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  1. TheDerpWeb White Belt

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    wtf is a casem?

    Plus, I'm smart and well off, so never a need to worry.
     
  2. Smoke Detector Battery Titanium Belt

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    I bought a Lincoln Aviator 5 yrs ago for my wife because we needed 3 rows of seating and 4WD (the city rarely plows our street, my wife would be lost without the 4WD). Plus it was really cheap. I would never do it again, i would just buy a Subaru or possibly the new Explorer.
     
  3. Smoke Detector Battery Titanium Belt

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    LOL - cool story bro. Dick swinging 101 class just start this semester?
     
  4. Doughbelly αlpha-nerdette, action scientist

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    The SRX is too heavy for its slightly inadequate engine, the handling was meh, interior was hard, chintzy and unintuitive. Basically, everything the SRX does, the Lexus RX does better. Come to think of it, the new Kia Sportage does everything better.

    But personally, I don't like compact SUVs. What you're getting in the Q5, for example, is just a heavier, lifted A4 wagon with higher center of gravity and worse handling/acceleration.

    How is VW "luxury class"?
     
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    It's never ended bro.
     
  7. SevenSamurai Silver Belt

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    If you need 4WD -I see the reasoning for an SUV. The SUV that has impressed me lately is the new Ford Explorer. It drives like a damn luxury car -I don;t know how they accomplished htis. Ive rented several this year.

    however -i always laugh at people trying to get their kids in baby seats in an SUV -when if the had a minivan it would take 1/8 of the time and anguish.

    Minivans are awesome -they just aren't cool.
     
  8. wlu29 Banned Banned

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    it only takes me 2 minutes in winter with my 20 month old in full snow suit to put into the baby seat in the q5

    you can make fun of the car by saying it's a chick car (which i kind of agree with, because my wife mainly drives it) but the baby/car seat thing, i just don't get
     
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    I've always like the BMW SUVs but could never justify the price tag.
     
  10. Smoke Detector Battery Titanium Belt

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    Yup - I rented an Explorer too and in addition to what you said ^^^ they are great on gas. The Aviator was the highest depreciating car and I bought mine used (20,000mi). The value was ridiculous and it's worked out well but i would never do it again -- It's a truck FFS. The advantage over the minivan is larger wheels, 4WD and towing capacity. If you don't need that then SUVs are a waste.

    We did a west coast trip this summer and had an Outback. Would seriously consider it.

    My old company had a Ford Windstar and that thing was great.
     
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    The sliding door on a minivan is infinitely more practical for getting kids in baby seats as opposed to a hinged door. Agree with Seven on this one.
     
  12. SevenSamurai Silver Belt

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    I don't care about chick car versus manly car BS. I just am talking basic functionality. You must not have tried both to see the differences -It's significantly easier because of the low floor and high ceiling -plus sliding door.

    I still own one to haul boats and kayaks -but don't drive it regularly.
     
  13. Doughbelly αlpha-nerdette, action scientist

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    Overpriced, I get. I've just never associated luxury with VW. When I do think of the two words together, I think Phaeton and its W-12.

    From the list that you linked, I'd go with the Infiniti FX long before any if the others, if you're into the whole luxury branding thing. I haven't driven the FX but the last two rental Infinitis I was in were nicer than their competition. Esp the German makes.
     
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    My wife has an SUV and I've never seen any problem getting kids in a car seat. I can see where the slider would be easier in a parking lot where space may be limited to open the door. Of course, nothing seems impractical for me. When my oldest was born, I was still driving a Jeep Wrangler. Talk about a pain in the fooking arse. You had to climb in the back seat to get the kids buckled up.
     
  15. SevenSamurai Silver Belt

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    I like Outbacks and Foresters -If I lived in Colorado I probably would own one.

    That new explorer is impressive -the only thing I didn't like was the Resistive Touchscreen -which is annoying compared to actual buttons or Capacitive touchscreen
     
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    Exaclty ^^^.

    Plus you are not squeezing between the door and the SUV while handling the kid. It was a bit of a pain when our kids were smaller. Now I just tell them to get their collective asses into the SUV.
     
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    We don't run into that too often. She's got a Kia Sorrento, so it's not a bus like a Suburban or something along those lines. She would never be able to drive something that big. We just needed to get something with 4WD for our driveway in the winter and she liked the Kia. And yeah, our kids are 8 & 5 so it's get your asses in the car and buckle up for them as well.
     
  18. Doughbelly αlpha-nerdette, action scientist

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    Considering that they make minivans with AWD these days, you have even less reason.

    I had a salesman try to pitch an SUV to me when I was car shopping last year, along with the whole adventuresome spiel. I turned it around on him when I told him that SUVs made sense to me when I lived in Africa but I didn't see the need for high ground clearance in fucking Korea.
     
  19. JonesBones Excuse my contraflow

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    Buy Asian. That's all I gotta say.
     
  20. Doughbelly αlpha-nerdette, action scientist

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    Do you use the third row?

    Against my better judgment, I rented a Suburban for a group trip once. Less than a day later, guys were bitching about getting into the back row. I'm thinking, "I fucking told you we should have just rented the damn minivan."
     

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