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Very nice van! Looks great!

What made you decide to go with a Van as opposed to a SUV such as a Tahoe or Expedition?
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You guys are doing it wrong... now THIS is a van:



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Goes through Civics like butter.

Best part though - if you looked hard enough, you could find them with a 5-speed manual!

Yeah I had an 89 one; it was a fucking piece of shit mechanically BUT it was a yacht inside. Interior = comfortable.

It also had a tendency to stop runaway Civaks (mom was at a stop sign, saw one barreling towards here from behind, had no where to go so she mashed the brakes, e-brake... Civak crashed into the rear then bounced back all crumpled).

This is the only morally acceptable Mazda MPV
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What made you decide to go with a Van as opposed to a SUV such as a Tahoe or Expedition?

Fuel consumption?
Weight
Interior space and goodies?

There are probably more reasons too.
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Very nice van! Looks great!

What made you decide to go with a Van as opposed to a SUV such as a Tahoe or Expedition?

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Fuel consumption?
Weight
Interior space and goodies?

There are probably more reasons too.

What he said.

Also, why should I pay more for something less convenient and less space to try and look cool and not have the minivan / soccermom stigma - people with SUVs aren't fooling anyone, a minivan would've done the job 10 times better for less.

We paid ~$29,500, if we got an SUV, all we would've gotten was a loaded Escape/Equinox/Sportage that only seats 5 or a base model Ford Flex with none of the goodies. They also have less interior space, have a higher loading area and no sliding doors.

The sliding doors are what makes minivans the best for families. People here can't park and getting an infant carrier in and out of the car in tight parking spaces gets annoying with normal doors. Also when the kids are older you don't have to deal with the kids dinging other cars.
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I realize that, but "routan" still sounds funny to me

What's with parents and the need for huge vehicles these days btw? Minivans etc. Over here, you need at least a big ass station wagon. My mom had a Beetle.
Nazi-like safety regulations that not only require overly engineered car seats for infants, (which often take up more than their share of backseat room) but also booster seats for older kids up to a certain age.....and everyone riding in the vehicle has to buckle up.

How did previous generations not become extinct?
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Yup. I went to test drive the new GTI for shits and giggles... crunched numbers with the sales guy... he told me that he had barely any room to move on the GTI. The Routan; they were giving those away.

Sure you did. I'm sure they did. I'm sure they are.

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With the 5spd SS and all that stuff, was AWD available? I'm thinking with 290hp, FWD would be ridiculously nose-heavy, no?

What on god's green earth does horsepower have to do with being "ridiculously nose-heavy"?
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affordable and fairly readily available.
i'd rather take a fuji or 3rensho but the good ones are a pain in the ass to find.
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What he said.

Also, why should I pay more for something less convenient and less space to try and look cool and not have the minivan / soccermom stigma - people with SUVs aren't fooling anyone, a minivan would've done the job 10 times better for less.

We paid ~$29,500, if we got an SUV, all we would've gotten was a loaded Escape/Equinox/Sportage that only seats 5 or a base model Ford Flex with none of the goodies. They also have less interior space, have a higher loading area and no sliding doors.

The sliding doors are what makes minivans the best for families. People here can't park and getting an infant carrier in and out of the car in tight parking spaces gets annoying with normal doors. Also when the kids are older you don't have to deal with the kids dinging other cars.

Right right, the prices of SUVs are quite inflated...

Well I'd assume you don't live in areas where you need 4x4 or need to tow anything
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It snows here but I've never had trouble getting around with FWD, we also have a 2000 Exploder Limited 4x4 too. We don't need to tow anything that'll exceed the vans capacity.
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It snows here but I've never had trouble getting around with FWD, we also have a 2000 Exploder Limited 4x4 too. We don't need to tow anything that'll exceed the vans capacity.

Ah gotcha, yeah having two trucks would be kinda stupid...and kinda hickish
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Do I really need to repeat myself here? SVX's weren't known for their prowess. At all. The trannies were made of broken glass, "shift kit" or not.

"Stage 2" meant what? A ebay muffler and cai? Again, it's not saying much that you beat a SVX.

Do you have autism? That wasn't the point.

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If this thing is based off the Caravan I am sorry. You should see if they will trade you back your HHR. I've logged about 10,000 miles in an '09 Dodge Caravan as that's our company car. All of them were dreadful and it certainly isn't getting any better with age.
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so you bought a chrysler for a lot more money? hehe.

A friend of mine works as a tech for our local VW dealer - says the techs _hate_ those things. Not because they're poorly designed or hard to work on, but because it required techs who wanted to work on them to buy a bunch of chrysler-specific diag tools just for that one model.
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so you bought a chrysler for a lot more money? hehe.

A friend of mine works as a tech for our local VW dealer - says the techs _hate_ those things. Not because they're poorly designed or hard to work on, but because it required techs who wanted to work on them to buy a bunch of chrysler-specific diag tools just for that one model.

No. I bought a Chrysler for a lot less money. Chrysler and Dodge inventory around here are scarce and all Dodges minus the R/T have cloth seats vs the leatherette of the Routan for the same price. Chrysler financing was 0% for 60 months, VW was 0% for 72 months on top of the $4500 off MSRP we got.
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