Saturday, 13 November 2004

I have to make an unplanned vehicle purchase sometime in the next week or so, and I will be heading out of here in a few minutes to start looking around at what's available these days. I have no idea at this point what I am interested in.

But maybe someone who reads this will have some ideas of their own they want to share.

What I need and who I am:

I'm a guy who lives in the woods with a house at the end of a long gravel driveway. It snows up here. I drive around 80 miles a day going to and from work, and in the past I have used my SUV to pull a trailer.

I am not an anti-SUV person, and you won't be able to convert me to the hatred side of the force on principle. I am open to looking at what ever works for me (in other words, I am willing to be "for" a vehicle type, rather than being opposed to it).

I sometimes transport as many as four other people in my car. It has to be safe. After recent experiences, I'd say it has to be super, super safe (as Bill Gates would say). Let's just say I am glad/lucky to be alive and leave it at that.

So anyhow - If you're a Consumer Reports nut, have recently shopped for vehicles, or otherwise have some knowledge, experience, or opinions that you think would be valuable to me in my vehicle search, either email me (use the little envelope thing in the copyright message at the bottom of this web page), comment here where others can see (I will get an email instantly with your comment), or if its Saturday afternoon, you can even try calling my cell phone (hey, call even if you don't know me, it's all good) at 503-970-1753. Let me know what you think.

While I will be making my own decision on a purchase, I think it would be great to get some ideas from others.

Triva Note: Most of the feedback I get through this site seems to come in the form of direct emails, along with a few comments left on the site's comment system (see the bottom of this entry and look for the  icon and click the link to leave your thoughts).

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Saturday, 13 November 2004 15:39:08 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Neighbor has one... seems to fit most (all?) of your needs:

"The M-Class is an ever-ready companion whose exemplary design, comprehensive safety features and unmatched versatility make it perfect for active and adventurous lifestyles."

...and suprisingly affordable :-)!
Saturday, 13 November 2004 16:25:16 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I thought the paste I did mentioned the fact that I'm speaking of the Mercedes SUV... you may have figured it, though.
Sunday, 14 November 2004 08:34:12 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Thanks Rich - the M-Series is kinda up there in the price deprtment for me, since I'd have to go with the V8 model, heheh. :) But that's a nice car for sure. I looked at some vehicles at a Dodge dealer on Saturday, and they have some (really) nice full-size trucks and the Durango SUV is pretty nice, as well. Definitely not economy cars, though. More like heavy gas users.

Not sure what else I will look at - I'll probably have to so something pretty soon though. Maybe I should go look at more Nissans. Dunno.

I'd love a new Mustang GT - but from a practicality standpoint, I think that's out of the picture.
Tuesday, 16 November 2004 09:15:20 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I'm with you on the Mustangs. Ford finally got back into the running after way too many years. But, yeah, not practical unless you dramatically alter your lifestyle, which, who knows? It could be good for you to go through life driving a Mustang and see who your friends really are -- the ones with trucks they let you borrow!
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