Friday, August 21, 2009

On its last wheel

Because we've just bought a new house (which we love) we've had to hold out on buying a new car. And because we have three kids now, I get to use the older 1992 car because it has about three inches more space in the back seat, not really enough room for three car seats, but if you slam the door hard enough they will fit somehow. Oh it's not that bad really. It has its minor issues like door handles falling off and oil leaking and burning (making a wonderful smell btw). The parking brake is loose, the windows won't roll down, the trunk is leaks rain water, and so on and so forth. At least the a/c works!
The other day I was driving the clunker (which actually isn't a clunker, it gets too good of gas mileage) and a loud noise popped out of the driver side tire well. The tire was fine, and after an inspection, Dave decided I have another two good weeks before the car won't turn anymore. Oh joy! Does this mean we can get a new car now? No, we'll keep patching it up like we always do. But secretly friends I have been looking at newer cars on-line and I need your help. I know some of you moms out there are priveledged to be out of the "car falling apart" phase and into the "just bought a new minivan phase" so tell me which cars you think are the most dependable/ best value and such. Even if you aren't one of those priveledged moms, you can still cast you vote as to which car you think is best for a 3 kid family.
So let me hear from you! I've been eyeing the Toyota Siennas but I want everyone's opinion since I am pretty darn clueless when it comes to car buying. Thanks for being my sounding board!

6 comments:

Cassidy said...

I'm all about Toyotas and Hondas. You can't go wrong. Except for the Toyota Rav 4, I don't really like those.

I hear bikes work great!hahahaha

Beth said...

buy something used- between 2-4 years that still has a manufacturer's warranty...

adventurousnielsens said...

Our Honda CRV gets AMAZING gas AND can fit 3 car seats in the back - we LOVE it =)

Stephanie said...

I'm with Cassidy. My family has always been about Hondas and Toyotas! They are great. We rarely had any problems with our cars and they last a very long time! I love them. My favorite at the moment are the Honda Pilots. I was able to drive my friends...they are lovely and have lots of space. I can imagine that would be a mother's dream....or mine! :)

Briana said...

Being a new owner of a Toyota Sienna... I have to say we love it! I looked at SUV's for a little while, but I'm a fan of sliding doors that can't open and smack cars next to you in the parking lot... much more convenient for me and my little ones. Just something to think about. We LOVE our van... if you have any more specific questions you've got my #!!

Mike and Andrea McEntire said...

Mike and I were also clueless. We've really liked our Dodge Neon and we've had great success in the past with the Japanese cars, Nissan, Toyota, Honda. Best of luck!