Ok guys and gals I need some input. My parents want to trade in their 2001 minivan and get a station wagon. They've asked me to compile some facts and figures and report back to them. They're looking for a car that is less than 5 years old. They have a budget of about $10, 000. We have a dog and they do lots of road trips to places like Ottawa, down south or the west coast.
Does anyone have a station wagon? Do you like it or hate it? Any particular models to avoid or does it get high marks for comfort, reliability and fuel economy?
I bought a vw jetta wagon 2003 TDI 5 spd. I have 2 kids and a wife. There is enough seating in the front for 2, the back is good for 2 and maybe a small dog, or one and a large dog. Has a hatch back. More cargo space than the jetta sedan, and getts 45-48 mpg on average. It is a turbo diesel, goes 10,000 miles between oil changes. You might be able to find a used one for your budget. It doesn't lack power. Will run 70-80 mph all day long. gets about 550 miles to a fill up.
First mistake...$10,000.00 & 5 years old or less is not the kind of vehicle I'd want to send old folks down the highway in. There's not much chance that you'd find a manufacturers warranty with whatever vehicle fit your search requirements.
Mazda had a commercial on 680 NEWS recently for 0% financing on some models. Other Mfg.'s likely have the same deal.
I suggest that you folks re-think what is affordable. Breaking down in Bam Fork Idaho could get really expensive in a second hand car.
I personally think that a reasonable brand new car will always be more affordable over 10 years than someone elses left-overs.
P.S. .... Matt, aka Young Pup. A station wagon is a REGULAR car with a whole bunch of extra space in the back. Not something you're used to finding in a Focus, eh?
My dad upped his budget to $15,000. He'll never go for a new car. His logic is if you can get something that's nearly new and nicely brokin' in then you can save a few thousand dollars. My dad's all about saving money. My dad is also very handy so a manufacturers warranty isn't something he's too concerned about.
Thanks for you input so far. He was talkin' today about a Toyota Camry wagon.