Emmkaydudebrah's replacement... what would you have bought?

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Emmkaydudebrah's replacement... what would you have bought?

Postby Maraschino Larry » Tue Mar 13, 2012 1:08 pm

First of all... Randy's not allowed to play as he saw the replacement on the weekend :P

As you all know I've been tormenting myself trying to figure out what to replace my Jetta with. This vehicle is meant to be driven for ~2 years max and then replaced with something I actually want to drive (off-lease B8 S4 comes to mind...). Once I have my new DD it will remain on insurance to be used for camping, hardware/garden store and dump trips, etc. until it dies.

I came up with the below criteria:

• Budget $8000 max (less is always better)
• Newer the better
• Ability to haul long items (2x4s, pipe, etc.) a must, ability to swallow a 4x8 sheet or two (even if with the hatch/bed open as I live so close to Home Hardware) a huge bonus
• Cheap parts and simple to work on. The simpler the better.
• Good fuel economy. This requirement did not exist in the beginning but after borrowing the company F-150 a couple times and filling its tank I figure since this vehicle will be transporting 1-2 people 90% of the time if I don't have to double my fuel expense from the mkIV why would I.
• I have to not hate it. This point is 100% subjective but certain vehicles that fit the above considerations are completely uninteresting to me so I couldn't bare to drive it for the next couple of years.
• I can't feel the need to lower/lift it, or purchase unnecessary modifications of any sort. Sadly this is the most difficult requirement, and is especially hard when couple with meeting the previously mentioned point about having to like something about the vehicle.

Blind guesses or 20 questions format welcomed... I can drop some hints in too, but I'm wondering what you guys would have come up with to meet these needs.

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Re: Emmkaydudebrah's replacement... what would you have boug

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Re: Emmkaydudebrah's replacement... what would you have boug

Postby Maraschino Larry » Tue Mar 13, 2012 1:50 pm

Damn it Randy! Oh well... here's the new whip
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Re: Emmkaydudebrah's replacement... what would you have boug

Postby Maraschino Larry » Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:39 pm

No, but I did consider them along with the blazer/jimmy. For the MPG they net I minus while get a fullsize truck. Definitely high on the cheap parts/simple score though!
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Emmkaydudebrah's replacement... what would you have bought?

Postby professor science » Sat Mar 17, 2012 12:27 pm

Last gen lancer sport back.
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Re: Emmkaydudebrah's replacement... what would you have boug

Postby mushroom_curry » Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:43 am

Subaru Legacy wagon...

Also wtf, Randy has seen it? That means you've already bought it?
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Re: Emmkaydudebrah's replacement... what would you have boug

Postby Maraschino Larry » Sun Mar 18, 2012 8:41 pm

Hahahahahha yes... already purchased.

Rob: Oddly enough that it one of the few vehicles to tick all boxes I never considered... not sure why. I think I may have given up trying to find an example in stick, couldn't bring myself to drive it in auto.

Raj: As you know that was a front runner for a long time, what killed it was how old (whether km or year) I had to go to get it in my price range. Same thing that killed the 3rd gen 4 runner for me (which I was dead set on for a while). As reliable as they are it's the little regular maintenance things that start to drive you nuts at that KM level... I don't want to be changing worn out suspension bushings playing 'what's that clunk?' every month.


I'll drop a hint bomb...

- American
- 2006 MY
- 5 speed manual
- 4 wheel independent suspension
- Weighs the same as the GTI
- No way I would have imagined I'd ever be driving one of these, nevermind enjoying it
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Postby tripwalking » Sun Mar 18, 2012 11:57 pm

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Postby Mandeep D » Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:12 am

AWD Pontiac Vibe?
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Re: Emmkaydudebrah's replacement... what would you have boug

Postby Maraschino Larry » Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:31 am

Dave: No, but not a bad guess. If I hadn't worked at Heffner and developed negative connotations for the Matrix/Vibe I'd probably have considered it. AWD wouldn't necessarily have been needed either.

NEW HINT: Not AWD

DW: No, but getting very close! Focus ZTW was also being strongly considered however my sick brain was quickly dreaming about creating an SVT Focus wagon and looking at the 4x108 Compomotives FS.
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Postby professor science » Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:55 am

Chevy Cobalt?
Pontiac G5?
Pontiac G6?
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Re: Emmkaydudebrah's replacement... what would you have boug

Postby Dreamstate » Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:11 am

professor science wrote:Chevy Cobalt?
Pontiac G5?
Pontiac G6?


luxurious wrote:• Ability to haul long items (2x4s, pipe, etc.) a must, ability to swallow a 4x8 sheet or two (even if with the hatch/bed open as I live so close to Home Hardware) a huge bonus
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Postby Dreamstate » Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:12 am

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Postby Maraschino Larry » Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:14 am

Unlimited vertical cargo capacity FTW!

MOAR HINTZ
- Can fit a couple 4x8 sheets diagonally in the cargo area
- The rear window opens independently form the hatch
- I'm averaging 25+MPG
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Postby professor science » Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:01 am

Trailblazer SS? :p
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Postby tripwalking » Mon Mar 19, 2012 12:09 pm

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Postby Maraschino Larry » Mon Mar 19, 2012 12:22 pm

Only Jewish ones.

DW was the closest by far with the Focus guess... I'll also add that I had no idea these came in stick and did not find the vehicle 'interesting' until I found this out.
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Postby Mandeep D » Mon Mar 19, 2012 12:27 pm

Ford Escape!!

or,

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Postby Maraschino Larry » Mon Mar 19, 2012 3:36 pm

Mandeep's got it!

I am the proud owner of the most nondescript vehicle on the planet, a silver Ford Escape (after noticing these exist I've observed ~1/4 cars on the road is a Ford Escape lol). Between the silver paint and unpainted bumpers I have no remorse about parking it anywhere, since it's an "SUV" (notice quotes) I won't be lowering it, and since it's 2WD I would be lifting it. Rear window allow me to pass through long shit, I can cram 4x8s in the back, 2.3 Mazda sourced engine is surprisingly smooth, and with the stick it can still get out of its own way. I'm very pleased with the MPG so far.

We rented an Escape when we went to PEI (were supposed to have a Grand Cherokee but the rental place was a rental place). Besides the always hunting for a gear transmission I was pleasantly surprised by the experience. Fast forward to me looking for my mystery vehicle I didn't even consider them because of the aforementioned auto, and the V6 one gets pretty crappy MPG. One day I ran across a thread on TCL mentioning these coming in stick and a quick google search confirmed the info. I spent a month scouring Kijiji/Trader and found 2 for sale in Ontario that fit in my price range. I didn't want one older than 2005 as they had an anemic 2.0l engine and even crappier interior. This one popped up at a used lot up by Randy's and was a trade in. Amazingly I found the previous owner's ad still up on Kijiji and spoke with him confirming the vehicle's history and the reason they got rid of it. A huge bonus as he didn't owe the dealer anything so I felt I'd be getting the truth.

It's got 130k on it and as far as I can tell I paid ~2k below the going rate once all was said and done. Came with a bible of service/repair records in the glove box, and I found three dollars under the rear seat when we test drove it. Once I get one of these so I can play music I think it'll fit the bill quite nicely.
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Postby wide_load » Mon Mar 19, 2012 4:12 pm

Good thing you got the stick. Kims dad's auto tranny has taken a dump 3 times already!
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Re: Emmkaydudebrah's replacement... what would you have boug

Postby Maraschino Larry » Mon Mar 19, 2012 4:25 pm

Yeah they are notorious... and after driving one for a week I understand why. It had under 500km on it and it felt like the shifts were being controlled by the earth's magnetic field or something.
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Postby Mandeep D » Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:42 pm

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I would like to thank all the little people who helped me get here. Wait. Where'd all the little people GO?!

Feels funny buying a vehicle with your head rather than your heart right?

That's how I feel about our truck, sometimes I look at it & wonder who I'm supposed to give it back to... I think of it like a dog, it's supposed to work for me loyally and I will pat it on the head ocassionaly as a reward. And feed it lots of gasoline.

Maybe that last part is why I don't have a dog......
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