- Aug 21, 2014
Picked up a 2005 Mercury Grand Marquise last week.
I don't think that there is a best car in the world. As the old saying goes, "If it has tires or tits, (testicles?) eventually, you will have problems."
I will say this about our Camrys. Except for when the battery died on our 15 year old Camry, it alway started and ran well. The same goes for our 1988 and 2014.
The 1988 Camry was totaled, but it had 130,000 + miles and still ran great. We sold the 2002 because we didn't need 2 cars.
I have no doubt that there will be deals to be had, and that goes for everything including vehicles etc.
OMG not a van !!!! Lol
I just really dislike working on those !!!! But with the 6.0 gas v8 they really last, like 300k +
Hey just load the van with clutter and walk away, storage complete
What year is your latest one?Jo and I have an outback 3.6. It is our fourth outback In 20 years.
Jo uses it to pull my 3/4 ton two-wheel drive Chevy with locking rear axle and muddies when I get stuck. The Subaru really does have fantastic four-wheel drive, I've taken it places I would never take a regular road car. I took the one we had before this down through the woods to my deer stand on my mom's farm which is not somewhere you would normally take a car. A tractor is borderline. That said, it is a Subaru which means it is a little bit flaky. The electronic center console was replaced under warranty but I'm not sure I trust it in the long term. The one we had before this suffered the dreaded head gasket failure common to Subarus of that era. The first two Subarus we got about 200,000 mi on them. That one I think died around 160 000. I do tend to flog the shit out of my cars though. They all see their red lines regularly.
The CVT transmission has been fine it doesn't bother me. I think they executed it better than others. 0 to 60 around 7 seconds I think. This is the 6 cylinder. it isn't quick but it's not too slow. Fuel mileage isn't great.
It's a good car Jo likes it fine. Good but maybe not great.
The Subaru really does have fantastic four-wheel drive, I've taken it places I would never take a regular road car...
2018. Last of the 3.6.What year is your latest one?
Yeah that's the same year as my 3.6. I think 2019 was the last year for it though, the new 4 turbo was introduced for the 2020 model year. I will say the 2020's ride and handle really nicely.2018. Last of the 3.6.
They went to a 2.5 turbo that is better in every meaningful way on paper, but I personally prefer a big old aspirated engine in something like this. I know the turbos have gotten really good and reliable, but I'm a little set in my ways.
I hear the new Bronco has some serious offroading chops. Be interesting to see when the time comes. But I don't think we will buy another Ford unless it's an F150. Just have had too many problems with them over the years.Subaru makes great AWD small / midsize vehicles (the Ascent is a full size SUV which also scores well) which are suited to many rougher roads and climates, hence why you see so many of then here our west in CO / OR / WA and so on. Subaru integrates a very good symmetrical AWD system with their various powertrains which perform really well in most situations. However for those who are on the extreme side of 4-wheeling, there is only one brand and that is TOYOTA. I am certainly no Toyota fanboy but gotta give credit where and when it is deserved when it comes to the most extreme off-roading demands and capabilities. In the mid-size truck world, the Tacoma is the reigning monarch and has been so for many, many years. The Tundra is a full-size BEAST but there are others out there which will give the Tundra a good run for the money but nothing really comes close to a properly set up Tacoma as long as constant towing/hauling is not high on the agenda.
A really good one to keep an eye out for is the now defunct FJ Cruiser. I don't like the way which it rides on highways much because of the shorter wheelbase and the body on frame design (much like the now antiquated looking 5th Gen 4Runner) but if your business is to go up and down rough & touch terrain like a burro (a pony in your case) not much else beats these Toyotas.