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  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,859
    The discussion is still listed as read only and archived.
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    it rolled back into the archives automatically overnight. I posted in the discussion so the auto-sweep won't tag it again.
  • My wife and I recently adopted a 14 month girl from China. We may add another child in a few years so we are looking to get a wagon to replace a very tired Geo 1994 Prizm I've had since college.
    I am looking for some feedback on our situation but I'm unsure if it should be in the "Help me choose a Wagon" or "Ford Focus vs all other wagons" thread or perhaps a new thread?
     
    I am very interested in the 2004 VW passat GL (or GLS) since it has gotten such good ratings and appears to have a lot of for which we are searching (styling, mpg etc). With good preparation, being frugal with the options and not going for the V6 I believe we can lower the price to - say low-mid $20K. The twist is that my wife's brother works as a mechanic for a Ford dealership and we qualify for the Ford's D-plan savings. We are also therefore looking at the 2004 Ford Focus ZTW for which since we could afford a lot more options would likely come to the ~$17K, I believe. Although Consumer Reports likes it (but below VW Passat) and I have seen a number of other decent reviews for the Focus, I have also seen/heard a few things that concern me - past reliability and the true cost to own among others.

    I am unsure if this a "no-brainer" and I am unconsciously (or consciously) trying to not like the Focus for past transgressions.

    Advice and insight from this community would be helpful.
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    And congratulations on your new family addition. What a treasure!

    I would start in the "Help Me Choose A Wagon" discussion. As you get input from various folks, you can then go to the vehicle-specific discussions like the Passat or the Focus.

    Good luck and congratulations once again.
  • Thank you. That discussion is still read only however.
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    Enjoy!
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,859
    Have an 04 Jetta Wagon with some issues. Please reopen Jetta Wagon discussion.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    VW Jetta wagons are back... also consider checking the Volkswagen Jetta Owners: Problems & Solutions discussion as well.

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  • Hi - I'm looking at a yellow Ralliart wagon and was hoping for some updated discussion on this vehicle. Thanks!
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    It has been resurrected :) keep in mind, a lack of activity will send it back into the abyss...

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  • mballmball Posts: 1
    I recently bought a used 2003 LW 200 wagon with ECOTEC 4 cylinder with 64K miles for business. While the gas mileage has been less than expected, avg. 23-24 mpg., generally the car is comfortable and accomodates anything I need to put in it. After driving it less than 500 miles, the "check engine" light lit up. According to Saturn, the problem could have been just a faulty gas filler cap because the light went on and off over the course of the next few weeks. I drive a lot on business, and scheduling a service time was not an option until the end of the month. Now, at 71K miles, I need to replace a fuel pump. No big deal usually in most cars, but on the LW 200, it necessitates removal of the fuel tank, part of the exhaust, and part of the rear suspension, approximately $160 + tax in labor alone at my local mechanic. Add to that the cost of a Dealer Only fuel pump at $302, and I am now faced with a $600 + repair, not to mention the $93 towing bill that the fuel pump failure caused by stranding me in the middle of nowhere 45 miles from home. With only a 3 yr/36K total warranty on the vehicle, anyone considering this car who drives more than 12K a year should take the extended warranty, irregardless. A fuel pump replacement alone is more than the cost of the extended warranty.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,994
    Hi mball - since this is the "Lost in Town Hall" discussion, I assume you're looking for an appropriate discussion. You might try our Saturn Problems topic if you want to talk to other owners.

    If you need more help finding your way around, just let us know.

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  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    Please reopen the Lancer Sportback forum. Thanks.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    On my to-do list - I'll report back!

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  • . . . . so think it's time to reopen a V50 thread.

    Just scanned the "old" s40... and v50 archived threads and found them out of date.

    I leave it to hosts to decide what goes where, but please let me know, as after I take delivery in Sweden in October may have some war stories.

    Cheers H
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,994
    Lancer Sportback and Volvo V50 discussions have been reactivated.

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  • I would like to examine any discussions of points to consider in purchasing a used Volvo 850 wagon or V70 wagon. Which would be the better used vehicle to buy and why?
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Hi John

     

    You probably want to read through these discussions:

     

    Volvo 850 Wagons

    Volvo V70 Wagon Experience

    Volvo V70 / XC70

     

    You should get some good ideas from the current owners of those vehicles there.

     

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  • benabbenab Posts: 1
    Hope to see Chevrolet, Buick, etc., bring back the Chev. Celebrity Eurosport wagon and the Buick Century wagon and the Pontiac version as well. Great vehicles! I have a Ford Focus wagon and love it, but need something bigger. The Ford Taurus wagon is decent enough, but it can be a bit pricey and the styling is confining since Ford has no other U.S. competition in this market. If GM & Chrysler get back to making mid-size wagons, Ford will probably adjust their price and styling to remain competitive.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Our Escort wagon discussion has been closed for about a year and a half, but you can still read through it and see if anyone has had similar issues. Here's the link for that:

    Ford Escort Wagon (All Years)

     

    You may also want to stop in the Maintenance and Repair Board and look for appropriate discussions there.

     

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  • hoxhox Posts: 24
    I'd love to see a comparison started up of various near luxury performance wagons. Some of the wagons that would fit are the Outback XT, Legacy GT, the Volvo v50 t5 awd, bmw 325x (awd), Dogde magnum and I'm sure there are others. Most of these are relatively new cars with limited histories and we need to here from the new owners as well as those who are making a decision. I am in fact doing this analysis myself right now preparing for a lease to end.

    Is this a new comparison discussion?

    Hox
  • hoxhox Posts: 24
    Kcram,

    Any response to my inquiry on a Wagon comparison???

    hox
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Hasn't been enough of a call for comparison discussions like we have in Sedans. At this point, you can start one, but if it doesn't generate sufficient traffic, it will likely get closed by the system.

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  • carquerycarquery Posts: 35
    Hi,

    I'm looking to trade-in my mid-sized SUV since I find I'm using it 85% of the time in city driving and the mileage (15-16mpg with premium) is a major bummer. However, I do like the spaciousness of the cabin and the roominess in the back seat, which makes a big difference with two car seats in the back. My wife's Outback Legacy feels very cramped with the car seats and is really too small for me in the front (I'm just about 6'0"). I thought about the Scion Xb, Honda Element but have safety concerns with all of those. Can anybody recommend a roomy wagon that gets good mileage (24+ in the city) that also has good safety features.

    Any input would be most welcome.

    Thanks!
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 7,084
    A good place to start would be to copy and repost your question in the Help Me Select a Wagon discussion. You should get some definite opinions on a wagon to fit your needs, and then you can dive into the discussions on any specific wagons you want to take a closer look at.

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  • jmatherjmather Posts: 1
    i have a volvo 940 2.4tdi can any- body tell me were the adjustment is on the alternator
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 7,084
    Thre hadn't been a lot of activity in the 940 discussion, but I've moved it back to the active baord so you can repost there. Here's a link:

    Volvo 940 Wagon

    But since that topic has been out of sight for a bit, you might also consider posting your question over in the more general Got a Quick, Technical Question? discussion.

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  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 7,084
    Posts that were made here about Ford Escort wagon problems were moved to the Ford Escort Wagon (All Years) discussion. You may continue there.

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  • Is there a general thread with real world MPG reports of various wagonoids?
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 7,084
    If you're looking for an MPG comparison type topic, we don't have a discussion like that going on. You'll certainly find discussion of the mileage that various wagons are getting within the main discussions about each wagon.

    If you use the Search Forums tool in the left sidebar, you could, for example, search in the text of the posts for "outback mileage" and you would get a list of posts where those two terms are used in each post.

    Since it really sounds like you're after a comaprison topic, I'll start one up so we can have folks start discussing their results. Here's a link to the new discussion:

    MPG: Real World Numbers for Your Wagon

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