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#21 Impatient1

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Posted 14 August 2016 - 09:16 AM

+1 on the skodas, a few of my friends have bought them and are very happy, plenty of space and good handling. Like pete said it really depends on what you need. Tow bar does come in handy worth think about.

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Posted 14 August 2016 - 04:51 PM

From experience the first thing to do is narrow the field with logical thought.

- what size car you need (more kids & related crap ?)
- 5 or 7 seats
- do you need off road ability, or just the surefootedness that comes with AWD
- do you need the ability to tow greater than 2,000kgs
- Petrol or Diesel

Answering these 5 questions will narrow the field that is available within your budget to a far more managable list.

 

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This is VERY good advice



#23 EJ101

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Posted 15 August 2016 - 05:07 PM

thing I found with most small SUV's is that they are underpowered. I took a Mazda CX3 for a test drive and that is its biggest drawback and that was without being loaded up for a weekend away. Styling and features are No.1.

 

Other choices.

 

Skoda Yeti. turbo diesel AWD. Quirky, good quality feel interior.

 

Hyundai IX35. I don't know what these have in them, but they seem to have some poke. I was going up Macquarie pass recently when I kept on hearing something behind me chirping it tyres non stop, then I see it accelerating up the hill to catch me and go past in the overtaking lane, my passenger was a scaredy cat, so I had to be good. I thought as it went past.......WTF!!



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Posted 15 August 2016 - 07:28 PM

Thanks for all of your suggestions and advice. You've given me a lot to digest.

 

Hope to start test driving soon!



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Posted 15 August 2016 - 08:35 PM

IX35, the only model in the Hyundai range to break from I _ _ naming convention (I20, I30, I45 etc)

Just add an X then turn the name badge upsidedown = SEXI

Bit of industry humour to be had by putting posters in dealerships upside down.

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Posted 16 August 2016 - 07:54 AM

Something i thought of when looking for mine was towing capacity, especially for the Z going to panel beaters ect. I ended up with a Subaru Forester XT. Has the turbo engine out of a WRX and can still tow about 1800kg breaked, but I think the newer ones can tow a bit more.


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Posted 16 August 2016 - 11:55 AM

IX35, the only model in the Hyundai range to break from I _ _ naming convention (I20, I30, I45 etc)

Just add an X then turn the name badge upsidedown = SEXI

Bit of industry humour to be had by putting posters in dealerships upside down.

IX35 is the only Hyundai i wouldn't touch, Having worked for Hyundai for a while i see a lot of issues with these cars.

 

In saying that every other Hyundai gets the thumbs up from me.

 

My first thought when you mentioned what you were after is the Santa fe.. Great car.

 

Or you could come into work and i can sign you up for a Levante! Spacious with plenty of power from the twin turbo 3.0 V6 with the econemy of a diesel.

 

$155,000 drive away. :) 



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Posted 16 August 2016 - 01:36 PM

I'm surprised the current generation Mazda 6 wagon hasn't been mentioned yet (petrol version). Super reliable, economical Japanese servicing costs and all the mod cons (well spec'd if you like it too). Barely a bad word said about them (diesel version is plagued with issues) and well within budget for a near new car.



#29 chris240

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Posted 16 August 2016 - 09:43 PM

Volvo xc60 or a v60 volvo diesel or the mighty 3 litre 6 , The build quality in these is superb. Service cost are fine and volvos are just that bit quirky, and have the adaptive cruise plus 1000 other driver aids. Look for one with a sunroof.
Also agree with Scott on the 2011 2012 rav4 V6 , rare car, look for a ZR6. Only glitch with this model rav is the annoying road noise and lack of insulation, and boring plastic interior.

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 09:49 AM

I'm surprised the current generation Mazda 6 wagon hasn't been mentioned yet (petrol version). Super reliable, economical Japanese servicing costs and all the mod cons (well spec'd if you like it too). Barely a bad word said about them (diesel version is plagued with issues) and well within budget for a near new car.


With identical twin boys on the way we are upgrading from a mazda3 to one of these shortly. The styling, interior finish and value for money are very hard to beat. For a medium sized car externally the interior space is big, I'm 6ft 3 and can fit in the front and rear very easily. The touring model with all the bells and whistles and leather can be had as an ex demo for high 30k.

#31 Cozza

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 01:22 PM

Congrats Gareth, sounds like you'll be a very busy man in the coming months.
My (unofficial) deal with the wife is that I buy another car for each child we have. I'm sitting on 3 currently.

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 05:58 PM

Forgot to add a Valiant VG series safari ...must have the bench seat.
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Posted 17 August 2016 - 06:34 PM

Also agree with Scott on the 2011 2012 rav4 V6 , rare car, look for a ZR6. Only glitch with this model rav is the annoying road noise and lack of insulation, and boring plastic interior.

Word of caution on the Rav V6 - they drink more than I do.
A lot of the guys at work reported 18-20/100 when we were running them as reps cars.

Possibly due to heavy footed operators, but.......

#34 EJ101

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 08:19 PM

Forgot to add a Valiant VG series safari ...must have the bench seat.

no shortage of room in those,

but even bigger 77 CL Wagon

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 10:59 PM

Something i thought of when looking for mine was towing capacity, especially for the Z going to panel beaters ect. I ended up with a Subaru Forester XT. Has the turbo engine out of a WRX and can still tow about 1800kg breaked, but I think the newer ones can tow a bit more.


What year is your car? My brothers g/f is looking at 2012/13 models and I don't know anything about them. Wondering if anyone here knows if they are any good as a small-mid size SUV?

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Posted 18 August 2016 - 08:26 AM

Word of caution on the Rav V6 - they drink more than I do.
A lot of the guys at work reported 18-20/100 when we were running them as reps cars.
Possibly due to heavy footed operators, but.......


18/20 per 100ks Wow, I can tow my 1.5t caravan and get 16/18. They must have been lead foots. They do go well 0-100 in 7 seconds.
I do cruise around town hence my fuel consumption figures of 10.5 /11.
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Posted 18 August 2016 - 03:27 PM

Forgot to add a Valiant VG series safari ...must have the bench seat.

 

+1 

I drove my VH Pacer to work today.

There's plenty of room for the wife and 3 kids!

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Posted 18 August 2016 - 03:37 PM

AU to BF Falcon wagon, preferably on gas would be the perfect family truckster.

 

Solid, parts are cheap and they go on for ever.

 

But I would also vote for any Valiant wagon from VE to the CM, preferably with an engine change to either E49+ spec on triples 265 or proper six pack on top of a 440.



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Posted 18 August 2016 - 07:31 PM

and George as you're no stranger to rust, you'll feel right at home with the Valiants.



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Posted 19 August 2016 - 07:39 AM

Lol....need to find a pic of my Old 69 VF valiant 318...nicknamed The Thunder Chicken !






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