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Old 01-02-2018, 12:40 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Yeah I don't know what it is, but for some reason GM LS engines are surprisingly efficient for their size. The most efficient vehicle I've ever owned is my current DD, an '02 Silverado 5.3L. I get high teens in city/combined and low 20's highway. My only complaint is that it's a bit of an oil eater.
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Old 01-02-2018, 01:36 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I've got a Honda HR-V. We love it, bought it the week they were introduced in April 2015. (2016 model) Have already put 40,000+ miles on it and driven it all over the country. Gets 30+ miles per gallon (we have gotten 35mpg going to Chicago). Plenty of room to put all my paintball gear in the back, and a fully loaded model with leather, heated seats, 4X4 and navi is around $26,000 brand new after negotiating.

I like it a lot better than the CRV. The back seats go up or down depending on your need, and the ride is very good and it is feature rich for not much cash!
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Old 01-04-2018, 10:39 AM   #33 (permalink)
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I'm really digging the Subaru Forester. Like that you can modify them and make them like a "Dad Wagon." lol You can make them pretty quick and have a lot of room. But are they safe?
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Old 01-04-2018, 01:07 PM   #34 (permalink)
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I haven't been that impressed with my brothers Forester. It is an 06' that he bought from a little old lady with 59k on it. I have done rear wheel bearings, brakes, and starter. Now it sounds like it has a CV going on the left rear. Not even 70K on it yet.
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Old 01-04-2018, 01:20 PM   #35 (permalink)
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I'm really digging the Subaru Forester. Like that you can modify them and make them like a "Dad Wagon." lol You can make them pretty quick and have a lot of room. But are they safe?
Did someone say sleeper wagon? Get you a 66-70 Impala wagon with a 396 or 454. THAT is a dad wagon lol
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Old 01-04-2018, 07:14 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Wagons - Turbo Brick (Volvo), CTS-V or SRT8 Magnum!

Be sure to test drive a new Forester because those CVTs are an awful driving experience (noticeable if you enjoy driving).
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Old 01-04-2018, 07:21 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Wagons - Turbo Brick (Volvo), CTS-V or SRT8 Magnum!

Be sure to test drive a new Forester because those CVTs are an awful driving experience (noticeable if you enjoy driving).
Shhhh. Turbos are like steroids. Cant make the power on your own? Slap a turbo on it!

Also, come on, you cant tell me you wouldnt drive the piss out of a 60s muscle car turned wagon before youd drive any of those 3
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Old 01-06-2018, 12:02 AM   #38 (permalink)
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What's wrong with the 3.6 pentastar? IMO, that's one of the very few things Chrysler actually got correct.
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Old 01-18-2018, 11:55 PM   #39 (permalink)
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are jeeps really that bad? in terms of reliability and driving experience?
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Old 01-19-2018, 09:38 AM   #40 (permalink)
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No, a Prius is a worse driving experience than a Wrangler. Mopars overall generally have a bad rep for reliability. I'd say their recent transmissions have definitely had teething problems (Cherokee 9-speed programming, operator stupidty with the joystick shifter in the Charger/300/Grand Cherokee). I know several families with the Cherokee who are very satisfied with it. Fuelly shows only 22mpg real world average but its actually competent offroad (not a rock crawler though).

In the 8 years I've had my Challenger R/T there were two major recalls (engine timing chain and Takata airbags) that were taken care of and a total down time of less than 24 hours. I had a bad wheel speed sensor and two electrical issues (taillights and door latch) that were promptly fixed. I can drive it four seasons and hit the race track - I'm happy with it.

My two brothers each have 2012 4-door Wranglers. One was involved in the early 3.6 Pentastar recall for heads and one had some leakage from the Freedom top panels - all fixed under warranty. They were fine at highway speeds and no other significant issues during or after the warranty period. Unless you count having to winch or snatch strap through blue trail obstacles which necessitated "having" to upgrade tires, lift and diffs to then tackle black trails.

Everybody's experience and expectations are different so take opinions with a grain of salt. Driving is fun for me so it's more than just an appliance. I like Mopars, Minis, Mazdas and wagons but dislike Subarus, Nissans, Fords and uninspiring economy cars. To each their own.
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