… the car search, that is. My current vehicle – aka: Beastie – is having issues more and more often. Last night, on my way home from a late meeting, I had to stop by the firehouse and the Knight and Pissy had to slam doors repeatedly. The interior smells like WD40, and the door sensors – for both the dome light and my auto-headlights – aren’t working much at all. They say they’ll just “pop off the door panel and…” while I say that the trade-in value will sharply drop when I pull in with the passenger’s door panel in the floorboard. Not to mention the fact that we buy vehicles as a team, so the driver will be up front and the other person (me, because the Knight likes to drive) will be in the back seat.
So, I need your help! It seems the Knight has been dilgently searching and researching on his own, and he’s suggested test driving the following:
Honda Pilot – I’ve not seen it in person, but the Knight and Neighbor Guy have. (It’s Best Thing’s dream ride.) Great cargo room, especially with the third row down, which is how we’d use any of these vehicles 99% of the time.
Subaru Tribeca – Another I’ve not seen in person, and we’re having difficulty locating one with what we want, just to test drive. Sadly, it’s the only Subaru that has what we’re looking for.
Volkswagen Touareg 2 – Another we can’t find locally to drive. I like the idea of having something that’s not parked in all of my friend’s driveways though, and I believe it is the only one that is even available with ALL the options I want. (The passkey thingee is hard to find.)
Ford Edge – I think this is the front-runner for the Knight, if for no other reason than the fact that the dealership is down the road, and we happen to be pretty tight with at least one of the mechanics at said dealership. I’m fickle about the exterior styling on this one; one day I like it, the next day, I think it looks like it is just hovering over the wheels.
The Knight found one with TWO sunroofs, and that really made him happy. I think the girls would enjoy their own place in the sun, but would it warm the car up considerably? And then there’s Sync, which I was very impressed with HERE.
I’d welcome your input. We’ve never owned a Honda, Subarau or Volkswagen. VW and Ford have dealerships very near work, so that’s a plus. The Subaru dealership we’d use offers free loaners, so that’s a plus too.
I do know a few people with Pilots and they love ’em, but honestly? I don’t like the new model’s “nose.” I think it’s too square and harsh. Frankly though, none of these vehicles are head-turners, in my opinion; that’s not important to me.
In case you are keeping score, I have indeed put off an FO report yet again. Soon, along with a review of one of my birthday presents that I think several of you will enjoy, right Stacey?
So, what are your weekend plans? We’ll likely test drive at least one of these beasts in between a couple of social commitments, a book signing, and a meeting.
Whatever you do, enjoy!