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#85 of 94 Re: If $4.50 gas puts you in a teeny 4 Banger today - [jchan2]
Jun 29, 2008 (3:26 am)
I heard yesterday that the Jeep Patriot is selling strong. It gets 24 mpg, and costs $17,000.
Like you said, people are downsizing from mega-SUVs to smaller ones, not all the way to compact cars.
#86 of 94 Sign of the times...
Jun 30, 2008 (8:22 am)
...saw a man talking on his cell phone while pedaling his bike oblivious to the 1988 Buick Park Avenue slightly behind and to the left of him.
#87 of 94 Re: Sign of the times... [lemko]
Jun 30, 2008 (8:42 am)
That is just too funny, sad, ironic... It certainly says something about the strangeness of the world today.
#88 of 94 Greater than 5
Aug 29, 2008 (9:02 am)
This seems a proper place to post this. Is this list complete? Criteria is new automobiles with available seating for more than 5, excluding pick-ups and full size vans.
GMC Yukon/Yukon XL
Chrysler Town & Country
Dodge Grand Caravan
Ford Expedition/Expedition XL
Ford Taurus X
Toyota Rav 4
Hyundai Santa Fe
Kia Sedona/Sedona SWB
E Class Wagon
Land Rover LR3
#89 of 94 Re: Greater than 5 [mattandi]
Aug 31, 2008 (11:12 am)
You forgot 6 passenger sedans, like the Impala, Lucerne, DTS, Town Car, and Grand Marquis, even though the last 2 are discontinued.
#90 of 94 Re: Greater than 5 [jchan2]
Sep 01, 2008 (8:35 am)
If the last two are discontinued, what is coming out of St. Thomas, Ontario?
#91 of 94 Re: Greater than 5 [euphonium]
Sep 01, 2008 (8:45 am)
Edmund's shows a listing for the Grand Marquis and Town Car for 2009, so they're going to be with us for at least another year. They don't show a Crown Vic though. I'm pretty sure it's still available, but only to fleet buyers like police agencies, taxi companies, and rental car companies.
I don't know if they're still building it, but there used to be a long wheelbase version of the Crown Vic that was built for taxi service They added about 5-6" of wheelbase to it, all of it in the back seat area. Must have made for a roomy car. Shame it wasn't offered to the general public. There was also a lengthened version of the Town Car, but I don't think they're still building it. The Town Car's extra length was also all in the back seat area. However, I think with the Town Car, they made the B-pillar thicker, but used normal sized window glass for the back doors, whereas the Crown Vic had a normal B-pillar and a longer roll-down rear window.
I wonder how long they'll keep these things in production? They're really not that popular with the general public any more, but are still a favorite among taxi drivers and police officers. The FWD competitors just can't take the beating that the Ford Panther body can, and even when the Panthers do break, they're usually not that expensive to fix.
#92 of 94 Re: Greater than 5 [euphonium]
Sep 01, 2008 (8:53 am)
Hmm.. Good question.
I just thought they were discontinued since the local Lincoln-Mercury dealer stopped running screamer ads for deals on brand new Grand Marquis and Town Cars.
They've switched to the MKS for their screamer bargains...
I will say, though, that the Extended Town Car had quite a bit of legroom...
#93 of 94 Re: Greater than 5 [jchan2]
Sep 01, 2008 (8:58 am)
John Edwards would agree with you.
#94 of 94 Re: Greater than 5 [jchan2]
Sep 02, 2008 (9:40 am)
My oversight. We are not considering larger sedans. Certainly they may appeal to others though.