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#31 natty

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 03:41 PM

My wife has been driving a Tuscan for about a year now and loves it.  I work in the auto industry and everyone that I asked recommended Hyundai if it's going to be a car you're keeping for a long time.  The warranty is kick ass.



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 05:02 PM

I love my subaru. The Forester would be a great option.


I second this motion.

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 06:40 PM

My wife has been driving a Tuscan for about a year now and loves it.  I work in the auto industry and everyone that I asked recommended Hyundai if it's going to be a car you're keeping for a long time.  The warranty is kick ass.

 

Hell yeah, I've been selling Hyundai's for 7 years. We have the highest owner satisfaction and loyalty of any brand.

 

These cars are legit...just have to overcome their past when they were pieces of poo that sold for 5k new back in the late 80's.



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 07:07 AM

Thanks for the info

Is there are a good bit more space in the Rogue compared to your Altima? 

When the seats are down, there was a good amount of storage room in the 2008.  Like I bought an ENTIRE bedroom kit from ikea and fit everything but the mattress in there.  I thought the mattress was flat, but it was a tube, and I could have done that. Random advice:  Don't buy the IKEA foam mattress!

 

Now I can't speak for the new Rogues, but the 2007 (which didn't change until this new model) had decent room in the seating area.  I could sit in my fairly deep driving position, and had no real issues with passengers complaining about space behind me.  Though I will say I don't find there to be that much room inside a SUV compared to a car.  Only if you need vertical space behind the seats.  

 

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This summer, went on a family vacation with the Altima.  Tons of room in side, had everything for a 14 month old, my over packing wife, and my small amount of stuff with room to spare.  My Bro-in-Law and Parents-in-Law both have Rogues (we could have had a trifecta had I kept mine...), and while they were able to bring bigger items, they all had to fold their seats down, and deal with cargo in their faces or almost 3 year old's face.  I smiled to myself because we got everything we needed in the car, and I got nearly 10 more MPGs!

 

Back to Rogues.  In the two years I owned the car, I never had a mechanical or electrical problem.  It has one of the best bluetooth systems I've had in a car.  The new Nissan system I have is really inconsistent.  I was hoping for a repeat of the working system.  The Bose system was really great in the Rogue as well.  Again, I would have kept the car if it milage hadn't been so bad.  But then again, I only had it for two years.

 

I do not envy having to go through all of the opinions, and I hope that my opinions are helpful.  You've just go to look at the history of the models you're looking at, and drive them multiple times.  I knew with my Altima after the first 5 minutes, I really liked the car.  Not a race car, but the rear end does like to play a bit (ok...maybe terrible wording there, but the car turns very well).  Great milage, love the stereo, and so far it's been a very reliable car (knocking on wood).

 

Good luck to you!  Just make sure its the right car for you and your family.  If I was buying for an active family in the early 00s, I still love the old Xterras.  Cool looking, roomy, neato-Tough touches, but crap on gas and horrid interiors.



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 08:32 AM

When the seats are down, there was a good amount of storage room in the 2008.  Like I bought an ENTIRE bedroom kit from ikea and fit everything but the mattress in there.  I thought the mattress was flat, but it was a tube, and I could have done that. Random advice:  Don't buy the IKEA foam mattress!

 

Now I can't speak for the new Rogues, but the 2007 (which didn't change until this new model) had decent room in the seating area.  I could sit in my fairly deep driving position, and had no real issues with passengers complaining about space behind me.  Though I will say I don't find there to be that much room inside a SUV compared to a car.  Only if you need vertical space behind the seats.  

 

Long part:

This summer, went on a family vacation with the Altima.  Tons of room in side, had everything for a 14 month old, my over packing wife, and my small amount of stuff with room to spare.  My Bro-in-Law and Parents-in-Law both have Rogues (we could have had a trifecta had I kept mine...), and while they were able to bring bigger items, they all had to fold their seats down, and deal with cargo in their faces or almost 3 year old's face.  I smiled to myself because we got everything we needed in the car, and I got nearly 10 more MPGs!

 

Back to Rogues.  In the two years I owned the car, I never had a mechanical or electrical problem.  It has one of the best bluetooth systems I've had in a car.  The new Nissan system I have is really inconsistent.  I was hoping for a repeat of the working system.  The Bose system was really great in the Rogue as well.  Again, I would have kept the car if it milage hadn't been so bad.  But then again, I only had it for two years.

 

I do not envy having to go through all of the opinions, and I hope that my opinions are helpful.  You've just go to look at the history of the models you're looking at, and drive them multiple times.  I knew with my Altima after the first 5 minutes, I really liked the car.  Not a race car, but the rear end does like to play a bit (ok...maybe terrible wording there, but the car turns very well).  Great milage, love the stereo, and so far it's been a very reliable car (knocking on wood).

 

Good luck to you!  Just make sure its the right car for you and your family.  If I was buying for an active family in the early 00s, I still love the old Xterras.  Cool looking, roomy, neato-Tough touches, but crap on gas and horrid interiors.

 

 

this, my sister has one and I couldn't believe how many times I was filling that bad boy up 



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 08:41 AM

I have a 2005 Toyota Highlander that was assembled in Japan and it has been beyond reliable.  I've put that car through the ringer and it's still killing it at 100k+.  I don't really think it matters what kind of car you get, each one is different and you might get a lemon or you might not.  On that note it's best to get a warranty, whatever car you get.



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:28 AM

Not sure about the Nissan SUV.

 

I owned and Altima and Maxima in the past and loved them.  But, we also owned a Nissan minivan and it was a POS.

 

I have heard great things about the Escape....know a lot of people who have them.



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:30 AM

Hell yeah, I've been selling Hyundai's for 7 years. We have the highest owner satisfaction and loyalty of any brand.

 

These cars are legit...just have to overcome their past when they were pieces of poo that sold for 5k new back in the late 80's.

 

Hyundai's are awesome.

 

Owned and Azerra for 5 years before trading it in....never a problem.

 

Have had my Vera Cruz for 3 years and not one minute of issue.

 

The quality is great and the warranty is out of this world.



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 11:05 AM

I really like the new look of the redesigned santa fe for being a compact suv and all.  



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 06:12 PM

I know it's not in the same body class but I just bought a brand new elantra about a month ago and I love that fuging thing.

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 10:14 PM

Look at a forester. AWD and plenty of space for gear. I take my grrman shepherd everywere and its sooo much better than my old wrangler. My sister has a rogue. She likes it. It's kind of girly to me.

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 06:06 AM

Thanks everyone for your input. It was helpful. After measuring the insides of cargo areas with the back seats down we found that the Nissan Altima had more storage length than many of the small SUVs. Surprising right. Its also great on gas mileage.

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 07:59 AM

Thanks everyone for your input. It was helpful. After measuring the insides of cargo areas with the back seats down we found that the Nissan Altima had more storage length than many of the small SUVs. Surprising right. Its also great on gas mileage.

 

That's what I currently have.  You can go well over 600 highway miles on a tank.



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Posted 04 November 2013 - 07:32 AM

Thanks everyone for your input. It was helpful. After measuring the insides of cargo areas with the back seats down we found that the Nissan Altima had more storage length than many of the small SUVs. Surprising right. Its also great on gas mileage.

 

After having an Explorer for 8 years and a Dakota before that, I bought my Legacy.  The problem hasn't been storage length, it's been more of accessibility since the trunk is (obviously) shorter than a cargo area and the trunk opening is its own shape.  My wife wanted an SUV but doesn't drive a ton, so we traded her 05 Focus for a low-miles 06 Mercury Mariner (basically Ford Escape) about 3 weeks ago and I haven't regretted it once.  The nice thing about those is that the back glass goes up, making it easy to haul long items - I've already hauled a bunch of lumber and guttering material.  We've also stacked lawn chairs, a stroller, and a card table and chairs in the cargo area to go a to family bonfire, stuff that wouldn't fit in my Legacy with both kids (seats not folded down).  It's a 6-cylinder 4WD and her gas mileage has been 19 in the city, so not great but not nearly as bad as a lot of other SUVs. 



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Posted 04 November 2013 - 11:13 AM

Thanks everyone for your input. It was helpful. After measuring the insides of cargo areas with the back seats down we found that the Nissan Altima had more storage length than many of the small SUVs. Surprising right. Its also great on gas mileage.

 

Nice =)  I came to the same conclusion.  You just lose the vertical storage of a wagon/suv but get better mileage!

 

Enjoy!




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