RQOTN - Tuesday 4/17

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RQOTN - Tuesday 4/17

Well, I guess it's Wednesday for Wendy. Lol

What car do you currently drive? What do you love about it? What do you not like about it? Do you wish you drove something else?

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We upgraded to the Chevy Traverse when I found out I was pg again. Before that I drove a Chevy Cobalt and I could not imagine trying to get Lyla in and out of her carseat bending over while being big pregnant. DH agreed and we got the Traverse. I love it. It's perfect for us! We can fit both carseats in there and there's plenty of room for other stuff. I don't wish I drove anything else now. I just hope we can keep it!

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I currently drive a 2010 Toyota RAV 4 and love it. I love the hidden storage in the back, I love that we've been able to easily road trip with room to spare as as family of 3. I love that it gets better gas mileage than the EPA estimates claim (not unusual for us to get 30 hwy when on a trip). It drives great. I don't want to drive anything else right now.

My husband is on year #11 of his Grand Am and it needs to be replaced. I hate that car. DH hates it more than me. It's literally falling apart (the button to changes gears falls off while driving, 2 of the 4 windows are held up by hooks and rope, etc). We're looking at replacing it with a mini van soon. This way when we need a larger vehicle we have one. Whatever car we buy we'll keep for at least another 10 years (we don't trade vehicles unless they're on their last leg). No way to fit more than 4 people comfortably (and no way can 3 car seats/boosters fit) in the RAV sadly.

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I LOVE MY CAR!!!! It's a 2010 Jeep Compass we got it back in August. it's red and shiny and pretty Biggrin i like that i do not feel terrified driving it in the winter. For the longest time i refused to even drive if there was snow on the road and i did it this year and felt really comfortable driving it. I also like that it has 4 doors because for the longest time we had a crappy 2 door! The only thing I didn't really like in the beginning is that it has a lot of blind spots and sometimes if it a little hard to see if you are looking from a certain spot, but we just got the little circle mirrors and that has helped.

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I can't imagine the pain of a 2 door car and a car seat!

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it was a huge PITA. can you believe we lugged Lucas around in one until he was almost 1???

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I drive a Mercury Sable, not sure what year as I am very oblivious when it comes to cars, but it is old and has a lot of rust and the ac doesn't work. I love driving it though, I just don't like driving it when it is hot.

My DH was driving an old car as well, don't even know for sure what, I want to say a Pontiac. We got a much newer but used Jeep Grand Cherokee recently-it was supposed to replace my car since I don't have AC but somehow it has become DH's car instead and he is still keeping his old car even though we don't have room to park it in the garage or driveway and have to park it on the street:rolleyes: Now he is talking about replacing my car sometime this summer if we can save enough money. If we do, I think I will just get a minivan because the SUV really won't have room for us to fit comfortably if we add another baby and carseat in the next year or so and DH is not willing to sell the SUV and drive a minivan as his main vehicle.

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We have an '03 Subaru Forrester. I LOVE it. Its getting a little old but its holding up really well. DH just replaced the timing belt, wheel-bearings, and a few other things in addition to fixing the AC. Since he's handy with cars we can afford to make such repairs instead of just breaking down and getting a new car. I love the flexibility of the Subaru. It drives like a car so makes a great in town car. Its got so much space that its an amazing road trip car too. I wish it got better gas mileage but we really don't drive it all that often so its fine for now. We may have to trade it in for a car with a third row when #2 comes along but I think we might just be OK with one FF carseat and one RF. A RF carseat won't fit behind DH's seat with it reclined the way he needs it to be. If it works out we'll drive the Subaru until we can afford a hybrid or electric vehicle that fits two FF carseats & two dogs.

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I have an 07 Chrysler Town and Country minivan. I LOVE IT! With all the carseats and children crap it can hold it fits perfectly for our family now. I'm really really bad about trading up and often so for a very long time I haven't driven anything really "old". I just got this particular van when I was pregnant with Clara actually, I swooned at the sunroof, DVD player and stow and go seats. I put one kid in one of the middle seats, drop the other middle seat and put the other carseat in the back seat. This gives me plenty of room to change diapers where the dropped seat is and to stuff in more crap. If the kids want to sit next to each other then I just drop the whole back row of seats which works out beautifully in case I want to go shopping or haul home furniture Smile

My back up is an 09 4 door GMC Sierra 3/4 ton truck and it's really freaking amazing as long as I don't have to get the kids in and out of it too often Smile

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We have a 2009 dodge journey. We love it. It's good on gas and is roomy. It was on the top of the NIIS safety ratings at the time we bought it. I used to work in insurance so I look at that kind of stuff. We stay in it till we run it to the ground or outgrow it.

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I have a 2003 Honda Odyssey and I love it. I love the extra space that I have now with the seats down (currently have two prams back there, my jogger and my normal pram) the space to get Ronin in and out and that there is room to expand our family. I wish it were manual not automatic, just because I prefer manual, and I wish I drove a newer model, but this one was good condition, fit our price range and we didn't need a loan for it so was even better

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I have an 07 Chevy Impala and DH has an 06 Chevy cobalt. We are not die hard chevy fans or anything, it just worked out at the times we were looking for cars those were what fit our needs and budget at the time. DH's car is too small for the kids, it needs to go. My car is fine for 2 kids, but still a bit on the smallish side when we need to pack lots of stuff. The plan in to trade in or sell DH's car and get a minivan (I want a Honda Odyssey). Then DH will drive the Impala and the van will be mine. We're going to wait a bit though, we want to pay off both cars before we take on another car payment. DH's car will be paid off in June and we hope to have mine paid off by the end of the year. Then we'll enjoy some car-payment-free time before we get the van.

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"ange84" wrote:

I wish it were manual not automatic, just because I prefer manual, and I wish I drove a newer model, but this one was good condition, fit our price range and we didn't need a loan for it so was even better

This is us too. We were looking hard for a manual but buying used makes that nearly impossible, especially with "family" vehicles. We had a small loan on the Subaru for about a year but it was a great deal for a car that was/is in great shape.

I learned how to drive in a Honda Odyssey! They're great little mini vans. For such a large vehicle, they drive surprisingly well. My mom traded it in pretty much the day I moved out of the house for a crap VW Jetta. What a piece of junk that thing was! Never buy a VW!

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"ange84" wrote:

I wish it were manual not automatic, just because I prefer manual

Oh yes, me too! When my kids are all much much older I am so getting a sporty little thing with 5 on the floor and a convertible top *swoon* I don't care as much about the convertible top as I do that it be fast and corner like a race car. I sooooo don't need anything like that ever, I'll end up killing myself (I like to drive fast!), that's what DH keeps telling me. DD1's dad had a 5.0 Mustang with t-tops, oh man, I miss driving that thing. I'm pretty sure that car was the only reason I stayed with him as long as I did. Nothing more enticing to a 16 year old girl with an addiction to speed than a car that begs to be raced!!!

Since I'm day dreaming about past cars, one of my favorite cars of my own was a little 5 speed, 2 door Ford Escort. That thing could sh!t and get now! It didn't look like much but I could make her squeal at the stop lights. I had to trade it off when DD1 was just over a year old cause babies and 2 doors do not make for comfort or ease of driving!

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

This is us too. We were looking hard for a manual but buying used makes that nearly impossible, especially with "family" vehicles. We had a small loan on the Subaru for about a year but it was a great deal for a car that was/is in great shape.

I learned how to drive in a Honda Odyssey! They're great little mini vans. For such a large vehicle, they drive surprisingly well. My mom traded it in pretty much the day I moved out of the house for a crap VW Jetta. What a piece of junk that thing was! Never buy a VW!

A lot of mini vans don't come in manual, the Kia carnival does, but all the ones we could find were models that had reported significant issues in the ratings. A workmate of mine drives a Jetta, she loves it.

Christa, I never pictured you as a speed demon, I have this ppicture of all of you personality wise in my head and never would have added that tag to you.

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Christa, I never pictured you as a speed demon, I have this ppicture of all of you personality wise in my head and never would have added that tag to you.

That's really funny because I totally had her pegged as a motor junky. Would it surprise any of you to hear that I get all hot and bothered when I see big dirty trucks with giant tires? They have to be dirty. Too clean and its like why bother. DH had a jacked up 4-runner when I met him and I think it significantly contributed to my swooning. If any of my environmentally friendly buddies catch wind of that they'll take away my hippy card!

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Actually no that wouldn't surprise me at all Erin, I have you pegged as someone who likes dirt and getting out in less than clean areas, especially for your work.

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

If any of my environmentally friendly buddies catch wind of that they'll take away my hippy card!

ROFL

We're debating between the Odyssey and Quest right now. The redesigned Quest is new and it's hard to find useful info on it since so many people hate how it looks (which I don't care about since I don't really like how my RAV looks lol).

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I've never even heard of the quest, but often you have different cars altogether or different names for the same cars as we have here, but I love my odyessy and I know Joy has a new model of the odyessy so she could probably tell you more about the current models.

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How many years has the Quest been around. My DH is rather adamant about not buying cars in their first few years of production. They usually have kinks that it takes a few years to work out.

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2012 is it's 2nd year. Which is the main reason we're hesitating on it. But the interior is way nicer with way more extras than the Odyssey for cheaper (they're selling for under their sticker price right now).
We hated the Sienna and T&C and Grand Caravan.

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If you like it, its probably approaching the point where its reliable to get one. They've been since 2010 (since 2011 vehicles come out in 2010). If you can hold out another 6-12 months there will be more reviews out and more used 2011s coming up for sale.

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I have a 2012 Hyundai Sonata. LOVE it. We had a trailblazer and cobalt we traded for it. Saved us like $300 a month Smile It has a turbo engine which I love cause I like to go fast....um....really fast. Hubby has a 2010 Chevy Malibu.