Jeep or pickup truck or...?
August 26, 2013 2:09 PM Subscribe
We need to replace our Subaru, and my wife and I both want to have something rough and tumble and fun to bounce down the road in. Help us find the right car, please!
posted by sleevener to travel & transportation (21 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Several factors are involved:
1) Price -- we don't have our financing lined up yet. We're going to go to the credit union for a car loan, but I don't think we can swing a payment of much more than $120/month. Assuming a trade-in value of ~$2500 for the Subaru (is that too optimistic, by the way? Kelly Blue Book has it at $2748), that puts the purchase price at around $10,000 max.
2) Size -- we have a small garage, and the Subaru Legacy wagon fits snugly. The next car will have to be around the same size, and certainly not more than ~6" additional length or width.
3) Reliability -- we don't drive very much, and neither of us commutes by car, we just go to the beach and the mountains and the grocery store and occasionally New York City. Nevertheless we want a car that won't break down on us every month. The Subaru, though supposedly built by a reliable manufacturer, has been in the shop constantly, which is part of why we have so little money right now. We want to be done with that, if possible.
4) Fun -- This might conflict with item 3 above, but to me "fun" means a rickety old 3-speed rustbucket with a hole in the passenger seat floorboards through which the road can be seen. I'm willing to compromise and get something that has airbags and antilock brakes. For what it's worth, the Subaru was never "fun." It was more like, "oatmeal."
Given the criteria, my two first choices would be a Jeep Wrangler or a Toyota Tacoma (maybe a Toyota FJ Cruiser, but it's a bit too bulbous.) I'd be fine with an older model year on any of those, but if we go back to a year we can afford, are we just asking for more repair woes? I'm hoping for reconsideration, confirmation, affirmation, creative financing ideas, or make/model/year alternatives which I have not yet considered. Thanks for any and all help.