more than I gave for it.

thijs
06-11-2008, 03:07 PM
Well, the search continues. She has completely fallen in love with the Volvo. We test drove a V70R AWD last night- Holy $hi^, that thing is fast, and does it ever handle well. I am concerned because it is a little expensive for us considering it is a 4 year old car. I know Volvo lasts forever, but still a concern to buy a 30k car that old with 45k mi.

My wife surpised me when she pointed out a 2008 Jeep Patriot. We drove that too with the 2.4L 4cyl with the CVT2 transmission.

Does anyone have experience with these, it felt like it might be a bit gutless- but I never got it out on the highway to see if it was or not. Maybe it is just the completely bizarre feeling of the tranny. Anyone's input into this crossover?

Fuel economy?
Power?
Comfort?
Reliabilty?
Offroad ability?

BrianM
06-11-2008, 03:16 PM
Well, the search continues. She has completely fallen in love with the Volvo. We test drove a V70R AWD last night- Holy $hi^, that thing is fast, and does it ever handle well. I am concerned because it is a little expensive for us considering it is a 4 year old car. I know Volvo lasts forever, but still a concern to buy a 30k car that old with 45k mi.

My wife surpised me when she pointed out a 2008 Jeep Patriot. We drove that too with the 2.4L 4cyl with the CVT2 transmission.

Does anyone have experience with these, it felt like it might be a bit gutless- but I never got it out on the highway to see if it was or not. Maybe it is just the completely bizarre feeling of the tranny. Anyone's input into this crossover?

Fuel economy?
Power?
Comfort?
Reliabilty?
Offroad ability?
Subaru.

If you are comparing to the V70 check out the Outback LL Bean 3.0. Can be had new for what you will pay for that Volvo. Will be just as safe and more reliable. Or save the gas and even more money and go with a 2.5 Limited.

dougl
06-11-2008, 04:09 PM
We have an 06 volvo XC-90 and love it, it's been solid except a few minor problems (nothing compared to the major problems we had with the VW Passat). We've driven an XC-70 a number of times we got as a loaner car while having the xc-90 in for service. We really liked the xc-70, very good handling, lots of room. We originally got the xc-90 so we'd have something to tow the boat with, but the 90 wasn't very good to tow with (and I was tired of fixing the passat) so I bought a pickup. If we had the pickup before buying the 90 I would have seriously considered the xc70.

Roonie's
06-11-2008, 04:35 PM
Well, the search continues. She has completely fallen in love with the Volvo. We test drove a V70R AWD last night- Holy $hi^, that thing is fast, and does it ever handle well. I am concerned because it is a little expensive for us considering it is a 4 year old car. I know Volvo lasts forever, but still a concern to buy a 30k car that old with 45k mi.

My wife surpised me when she pointed out a 2008 Jeep Patriot. We drove that too with the 2.4L 4cyl with the CVT2 transmission.

Does anyone have experience with these, it felt like it might be a bit gutless- but I never got it out on the highway to see if it was or not. Maybe it is just the completely bizarre feeling of the tranny. Anyone's input into this crossover?

Fuel economy?
Power?
Comfort?
Reliabilty?
Offroad ability?


We have the XC70 Volvo now with 52k miles put on it all by us as we bought it new. We really like the car. Great in the snow. Fast with the Turbo and heavy but solid feeling. I recently helped my mom buy an LL Bean Subaru Outback and it feels like an aluminum can in comparison. Much better fit and finish on the Volvo than the Subaru in my opinion. The Swedes are very minimalistic and I still enjoy my heavily optioned Chevy Suburban much more than the Volvo. We have had a few very minor problems that the dealer fixed when it needed oil changes so nothing really wrong that we couldn't drive the car. It had to do with a bad sending unit (failed twice) that was turning on a warning light falsely.

It gets really good MPG for being AWD. We average about 26 mpg on the highway and around 20 city which is right up there with Honda's MPG's. I really wanted the Audi wagon but wife didn't like it at the time.... so we compromised and got the Volvo. It is my wife's car. Love the Xenon headlights very bright. Seat warmers suck as they never feel like they get that warm on really cold days (unlike my Chevy where it will toast your @ss). Handling is good.

Any questions feel free to PM me.

Here is a pic of our car coming directly off the freight from Sweden when we came to pick it up. A week later I swapped out the wheels for BBS style wheels and tire combo. The factory wheels are ugly IMO.

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2/Roonies_2006/car_off_truck.jpg