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Tent for the liftgate of my minivan

I want to make a tent that goes over the opened lift gate (hatchback?) of my minivan. The ones I've seen are expensive, and I have an old tent, plus a couple of old tent flies and some mesh screen. The tent acts as an extension of the van and allows in air. Could also be used as privacy space for the camping potty. So, ideas and suggestions for making it as good as possible? Have you ever made your own tent? [more inside]
posted by theora55 on Aug 20, 2014 - 3 answers

What mini SUV/crossover/van has the best balance of comfort and size?

I'm looking to purchase a mini SUV/crossover/van that has a much more comfortable ride than my current 2008 Honda Fit, while still (hopefully) retaining some of the Fit's diminutive-ness. [more inside]
posted by argyle dreams on Feb 9, 2014 - 16 answers

What would be involved in converting an old SUV into an electric vehicle

This is just a thought experiment at this point, and probably will remain so. In the back of my mind I have the idea that when my old SUV finally gives up the ghost I might rip out the internal combustion drivetrain and convert it to an electric vehicle, possibly with a removable range-extender generator. Setting practicality aside for the moment, can you help me envision what this would involve? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jan 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Honda CRV: Road Noise for the Ears?

My trusty Chevy finally gave up the ghost after eleven loyal years, thus I am in the process of picking out a new vehicle and have focused my sights on the Honda CRV EX-L. While this model is ranked by many as best in its class, one continual complaint I keep reading is that it suffers from excessive road noise. I would love any input from CRV owners or those who have had experience in riding in Honda CRVs. [more inside]
posted by Atreides on Dec 29, 2013 - 15 answers

four wheels good, two wheels bad?

What's wrong with running my 4WD with the front wheels always engaged? [more inside]
posted by wilful on Nov 20, 2013 - 8 answers

How might I squeeze a little extra mpg out of my old truck?

I've become mildly obsessed with trying to improve the fuel efficiency of my old truck. I've already done all the basic things and I realize that I'm fighting physics at this point, but what else might I consider if I wanted to make a bit of a hobby out of it? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 19, 2013 - 28 answers

Clash of teh humble Cute Utes

Dear Car Shopper, what would You choose? RAV4 or Outback, new base models. [more inside]
posted by methinks on Oct 28, 2012 - 22 answers

Most cargo capacity for cross country move: minivan vs. SUV?

My girlfriend is moving from New York City to Miami for a yearlong clerkship. A one-way rental of an SUV or minivan seems to be our best option to move her stuff. What would have the most available cargo space? [more inside]
posted by theory on Sep 22, 2012 - 10 answers

3rd row car seat options?

3rd row seating/car seats in a mid-sized SUV/Wagon? [more inside]
posted by iamabot on Jul 18, 2012 - 11 answers

Any Advice on Buying a Cool Mom-Mobile?

Looking for a cool, tech friendly, roomy, family car. Help us find perfection, oh hive mind... [more inside]
posted by neurodoc on Nov 23, 2011 - 12 answers

Is an older 4runner a good adventure vehicle + daily driver?

What automatic used 4runner should I buy that will be best for both rugged roads and daily driving? Specific project plans inside... [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Aug 30, 2011 - 14 answers

Cheapest and best 4WD vehicle out there?

What is the vehicle for me at the convergence of cheap, reliable and easy to work on? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Aug 11, 2011 - 12 answers

Make a video about us -- but it has to be a NICE video

I'm trying to find a story about an SUV or truck company that allowed users to make commercials for their vehicles -- and people made some very negative ads. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Jun 9, 2011 - 6 answers

What Am I? Are There Others Like Me? Zoom.

Which vehicles are very similar to the Ford Flex? [more inside]
posted by TinWhistle on May 27, 2011 - 25 answers

SUV/Car Buying Help

Have a baby on the way and need a new or slightly used car or SUV. My preference is for an SUV and I would like to spend less than $17,000 in cash (after trade in, cheaper the better). We will be trading in a 2004 Saturn Ion, black, with 135,000 miles. Good gas mileage is a definite factor since we drive several hundred miles a week. Are there any great deals out there or any car shopping sites that explain my options best? Help! Thanks.
posted by Paalen on Mar 17, 2011 - 20 answers

To CRV or not to CRV?

Should I get a 2010 Honda CRV or a 2010 Toyota Rav-4? [more inside]
posted by wuzandfuzz on Oct 11, 2010 - 13 answers

Hyundai Tucson 2WD vs 4WD

When driving in all sorts of terrain which is really better in a SUV 2WD or 4WD? [more inside]
posted by sharkhunt on Oct 7, 2010 - 16 answers

Help my family find a good car!

Seeking used car advice! I'm looking to find a used SUV or wagon that can be used to transport lumber and the like occasionally but can also serve to transport the family, including baby, when needed. I've heard the Honda Element is good because the back seats are removable. Any other analogous vehicles? We don't want to spend more than @ 11k if possible, which is why the Element might be out. Please feel free to also refer to online guides where I might do research. My initial review is unfortunately turning up a lot of paid ads which aren't too helpful. [more inside]
posted by miss tea on Sep 25, 2010 - 13 answers

What's the best, sleep-able, road-trip car I can buy for under $3k?

What's the best, sleep-able, road-trip car I can buy for under $3k? [more inside]
posted by rolex928 on Sep 15, 2010 - 12 answers

Jeep Wrangler or FJ Cruiser?

Carshoppingfilter: Jeep Wrangler or Toyota FJ Cruiser? Please help this SUV newb pick a vehicle. [more inside]
posted by tryniti on Sep 14, 2010 - 13 answers

What kind of vehicle should we get?

I have to buy a new (used) vehicle but know little about whats out there, so lets hear your suggestions! [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody on Sep 2, 2010 - 16 answers

Used crossover suv under 20k?

Please help me pick a used car. [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx on May 28, 2010 - 21 answers

Help me buy a sweet 4x4 truck/SUV.

I’m considering buying a used truck/SUV but I’m confused by the dizzying array of options. [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip on May 27, 2010 - 29 answers

Turns out selling a car is a nightmare.

How do I ditch my old car without taking a bath? [more inside]
posted by zvs on May 22, 2010 - 18 answers

My car stinks and I can't blame it on other cars forever.

Should I bother fixing my catalytic converter? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Nov 17, 2009 - 10 answers

We are demographic freaks and need a larger vehicle

I have four kids and we our outgrowing our 1999 Mercury Villager minivan. Suggestions for something reliable and around 10-$15k (used)? Is there a database that lets me search vehicles by their interior footage? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Sep 11, 2009 - 21 answers

Whither Pacifica?

Does anyone have anything to say about the Chrysler Pacifica? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Anthropomorphism on Feb 7, 2009 - 10 answers

Rental cars for unpaved roads, Las Vegas

We want to rent a car in Las Vegas, and drive it on dirt roads in Arizona and Utah. What is the cheapest company that allows this (or who will be unlikely to notice we've been doing it)? Bonus points if they provide reasonably-maintained cars. Also, should we get a "Standard SUV" rather than "Mid-Size"? Do they use GPS tracking, and if so does it just check that we stay in permitted states, or do they also check that we stick to paved roads?
posted by thirteenkiller on Jun 2, 2008 - 11 answers

Should I bail out of my SUV now?

Should I dump my SUV? I have a 2006 Expedition, I've only put 12,000 miles on it since I purchased it new. My commute is 12 miles round trip and I only drive it in the winter and when it rains in the spring and summer, I bike on all other days. My concern is two fold. First, I am currently under water on my loan and will have to come up with around $5,000 on a trade or private sale. Second, if I keep the vehicle am I effectively throwing good money after bad, will this vehicle be unsellable / undriveable in a few years. I know that my question requires some prognostication, but I would appreciate some opinions.
posted by revan on May 23, 2008 - 27 answers

Do truck tuners and other supposed mileage boosting equipment work?

Does the Hypertech Max Energy Programmer really increase fuel economy for trucks and SUVs? If so, why do auto manufacturers not simply include them in their vehicles so as to beat out the competition? [more inside]
posted by tosteka on Apr 6, 2008 - 8 answers

Sell now or pay later?

My 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Ltd. is an unreliable, gas-guzzling symbol of all that's wrong with this world. At 78K it performs - the small errand here or the work commute there - but barely, sending warning signs all along that some bigger and more troubling defect is on the horizon. Does it make more sense for me to sell (or more likely) trade it in now while the resale is 5k (at best), or to continue to drive it while I (and it) can do so? [more inside]
posted by mizrachi on Mar 27, 2008 - 13 answers

Pontiac Aztek or Ford Focus

Currently I drive a 2000 Ford Focus and looking in to buying a 2001 pontiac aztek for $5700. I need some recommendations on it. [more inside]
posted by WizKid on Feb 26, 2008 - 25 answers

Accellerate/Coast method more fuel efficient than cruise control?

Question about cruise control vs. a special acceleration/coasting technique in terms of fuel efficiency. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Jun 14, 2007 - 11 answers

Getting better gas mileage out of a fuel hog?

Fuel economy filter: I drive a 1998 Dodge Durango, so I know my gas mileage is going to be low... But I was wondering if I use Mid-Grade or Premium gas if I'll be able to squeeze some more mileage out? [more inside]
posted by ganzhimself on Feb 7, 2007 - 19 answers

Help me find this fancypants cargo divider

Where can I find a cargo divider that keeps dog and luggage separate? [more inside]
posted by clearlynuts on Jul 10, 2006 - 3 answers

Tell me of the autos of your homeworld, Usul.

What do you dislike about your vee-hickle? [more inside]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe on Jun 12, 2005 - 27 answers

How do I find a vehicle based only on vehicle type and color?

CSI Filter: How do I find the person who hit my car given that it was a woman driving a blue SUV that hit my car in State College, PA at approximately 12:11 AM May 26th, 2005? [more inside]
posted by Fat Guy on May 26, 2005 - 14 answers

TV Stations and White SUVs

Why do TV stations (or any other news organization) have a fleet of white SUVs? [more inside]
posted by BradNelson on May 10, 2005 - 7 answers

My wife and I want a vehicle that will handle rugged logging roads.

SUVFilter: My wife and I want a vehicle that will handle the rugged (and worsening, now they are no longer maintained) logging roads in this province, as we head out for dayhikes and backpacking trips. We're looking at the Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute, Nissan Pathfinder, and Toyota 4Runner. Zoom, zoom inside... [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish on Jan 28, 2005 - 25 answers

SUV tax write-offs

I never understood how the "SUV as a business write-off" thing works. Can any tax-savvy folks explain to me how this saves you taxes or gets you a virtually free car? More >> [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Aug 4, 2004 - 10 answers

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