I can't believe there are 3 recommendations for one of the ugliest things GM has ever made (equinox). If he's unsure of suv's/crossovers, that's the worst thing to use to convince him lol. I second the legacy or forester ideas. Awe is nice, subies are reliable, and look better than most of the bigger crossovers out there.
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its not much fun trying to argue with a wall.
I have thrown the idea around of a Vibe, I like them.
Don't know much about them though...like common issues, easy to work on, etc.
My best advice would be to do some reading on GenVibe.com
. I'm not too famliar with the 1st gen (2003-2008) Vibes, so I can't offer much specific help as far as they're concerned, but I do know that so far no one has reported any major issues with the 2nd gens (2009-2010). Only routine maintenance and they are quite a few owners who have 100,000+ miles on their 2009-2010 Vibes already.
Dave Z wrote:
Agreed. I really like the later Vibes...
Joe Schulte wrote:
You're gonna stick her in a Vibe you should really buy my wagon, plus it's delta-based
Every woman needs a Vibe
What about the MazdaSpeed 3?
Another vote for Subaru. The Outback or Forester would be your best bet for a small SUV. I could go on & on about how wonderful they are, I'm in love. Both of my Subarus were built in Indiana. The gas mileage is good, the AWD is beyond capable & they have a proven track record of lasting a very long time. If you can work on a car, then working on a Subaru isn't an issue at all of domestic vs. foreign. My husband has had no issues working on them & he's got a strong background of working on GM, mainly Pontiac. Just beware of the ratchet backing out to the frame rail when changing spark plugs lol
It's considered a Hatchback or Wagon, but how about a Pontiac Vibe? Very reliable... there are members on GenVibe.com that have 200,000, 300,000, even one guy with 400,000+ miles on his 2004 with little to no major issues.
I really like the vibe/matrix. It is funny you mention the high mileage vibes, since their odometer stops counting at 299,999 (what was toyota thinking?). I did read the 400,000 mile vibe thread recently. They get good mpg for a small wagon.
I have seen the new body style equinox for under $15k occasionally. It probably won't be awd for that price, but a fwd 4cylinder is rated at 32mpg hwy.
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I really like the vibe/matrix. It is funny you mention the high mileage vibes, since their odometer stops counting at 299,999 (what was toyota thinking?). I did read the 400,000 mile vibe thread recently. They get good mpg for a small wagon
Yep, it will be interesting to see if the odometers on the 2009-2010 Vibes also stop at 299,999...
The guy who started the 400,000 mile thread was nearing 500,000 miles at his last posting which was a while ago, so he's probably well over 500,000 by now.