1998 ford suv eddie bower edition, lousy on gas, great family/dog car, works good on these dirt roads I now live on, lol. My last car was a chev s-10 truck, had it for 18 yrs. Like to get my money's worth
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Yes, TDI stands for Turbocharged Direct Injection, which are all turbocharged diesel engines. When VW re-launched their TDIs in 2009 (after a short hiatus), the were given a "Green Car of the Year" award. These were designed to be compatible with stricter diesel emissions laws in California. Audi, which is owned by VW, shares most of its technology and released its own clean TDI the following year.@RenaissanceLady
Thank you for the details. I have to admit I have never been a detail-kind of person when it has come to purchasing cars. I do like new cars - and I like a sporty, peppy pick-up. I am also wanting some luxury - but I prefer small cars for no reason other than I like small cars. (The first car I ever owned was a Ford Falcon - and that imprinted me! )
When you say TDI - you are talking about the diesel models, correct?
Funny story (to me). Last summer I was test driving a VW diesel - may have been an Eos (very nice car - good feel, good handling - and fun with the top down). The salesman started mentioning that a diesel car would continue running in the face of 'electrical situations' - I'm hashing this a bit, I don't really recall how he was phrasing it - but it was at a time I was getting back into UFOs and thinking about joining MUFON and finding my way onto this chat site - and from what he was saying I immediately flashed: "ah, my diesel car won't stall out and I'll have a fast getaway from a flying saucer!"
How does one find these chat sites? I've never heard of them - though I have certainly built-my-own car.
Again, RenaissanceLady, thank you for the wealth of perspective. I guess I can safely assume you think a VW purchase would be a good bet.
It will get there and more before we replace it.
We really need a bigger car but the little Honda is fun to drive even if it is front wheel drive oh and we got it in 2001 so most of the miles are from us.
I had one of these up until four years ago.
Not my one but that is very close to it. Nissan Silvia s14
Got stolen and wreaked, did not replace it as it was hell expensive to maintain anyway.
Nice - we looked at the Forester as well, but we ended up liking the longer trunk space of the Outback more - we bought it brand new and we will treat it well. The 2014 Forester and Outback have the same 9 inch clearance, which comes in handy with Canadian winters.Subaru Forester SX here
The Outback is a nice car, but ive heard on the forester forums that buying one second hand is a dodgy proposition
The story goes that many owners treat them like an offroad 4WD and bush bash in them, but they dont have the undercar clearance for rough terrain and as a result its common to see a bit of damage underneath on the second hand ones
Be sure to check out
Subaru Outback - Subaru Outback Forums
Ive found the Forester forums really helpful for minor repairs and maintenance
This is what I found out last month when I got the car. I have such a great experience at the Subaru dealership. I was able to negotiate winter tires on rims, as well as a remote car starter.The best time to purchase vehicles from dealerships, new or from their used lots, is at the end of the month. They all have to make quotas at the end of the month for bonuses and they will cut great deals in those last two days.
For a super roller coaster ride regarding car sales check this out, widly hilarious:
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VW's 4Motion is its permanent 4WD system, compared to most driver-operated 4WD systems (such as on the Infiniti QX4) or an AWD system. Most people don't know this, but 4WDs and AWDs are not the same technology, even being confused in car articles on forums. For that matter some cars listed as 4WDs can actually be AWDs in denial - but more on that, later.
I leased a 2012 VW cc about two and a half years ago and I gotta say, it's a great ride. With the 2.0 turbo it has plenty of torque all the way through the gear box and believe me, I like to play on the canyon roads here. Very refined and predictable handling for a front wheel drive setup-with little plowing in tight turns if you set up the the apex correctly. It's tight all around-great seating and steering wheel positioning, long wheel base makes for a smooth, quiet freeway ride. I put a lot of miles on my cars and negotiate up front for 18k/yr. Just got the 40k service, most of which I did myself. The air filter was still clean enough to not need replacing. all it needed was the required synthetic oil and filter change that cost me a smidge over $100.00. Gotta turn it in this November, and I may get another (or not), if I decide to tolerate the payments. Wish they would work out a retractable sunroof, though. My wife, Gloria, owns a 2008 Rav with the V-6--we both tend to like power without winding up the rpms to get it. My cc averages about 23 mph, which I can live with, but if a TDI is offered, I'd probably give that a shot. She had a 74 alfa spider when we met in '79, and I have gradually restored it with an upgraded interior. SoCal is easy on cars-dry, little rain, and no salted roads to worry about. The alfa is great for those warm Santa Ana days, cruising PCH or winding through Mulholland on a weekend drive.1998 ford suv eddie bower edition, lousy on gas, great family/dog car, works good on these dirt roads I now live on, lol. My last car was a chev s-10 truck, had it for 18 yrs. Like to get my money's worth
2011 GMC Acadia and 2013 Volvo XC60. No Prius poons here.So, this is on my mind because I just traded in my Honda Civic. I loved that car and it was running well, but it was way too small for a family of four. I bought a brand new 2014 Subaru Outback and I am really happy to have the AWD in the garbage winter weather we get here in Southern Quebec.
So, what do you guys drive?