Starting the search for a new family car

Dayzedandkonfuzed

G-Body Guru
Feb 9, 2010
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John Candy No GIF by Laff

Are you sure....?

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rogue_ryder

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Oct 27, 2017
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Shoot I wish they still made nice station wagons like they used to. The closest thing to a decent wagon was the magnum (please don't hang me, I own a mullet on wheels I have an interesting taste in cars.)
We went through what you're going through 5 years ago.

I wanted to get a Yukon or Escalade with the 6.2 but the height made it difficult for momma to put the baby seat in and out of. Mini-Vans were non-starter for us. We went and drove many cars (cute utes really), and she liked the Ford Flex best out of all of them, and I wasn't sold on it until we found an Eco-Boost (nothing eco about it) and I was surprised by how fast it was. 3 rows of seating and it was easy to put the baby in and out of and now that he's older it's much easier for him to get in and of of on his own vs a Truck (I still have to help him in and out of my 4x4 Silverado). The Flex also has plenty of room in the front and middle rows for big and tall guys (I'm 6'1" and find the car very comfortable). We bought the "Titanium" and it actually has a Fridge inside, which was great for storing bottles, pouches etc. in (everywhere we go seems to be an hour drive so it was actually really well used). I had to replace the Water Pump around 120K but other than that nothing outside of normal maintenance, so I'd say reliability is pretty good, although that water pump Job took about 10x longer than doing it on an LS.

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When the Flex dies I'd like to replace it with a Buick Regal Tour-X (really a Euro Wagon with Buick Badge).
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bruisedbanana79

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Thank you! I didn’t even think about the flex, we will have to go look at those this weekend. That Buick does look pretty slick. I just got done talking to my coworker about his highlander and they seem to have a decent amount of room as well. Oh the joys of parenthood!
 
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pagrunt

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Sep 14, 2014
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We kinda was prepaired for our surprise when the Jr. Mechanic showed up I had my '96 K1500 extended cab & she had her '07 Sante Fe. Both worked out perfect. We are now on the 4th extended cab truck & 2nd Sante Fe (it is a Sport not the 3 row regular Sante Fe) with them both still working out for us.
 
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Cauterize

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Feb 9, 2019
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Shoot I wish they still made nice station wagons like they used to. The closest thing to a decent wagon was the magnum (please don't hang me, I own a mullet on wheels I have an interesting taste in cars.)
Gotta look to the Germans for cool wagons Audi RS6 Avant. Or an RS2 / S2. I don't think the RS3 Avant was offered in North America. The MK4 Jetta wagon with a VR6 and a stick is a blast. I believe up until 2019 you could get a golf sportwagen with awd 6speed stick and 2.0t EA888. An APR tune and bolt-ons made them a great 30mpg sleeper.
 
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86LK

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Shoot I wish they still made nice station wagons like they used to. The closest thing to a decent wagon was the magnum (please don't hang me, I own a mullet on wheels I have an interesting taste in cars.)
Magnums were cool, fair amount of storage in back, but visibility thru the windows was crap due to the highline styling
 

carnutjw

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Highlander would be good too for room, just more car/comfy than the rugged Tacoma/4Runner. Built in Indiana, with me having a small hand in it.
 
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