We own a 10-year-old Dodge Caravan, and an 8-year-old Honda Civic. Both have been pretty good cars, though lately the Caravan is starting to have mysterious things go wrong with its electrical system. Stranding us once (in Canada) and nearly stranding me the other day despite having a new battery and alternator since the Canada incident. So, it may be time to start shopping. Plus we might still be able to get a 2006 model year car.
Love the Civic. It’s the second Civic we’ve owned (the older one was totalled in a wreck or we might still have it). It gets great mileage and is very reliable. Trouble is, I’m a tall person and that thing sits low and I have trouble crawling into and out of it. Otherwise I’d happily go over to the Honda dealer and buy one to replace the Caravan.
We’d get an Odyssey minivan but really, we don’t need that big a car 99% of the time. I can rent a minivan when I need it. My next choice would be a Honda CRV but it’d sure be nice to get something with somewhat better mileage.
So - what would you folks suggest we investigate, given these parameters: Relatively high seating, very reliable, good mileage.
I’m still hoping we can find out the problem with the Caravan (motto: “Don’t laugh - it’s paid-for!”) but if we can’t I want to start car-shopping soonest. Perhaps the mere threat of being replaced will cause the Caravan to shape up
Are you willing to take another minivan? If so, I would suggest getting either a Toyota Sienna or Honda Oddysey, with the Honda being the better pick. My sister is on her second Oddysey and loves them.
Nope. DC-area traffic. I don’t want something that’s half wheels, half tank-tread, I want something that’s ALL tank-tread so I can run right over the top of those pesky cars stopped in traffic ahead of me, BWAHAHAHAHAHAAH
Kalhoun, Interesting suggestion on the Mini-Cooper. I could get one and be the really, really cool mom Has to be one of the ones with the stripy thing on top though!
FormerMarineGuy, all else being equal, yeah, I’d probably go straight for the Odyssey. If I can get some of the features (seating height, leg room) with better mileage than a minivan gets, that would be nice though.
Crazyjoe, thanks for the suggestions - I’ll look into those (Caliber and Compass).
A station wagon would be nearly ideal but those are harder to find.