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Wheels.20

buying used

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{Wheels.20.54}: Kathe Nichols {kathe} Sat, 25 Mar 2006 20:47:58 CST (31 lines)

For insanely complicated tax reasons, we "had to" acquire another car
payment.  Our credit is not the greatest.. so we wandered off to the
local Kia dealer's "blowout sale", everybody financed, to get a
new(er) car for our 18-yr-old.

Since she's going to be heading out to college soon, she wanted
hauling capability (we lucky this is the sensible child, daughter #2
is going to want the Barbie Car).  No trucks available, but we looked
at - and drove - a Saturn Vue, a Hyundai Santa Fe, and a Toyota RAV4.

Everybody hated the Saturn.  Clunky transmission, and just generally
too heavy/overpowered for the way Tamara drives.  It felt like a boat,
and was ugly into the bargain.

The RAV4 has improved a lot since they first came out.  The interior
doesn't feel so cramped.  There's still a bit of road noise to be
heard in the back seat, but certainly quieter than the junker she's
been driving (1985 Chevy S-10).  Nice and light on its feet, smooth
steering.

The Hyundai would have been our first choice, except for the price
tag.  At about the same weight as the Saturn, it drove like a much
lighter car.  Almost all Hyundais have the "sportronic" transmission,
which lets you do *some* manual shifting.  That would have been nice
if she ever ended up back up here in the snow (she's headed for
college in Phoenix).  And there were still 3 years of the warranty
left.  But we just couldn't swing the payments.

So we got the RAV4, which she is quite happy with.  When she adjusts
to the automatic transmission, it'll be a good match, I think.  Now
all I have to do is figure out the insurance... <sigh>

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