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View Poll Results: Best baby wagon
VW Passat 4Motion Wagon 2 9.09%
Subaru Outback 2 9.09%
Subaru Wrx Wagon 5 22.73%
Subaru Forester 1 4.55%
Hyundai Santa Fe 1 4.55%
Toyota Rav4 3 13.64%
Honda CRV 4 18.18%
Other 4 18.18%
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Old 09-16-2009, 11:32 AM   #1
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Post Whats the best baby wagon for 10k ..



What do you guys think is the best baby wagon / suv for 10k range?

Something that isnt much on maintenance, reliable yet safe and decent looking.

- VW Passat Wagon 4Motion
- Subaru Forester
- Subaru Outback
- Subaru wrx wagon
- Toyota Rav4
- Honda CRV
- Hyundai Santa Fe
- Other

I'm trying to stay with 5spd and do like the 4wd in winter .. any recommendations and experiences are greatly considered.
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Old 09-16-2009, 11:44 AM   #2
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e30 touring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-16-2009, 12:15 PM   #3
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e30 touring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
haha .. no thanks. maybe a e39 wagon
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Old 09-16-2009, 12:21 PM   #4
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well maybe you should have a BMW on your poll, since this is a BMW form LOL
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Old 09-16-2009, 01:29 PM   #5
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I know friends who own or have owned a Forester and a Rav4 and they absolutely love them. No issues from either vehicle and they seem to hold their value quite well too.
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Old 09-16-2009, 02:00 PM   #6
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I like Soobies but the boxer engines scare me.

I'd get an e46 ix touring if I were you.
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Old 09-16-2009, 02:29 PM   #7
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I like Soobies but the boxer engines scare me.

I'd get an e46 ix touring if I were you.
not easy to find .. I've looked for a decent one. I would want it in 5spd for sure if I get one.
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Old 09-16-2009, 02:40 PM   #8
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I like the new CRV. A coworker has one, been in it a few times. Feels like good, solid transportation.
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Suby 2.5s have lots of headgasket issues. Aside from that they are strong vehicles.
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Old 09-16-2009, 02:48 PM   #10
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Nice list to choose from. I voted the CRV with a Subaru as my second choice probably the Forester. Good luck with the buy.
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I picked up a Toyota Matrix XRS for a baby hauler, its the 6spd fwd version so it has some pep (180hp stock), good on gas, extremely reliable, huge room in the back with the fold down seats, and it also handles surprisingly well with a 215/50/17 tire. Im so happy with the handling that im gonna take it to Mosport next month with some sticky tires and see what happens. The 2zz engine sounds amazing at 8500rpm

You can find an 03-05 for well under 10k with decent km's.

Otherwise I vote RAV4!
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Old 09-16-2009, 03:43 PM   #12
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mercedes e class wagon?

edit: Nevermind, saw you were looking for a 5speed.

Mabye e46 xit, they're not impossible to find, but not exactly easy either.

Why do you need a wagon?
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I picked up a Toyota Matrix XRS for a baby hauler, its the 6spd fwd version so it has some pep (180hp stock), good on gas, extremely reliable, huge room in the back with the fold down seats, and it also handles surprisingly well with a 215/50/17 tire. Im so happy with the handling that im gonna take it to Mosport next month with some sticky tires and see what happens. The 2zz engine sounds amazing at 8500rpm

You can find an 03-05 for well under 10k with decent km's.

Otherwise I vote RAV4!
This is a good idea. It's like having a bloated Elise. You can even look into a Pontiac Vibe GT. Same car but because it's a Pontiac, it has no value.
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IMO, you have a tough task on your hands. One that I had a couple of years ago. I have twin daughters and had bought a mini van when they were born but as they got older, I didn't need all of the space so we wanted a sporty wagon. We ended up with a Jetta 1.8t wagon. Nice car to drive and live with but let me tell you, that they are twice the cost to run of bimmers and no where near as durable. Passat is equal in this case. So, my 2 cents, stay away from vw if you want reliable affordable transport.

I'm kicking myself for buying this car. My wifes' work car is a rav4, and although these things are bullet proof, hers has 335000km on the odo all original manual tranny, it is very, very small and the hatch is not, its a door that opens the wrong way. Cargo is very small and she's not a big fan of the lack of space, our Jetta wagon dwarfs it in usable space, both back seat and cargo.

I know I'm not offering any suggestions here, but I know what you SHOULDN'T get. LOL.

What I would really like to replace the Jetta, and I would also recommend it for you is a e39 touring, either 528it with 5 speed, definitely available, or 540it with 5 speed swap, now affordable to get done. A good set of snows are always better than awd in the winter and you're set.
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not easy to find .. I've looked for a decent (E46 ix touring) one. I would want it in 5spd for sure if I get one.
OK, I seriously had to talk myself out of going to look at this car, cause I had a feeling that it would end up coming home with me, and another car is the last thing I need right now. So in case you haven't seen it...

http://autotrader.ca/used_cars_Cars_...7945&r=ontario

It isn't mentioned in the ad, but from the pics it appears to have Sport Package as well as the obvious 5 speed. It's been on there for at least 6 weeks that I know of. A little more than 10K but I'm sure you could get that down a bit. Would be nice to see it go to someone on here that would appreciate it for its rare/coolness factor...
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