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Sunday January 06, 2002
08:45 PM

Cars continued...

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Went to the Chrysler dealer, test drove a PT cruiser. Hmm, what can I say...well, they look good anyway (*grin*). As we got out of the car my wife turned to me and said "Oh my god did that suck" and that was all the comment that was needed before we said cheerio to the bemused salesman.

As you can imagine, wagons are not exactly the most common type of vehicle. Volvo is a little out of our price range, as is BMW, Audi, Mercedes (obviously) and Lexus (again, obviously). Ford do have some wagons but they are Ford so we won't touch that subject.

So, amongst others, we test drove the Volkswagan Jetta/Passat and the Saturn LW3000. I have to say, derision aside, the Saturn LW300 was the best thing we drove all day - has a nippy V6 3.0 liter engine and loads of boot space for the dogs.

So we think we've found a winner. When it comes to personal car preferences I think it really boils down to whatever floats your boat and the Saturn seems to float ours nicely.

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  • Go to your nearest Volvo dealer and have a look at the Volvos just in off of a 3 year lease. They are generally around $20k and have ~30k miles and come with a warranty from the dealer and from Volvo. I own a '99 V70 which will be a common model on the returned from least lot these days. I take it in for service on the recommended milage points, get the oil changed regularly and I've *never* had a bit of trouble. I know they aren't the sexiest cars but for about the same price you'd spend on a new clunker y

  • I'm still driving my '92 Saturn SL2 and it has over 128K miles on it. That said, I've had few problems over the life of the car. I'm not amused by the fact that you need to replace Saturn parts with Saturn parts, even down to their spark plugs.

    I'm growing tired of my car (you try driving a manual through a 30 min. stop & go commute), but it is paid for and I'm looking at buying a house first... ;) Those 0% APR deals do look tempting.

    My thoughts are that my next car (besides getting automatic) wil