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#93 of 122 Re: I'm going to chime in if I may. [boaz47]
Jan 16, 2009 (9:25 pm)
If I were you I would have bought the ugliest minivan possible, with a decent reliability rating, just to spite my son. That's just me, I'm evil that way. Luckily I don't have kids yet. Can't afford them and not ready for them.
#94 of 122 Re: I'm going to chime in if I may. [tankbeans]
Jan 16, 2009 (10:25 pm)
I can understand the SUV creeping forward at the stop light when I want to turn right.
However, there is a 99.9% chance there will be somebody bigger in front of you irregardless of what size vehicle you drive. My `Nox is no slouch in the size department.
#95 of 122 gargantuan SUVs
Jan 17, 2009 (6:56 am)
i had one, a beautiful Nissan Armada. Lost 5500 dumping it when prices spked to get a Honda Odyssey. I wish I woudl have kept it. the money I lost could have paid
off my home equity loan, and I would still be driving the best vehicle I have ever had.
I would gladly trade the $250 a month I save in gas/payment for the quiet ride the big SUV had. Minivans are practical, but they suck, its like driving a toaster oven.
#96 of 122 Sometimes owning big is needs based...
Jan 17, 2009 (8:28 am)
Look. I realize that based solely on being green that my owning an SUV may seem totally selfish. You know what? I don't care. While it is used largely for commuting during the week, the weekends bring out the reason we purchased it. We have three kids, a boat and a large extended family. While we could do with less size, it would cramp our ability to do what we do. Add to that the fact that the smaller CUV's and such actually could have cost no less than the same and often more than our Armada did to purchase, the ONLY deficit in ownership ends up being the gas mileage and my carbon footprint. The former is not but by 2-4 mpg and the latter is mostly when it is used in normal commuting. That said, if they start bringing out hybrid versions of big SUV's that don't cost thousands more than the regular version, I'm all in. For now, though, it is what it is. For the record, I replaced my '03 Expedition for my '08 Armada during the gas price crisis.
#97 of 122 Re: gargantuan SUVs [scottinky]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jan 17, 2009 (9:25 am)
Thanks for that report. At least you got a make/model that traditionally holds its value well so hopefully you'll do ok when it's time to trade.
Jan 17, 2009 (9:42 am)
doesn't really matter. i leased it through my business, and will be glad to walk away from it in 2 more years, from a fun to drive standpoint. Lets not kid ourselves, having had both an 08 Armada and now a minivan, the van kills the Armada in ease of use
and cargo hauling. getting in and out of that rig was a pain, and lifting my baby's car seat into the rear would have been a killer. storage behind the 3rd row seats couldnt accomodate a folded stroller or groceries like the van can, even when NOT folded.
I never had to haul more than 4 people so leaving the seats down in the Armada wasnt a big deal to me. If I were buying today, i would be getting a new Chevy Traverse, but when i buy next, I am getting a wagon.
#99 of 122 Re: I'm going to chime in if I may. [daddysangel]
Jan 17, 2009 (10:29 am)
I may be behind the times, but was is a 'Nox? I've never heard of it and I can't think of a car that would be abbreviated that way.
#100 of 122 Re: I'm going to chime in if I may. [tankbeans]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jan 17, 2009 (10:47 am)
#101 of 122 Re: Every SUV lover needs to read this story [gagrice]
Jan 17, 2009 (11:49 am)
My son did work a great internship last summer that required a dependable car and socked away about what I paid for the Mustang. He was willing to and did pay 2/3 of his dorm room upgrade this year and he bought himself a new computer for school. He treats it very different than his car. Nobody is allowed near it. And if a dvd of his gets touched, all hell breaks loose.
I find that I have to be the one who monitors the oil and coolant reservoir in his car. He did 9000 miles in the 10 weeks of summer and the car now has over 110k miles on it.
#102 of 122 Wouldn't do without our SUV
Jan 17, 2009 (5:47 pm)
I saw the thread titled, "Are you happy you didn't sell your SUV?" and had to chime in my 5 dollars worth.
We have a 2003 GMC Envoy that we bought for the following reasons:
a) Utility - haul a lot of stuff at times
b) 7 passengers (have had to use quite often)
c) Pull our road trailer
d) 4WD capability here up North, especially when it snows.
When the gas got high, some others around us were dumping their SUV's, buying a small car, and the bottom line was they lost money on the deal. I figured till I sold the SUV, and bought a small car, the savings in gas would never make up for what I would lose on the deal.
Besides ... the four reasons for purchasing the SUV in the first place, still hold true, so why the heck would I get rid of it.