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#523 of 562 Buy now or wait?
Mar 15, 2009 (2:24 pm)
I've already posted this in the Porsche forum but I thought I might get a little more visibility here. So....I'm looking at buying a new car. Here's my situation. I filed bankruptcy almost 10 years ago. The bankruptcy will come off of my credit history in June. My credit score right now is 734. Is it going to make much difference if I wait until July for that bankruptcy to clear on my credit report when applying for a loan? Will my score go up much? I'm just trying to decide whether to buy now or wait until July. Thanks for the help ahead of time.
#524 of 562 Re: Midsized crossover [exb0]
Mar 15, 2009 (4:26 pm)
Well it was a fun weekend shopping. On Saturday we went to a Toyota store to look at RAV4 and Highlander. The Highlander was dismissed before the test drive, because it is as big as a minivan. RAV4 V6 Sport was dismissed after the test drive, because it has a “bumpy ride of her father’s Subaru Impreza”. Next was the Toyota Venza. It was dismissed after the test drive because it looks and rides like an “overweight pig”. By this time kids started calling us because they were hungry. The salesman asked us to come back today, Sunday, to test drive the RAV4 Limited because it has softer suspension and nicer ride.
Today we drove the RAV4 Limited. Yes, suspension is softer, which means that it doesn’t handle as well and it has more body lean. However, one can still feel every road imperfection. Next, we test drove CR-V EX-L. What an amazing vehicle! It looks very nice inside, very comfortable with very good handling. It absorbed bumps better than the RAV4, while it corners with less body lean. Interior and ride reminds me of the previous generation Acura TSX. If RAV4 has interior and ride of a subcompact, CR-V is like an entry level luxury sedan. Oh, and the acceleration is normal. It’s not fast, it’s not slow, it’s just normal.
We were so excited about the CR-V that we took it home to show to our kids. They poop-pooped all over it. There is not enough leg room in the back, which is true, I am 6 1 and I couldn’t sit there without my knees touching the front seat. No DVD, no XM, no sunshade, seats don’t lean back far enough. They only want the minivan.
To make the long story endless, after all this drama we are back to were we started from, another Odyssey. However, she told me that in four and half years after kids go to college we are shopping again. Can't wait
#525 of 562 Re: Midsized crossover [exb0]
Mar 15, 2009 (4:51 pm)
We were so excited about the CR-V that we took it home to show to our kids.
I hope that the adults had some issues with the CR-V along with the kids. Otherwise, we'd wonder who was in charge of the family.
#526 of 562 Re: Midsized crossover [steine13]
Mar 15, 2009 (5:50 pm)
Also, the new CR-V and RAV4 both have standard stability control, which greatly reduces the likelihood of a rollover.
#527 of 562 Re: Midsized crossover [tallman1]
Mar 15, 2009 (6:25 pm)
LOL, sometimes I wonder too.
In all honesty, because of all the issues with our current van, we had to take my Acura TL on a seven hour road trip. By the end of the trip the kid behind me was in tears because he was so uncomfortable that he developed cramps in his legs.
I know our kids are spoiled, but if we can “buy” some piece and quiet on our many long distance trips, might as well.
#528 of 562 Re: Buy now or wait? [cliffsr]
Mar 15, 2009 (7:17 pm)
buy now or wait until July
Is there some urgency to buy now? July is just a few months away.
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#529 of 562 Re: Midsized crossover [exb0]
Mar 16, 2009 (6:50 am)
I think you are just in your minivan years, face it! Nothing beats one if you have 2 or more kids (not to mention their friends), and they will grow -- so if the CRV was uncomfortable now, it won't get better for them. After they are gone to college you can get the vehicle you really want. I really don't regret those years at all -- some of my nicest memories are minivan road trips. The time goes by faster than you think.
#530 of 562 Re: Midsized crossover [suydam]
Mar 16, 2009 (6:54 am)
Everything goes by faster than you think....
We were just out of minivan years and then had more family. I think we're on our last one but we'll see. There are loads worse fates than an Ody.
Mar 16, 2009 (6:59 am)
I second that. We got our 1st minivan in 1995 when child #2 was born. We still have the 2 kids, but are on the 3rd van. Just can't beat the utility value, especially if you do a lot of holiday and vacation travel like we do (even more so if your wife travels "heavy" like mine does!)
And each van was nicer/more comfortable/quicker (and more loaded) than the previous one (currently have a current generation Odyssey EX-L). Loaded up like an Acura.
It is a bit large for daily use, and we rarely need the extra seats at this point (but still nice when people visit). I am sure the room will come in handy next fall when child #1 goes off to college.
My wife has already said she wants something smaller (and non-vanish) when it is time to replace the Ody. Will likely be a cross-over type (or maybe a true station wagon like a Volvo). Don't need AWD, but we will want a wagon back for ahuling, and my wife does like sitting up a little higher. SOmehting the size of an Equinox would be about right.
#532 of 562 Re: van [stickguy]
Mar 16, 2009 (7:27 am)
We're on our third van as well. had the dreaded Windstall and when it started blowing up on us went to a plain old Accord which was fine but then had more kids.
We're on our second Ody but previous generation - an 04 EX.