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03-12-2012 12:19 AM  6 years agoPost 21
Dood

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Wescanson

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Smart Car!
Have you ever seen Mike Fortin? He won't fit in a Smart Car.

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03-12-2012 12:25 AM  6 years agoPost 22
B.T.D.T.

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NY

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I went from a Yukon to a Toyota Sienna. The mini van had lots more room.

You can carry bikes in the back upright and lots of helis.

Not a 4x4 but this works for me.

The gas MPG between them was night and day.

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03-12-2012 12:47 AM  6 years agoPost 23
VKGT

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Sanford, NC

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If going that route, the FORD Flex is sooo sweet

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03-12-2012 12:59 AM  6 years agoPost 24
Mike Fortin

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USA

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After driving our Ford Explorer for the past few days I'm looking more and more at MPG, the Explorer is a gas hog.

Have Rotors, Will Fly!

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03-12-2012 01:03 AM  6 years agoPost 25
VKGT

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Sanford, NC

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What year is it? The new one gets 20/28

http://www.ford.com/suvs/explorer/

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03-12-2012 01:04 AM  6 years agoPost 26
WrenFlyer

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Mississippi

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VW Jetta Diesel wagon.....42-48 MPG!

Mr. Haney

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03-12-2012 04:13 AM  6 years agoPost 27
Machinehead01

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Lower Michigan

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Best bang for your buck...
Is definately going to be the Subies. Either the Outback or Forester as suggested. They really are 300,000 plus cars if there is decent maintainence used. I know there are those who say buy american(always was until my 1st Subie) but you can't beat the quality and economy of the Subies. It's no wonder we the big 3 can't compete, the only one that comes close is FORD.

Tom

"You judge according to the flesh; I am not judging anyone."

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03-12-2012 04:55 AM  6 years agoPost 28
tasmanian devil

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DeSoto,Tx.

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Hyundai Santa Fe,or Kia Sorento.Both roomy,good gas mileage,fold down rear seats for plenty of room.

I do'nt crash,I just rearrange parts.

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03-12-2012 10:32 AM  6 years agoPost 29
shawmcky

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Isle of Wight,United Kingdom

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Is the Volvo V70 diesel Wagon sold in the states?40 plus on a gallon easily,more on a run.My daughter has a 2009 Vw Passat diesel wagon,also a good car.

Team- unbiased opinion.K.I.S.S principle upheld here

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03-12-2012 11:48 AM  6 years agoPost 30
kurtk

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Fuquay Varina

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Is the Volvo V70 diesel Wagon sold in the states?
I don't believe so. Almost no diesel cars are sold in the US. Probably because of some EPA BS. I know there is significant demand for diesel cars here.

I think Mercedes and VW are the only new diesel cars (non-trucks) being sold currently. The Mercedes are extremely expensive.

It would seem a car getting 48mpg should be less of a pollution concern. Unfortunately, you can't apply logic to government.

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03-12-2012 03:09 PM  6 years agoPost 31
Rob43

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Midland, MI USA

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I can't believe how few domestic suggestions there have been. I've thought the Flex would be a good hauler. Living in Michigan, however, we need at least one four wheel or all wheel drive vehicle in our family. My Dodge Durango doesn't get good mileage, but it's been payment free for several years and hauls family and helis pretty well. The low fuel mileage might be a greta benefit if you don't pay more to purchase it than the cost of fuel you save. Plus, it's only a good deal if you enjoy owning it.

Rob

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03-12-2012 05:30 PM  6 years agoPost 32
Kevin Dalrymple

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Indianapolis

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Ford flex. It is fords little secret. It has and dose everything. The friends of mine who own them love them. And mike you will fit with your whole family.

As far as diesels go. VW has a suv with a V6 diesel plus a wagon. Both are pretty nice. BMW has diesels in there car and suv line up. I have driven the X5 3.5 diesel. Is as fast or faster than the standard 4.4 V8.

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03-12-2012 06:00 PM  6 years agoPost 33
bmapope

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TN

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2008/9 Ford Taurus X (crossover suv) bought my wife one and wish I could use it on the weekends! 20city/24+ interstate. Very roomy

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03-12-2012 07:35 PM  6 years agoPost 34
glover1482

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Flying Field

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Ford Transit Connect
This has been my toy hauler for the past two years, and it is my best one ever. I placed a shelf (board) above and between the rear wheels upon which I can put four helicopters. The shelf height is such that 90 size copters can ride there without touching the ceiling. My Mongoose with its tall landing gear and my planks ride on the floor. I unbolted the rear seats and store them in my shed. The rear seat attachment points make great bungee cord tie-down spots for the planks. There is room for 50cc length planks, and I have a 56" wingspan plank that I carry with wings attached.

22mpg around town and 26mpg when freeway driving. And being a tall guy, you will love the head room over the front seats. (My larger than you describe yourself to be ex-offensive lineman son easily fits in the pasenger seat.) I paid $22K new, and really like the backup alarm option.

The Transit Connect replaced an F-250 with Softopper bed cover. That worked, but not nearly as well. A surprise bonus is that when I place a "blue tarp" in the back, I can haul lots of "stuff" to the dump.

Fly safe, Glover

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03-12-2012 09:55 PM  6 years agoPost 35
Funknrock

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San Marcos, CA

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Toyota Tacoma 4dr with a shell!

love mine!

My crashes are cooler than your flying! ;^)

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03-12-2012 10:09 PM  6 years agoPost 36
ticedoff8

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Morgan Hill, CA. USA

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Get a Hummer H1. Screw the "little" cars.

Hummer:
No worries about your next crash - roll right over the little bastard.
Fly your helis anywhere you want to - the Hummer crushes trees, fences and most medium sized animals that might get in the way.
Gas mileage - Who cares? After the elections, when Newt wins, gas will be back to $2.50 a gal - he promised.
Nothing says "The Terrorists are winning" like buying a fuel efficient car. It is every Red-Blooded American's duty to burn as much fuel as possible.

Joking aside:
I have a Prius.
Seats two Raptor 90SE, flight equipment, 4 adults and a Class 1 hitch (1500LBS / 200lbs tongue weight).
And gets 45MPG.

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03-12-2012 10:54 PM  6 years agoPost 37
Kevin Dalrymple

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Indianapolis

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Did any one see on Top Gear when they had the Prius vs the BMW V8 M3? The BMW beat the Pirus on highway miles to the gallon.

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03-13-2012 01:20 AM  6 years agoPost 38
Alpine

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Lexington, Ky

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Vans rule for space !

Roberto Munoz
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03-13-2012 02:01 AM  6 years agoPost 39
Eury

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Dover NH

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I drive a 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium. I love it. Has a ton of room, and after putting on a $75 STI rear swaybar it handles well and rides well. Over the last 10k miles I've averaged 27mpg, there's nothing as big as this car that gets that kind of mileage in real life.

Nick Crego

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03-13-2012 03:15 AM  6 years agoPost 40
ScaleBrad

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Longwood, FL USA

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How about a Dodge Magnum? I own 2 of them. The SXT model with the 3.5 V6 is good on gas, lots of room, and ride nice. Really comfy on the highway too. Buy an '06 or'07 with the Mercedes Transmission and it's a nice ride. They stopped making them in '08. Only trouble is finding a clean one nowadays that hasn't been blinged out. Both mine are all stock.

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