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    Eyeing for a family vehicle

    My husband bought a mountain bike. Now, I'm eyeing for a vehicle, maybe a family car. The problem is, I do not know which is the best route for me to consider and get the best package deal in terms of buying. I'm still thinking if I would purchase a new one , maybe a used one will do? Otherwise, I'll be applying for a vehicle loan. Any advice?

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    We love ours... go test drive one and you will too...
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    Why are you even asking.

    Subaru.

    Only question really is Outback or Forester and if by "family" you mean kids, then OB.

    All tongue in cheek, I love my '17 OB but there's a ton of nice vehicles out there.

    Possibly the very first questions are 1) Is it a commuter vehicle ? and do you desire gas mileage ? and 2) Do you live someplace where AWD would be useful ?, as that's what a lot of small SUV's come with.
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    Seriously. Subaru Forester or Outback. 1up USA bike rack on the back and you are set.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chain View Post
    We love ours... go test drive one and you will too...
    Starting from $ 72,600*

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    Whatever you do, don't settle for a Cute Ute with a CVT.

    Cute Ute: Not a car....not a SUV/truck (body on frame)...tiny engine...can't go off road..can't tow....basically a it's the "Tranny" of the car world.

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    Either a Honda van that has room for that mountain bike, or get a rack for this Continental GT| Bentley Motors

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    My advice, don't ask here. This is a generic Subaru forum in disguise, for people that lack imagination

    Seriously, figure out what you need in a vehicle, and go from there. How many will you carry, how many bikes, will you tow anything, do you need to go off road, etc. then set your price and research vehicles. Then when you drive them, drive them all, just so you know, you may be surprised that you choose a different vehicle than you set your heart on because of looks or something else.

    If you don't reply then we'll know you are just a Subaru shill trying to up the search engine hit count to this site
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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOky View Post
    Seriously, figure out what you need in a vehicle, and go from there.
    +1. And then look for one that's 2 or 3 years old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dir-t View Post
    +1. And then look for one that's 2 or 3 years old.
    Depends on the car. Some cars hold their value so well that the minor discount at the 2-3 year mark isn't worth it. YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nealric View Post
    Depends on the car. Some cars hold their value so well that the minor discount at the 2-3 year mark isn't worth it. YMMV.
    You mean like...........SUBARU ?
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    Sometimes we don't buy Subarus...



    But kinda wish we had...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Opus51569 View Post
    Sometimes we don't buy Subarus...



    But kinda wish we had...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keoki View Post
    Whatever you do, don't settle for a Cute Ute with a CVT.

    Cute Ute: Not a car....not a SUV/truck (body on frame)...tiny engine...can't go off road..can't tow....basically a it's the "Tranny" of the car world.
    Two things that sound great on paper but really sap any enthusiasm out of driving a vehicle. 1) CVT, 2) Electric Assist Steering. Wife's 17 Subaru Forester has both. It is a nice car but the CVT just "feels" wrong. I gets great mileage with the CVT but it's just boring. And by all accounts the Subaru CVTs are some of the best. Electric assist steering lacks any feel whatsoever. Yeah, no power steering pump, hoses or fluid to leak is all great but it just feels horrible. Actually it doesn't feel at all...that's the problem. The brakes are also woefully undersized IMO. Very little swept area, stopping distances seem long. I can see frequent brake jobs in the car's future. I refer to them as "Hello Kitty" brakes. But, the LED projector headlights (Touring model) are the $hit. Closest thing I've seen to my old Acura's Bi-Xenon setup.

    But I'm an old retrogrouch that likes manual transmissions, 4 piston brake calipers with large diameter rotors and the road to shine through my steering. If you value none of that then the Forester really is a pretty nice car. And it will swallow a bike whole. Most come with roof rails also so easy to put a rack up there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chain View Post
    Matchbox makes life size cars?
    Yeah, but does your Maserati have Sasquatch climbing the back window?



    No??? How about spiders who are fluent in Italian?



    HA! I thought not...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerjulio View Post
    You mean like...........SUBARU ?
    True enough. My friend bought his Suby brand new for that very reason.

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    I use my wife's Honda Odyssey to carry my bike whenever I go out of town with friends to ride. We remove the wheels and have racks that support the front fork and chainstays to keep the rear off the ground. I can fit 3 bikes and wheels in the back plus ride gear or 4 if just going for a one day ride. If 4 going overnight, etc. we use a roof top luggage box.

    Second row captain's chairs are great when friends are tired and just want to snooze while I drive.

    I won't put my bike on the outside of the car......too many ways for it to get damaged and, when it rains, No Thanks.

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    Subaru's are a joke. Always has been in Japan and in other Asian countries.

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    [QUOTE=Keoki;5160658]Subaru's are a joke.

    I know a bunch of people with them as they're quite popular in the rocky mtn states. Leaky headgaskets and other problems do plague them BUT it seems there are so few other options for affordable AWD wagons and that is just the kind of vehicle that fits the bill for tons and tons of people.

    I bet an AWD Ford Focus without the expense/performance of the RS model would do really well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keoki View Post
    Subaru's are a joke. Always has been in Japan and in other Asian countries.
    Jd power "initial quality" is a joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sneertough View Post
    My husband bought a mountain bike. Now, I'm eyeing for a vehicle, maybe a family car.
    Half ton crew cab with a 6.5' bed. Luxury stereo on wheels.

    Had mine since February. It is more comfortable than the wife's Cadillac. And it carries my bikes with wheels on.

    Gas mileage is only slightly worse than the STi I traded for it.

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    I love this. I have 2 cars - a Genesis Coupe and a Kia Sorento. #1 & #2, both with 10 year, 100,000 mile warrantees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sneertough View Post
    My husband bought a mountain bike. Now, I'm eyeing for a vehicle,
    This struck me as the most relevant aspect of the original post. What does your husband's mountain bike purchase have to do with you getting a new car? Are you trying to even up the score? A new car is likely to be 10 to 20 times as expensive as his bike. What would you do if he bought himself a new car - buy a yacht? (just kidding - all in fun)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keoki View Post
    Whatever you do, don't settle for a Cute Ute with a CVT.

    Cute Ute: Not a car....not a SUV/truck (body on frame)...tiny engine...can't go off road..can't tow....basically a it's the "Tranny" of the car world.
    I have one of those sort of things.

    A unibody "truck" sort of thing.

    I can't recommend it enough.

    Sure, it can only tow 5,000 pounds... but I don't tow anything.

    Sure, it only has a V6, but it has the V-TEC baby.

    Comes with some huge bonuses for being a truck shaped car.

    There's a full sized trunk underneath the bed of the "truck." Big enough to fit two people in it.

    The back seat is totally flat floored. No transmission hump at all. Can just roll a bike in without taking off any wheels or anything, fits great with the seats folded up.

    It's called a Honda Ridgeline by the way if you're interested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMsRepBike View Post
    I have one of those sort of things.

    A unibody "truck" sort of thing.

    I can't recommend it enough.

    Sure, it can only tow 5,000 pounds... but I don't tow anything.

    Sure, it only has a V6, but it has the V-TEC baby.

    Comes with some huge bonuses for being a truck shaped car.

    There's a full sized trunk underneath the bed of the "truck." Big enough to fit two people in it.

    The back seat is totally flat floored. No transmission hump at all. Can just roll a bike in without taking off any wheels or anything, fits great with the seats folded up.

    It's called a Honda Ridgeline by the way if you're interested.
    wait.......you have hauled 2 people in the trunk?....You might want to edit/delete this....LOL.....although, it might be too late
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