Steppin’ it up

… 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!

16 comments on “Steppin’ it up

  1. Bubblesknits says:

    Hrm…owned a Ford and didn’t really have any problems out of it, but I was really disappointed in the trade-in value. Owned a Honda that was a lemon. My Mom and one of my good friends both own Volkswagens and both love them. The hubby and I have a Toyota and are extremely happy with it.

    Does that help? lol

  2. Sue says:

    My comment is too long, so I’ll send an email.

  3. Abby says:

    By all means, get the VW! I’ve driven a VW since 1980, and won’t buy anything else. My current one is bright red and people still think it’s new. It’s also ten years old, has 161,000 miles on it and still purrs like a kitten. It’s a diesel–I fill it up once a month (maybe) and it gets 50mpg on the road–45 in town.

  4. gaylen says:

    I really like the looks of the Volkswagon and it’s suppose to get good mileage. if they are made at all like the older VWs it will be on the road for freakin’ ever! I don’t love the Ford – but more because we don’t drive “Found on Road Deads” in the house :} Will be interested to see what you get. Because if you are anything like us “test driving” means spending the entire day and coming home with a new car.

    Weekend plans – moving furniture, washing curtains, vacumming up dead bugs, etc. The new windows are coming on Tuesday and the windows have to have a “clear access.” g

  5. AlisonH says:

    I said I wanted a Tesla someday when I’m rich and Richard started looking at the new Segway with two seats and a windshield. NOT what I had in mind!

    Good luck with your search!

  6. Marjie says:

    I’ve got nothing. You know all my cars are old. But you’re not the only car problem girl from yesterday. My daughte3r’s taking one summer class, an hour north of here, and working at a restaurant here. So her car died ass she got off our exit of I-81, with 33 minutes left before she had to be at work. Mama raced off to fetch her, of course, and, miraculously, knew a guy with a tow truck a mile from the exit, and got him to go fetch the car at 5PM! Talk about dumb luck! It’s the alternator, luckily, not too hard a fix.

    Weekend plans: garbage can potatoes and maybe a trip to a fabric store. I don’t need more fabric, I just feel like browsing. Have fun driving the cars, and I’d give extra consideration to the Ford, given proximity of dealership and friendship with mechanic!

  7. Anita says:

    I’ve never driven any of them but I like the looks of the Pilot & the Volkswagen Touareg 2. I used to have a VW Bug, you couldn’t kill it! LOL Sure wish I still had it! 🙂

    Hope you have a great weekend!!!!

    What’s the deadline project you’re knitting on BTW?

  8. Robin says:

    Can’t go wrong with a Honda or a Toyota in my book. They both have very good trade-in value. I love my Highlander and have 137,000 miles on it. I also like the looks of the VW but I hear of people getting lemons with some VW’s. I used to have a Beetle – we sold it with 225,000 miles on it. Friends of mine have a Passat and a new bug and love them, though. I like the Subaru, also.

  9. Well, as you have quite a list of ‘must haves’ I barely dare comment here! I have friends who have a Pilot and seem to be very happy with it….I like my little Ford, and my other friend loves her Toyota. Dh is a Mazda guy…does that help?

  10. Ford really seems to be the way to go these days! I am in the market for a new(ish) car, too…but think i will stick with the Volvo wagon, altho the husband is really pushing for one of the new Ford hybrids.
    I had a Honda Civic (our first car) and the dumbest thing we ever did was sell it. Hondas are excellent, and i know a few people with the Pilot, and they love it.
    Oh…and absolutely buy a car WITH a sunroof! If you ever need to leave the hounds in the car, you put up a sunscreen in the windshield and then crack the sunroof a bit, and the warm air rises up and out of the vehicle..LOVE IT! Also have to keep all the windows cracked of course.

  11. Criquette says:

    Well, I had a VW beetle back in the day when they were the real deal (rear engine, built to last forever) and loved it! But the 2 out of 2 people I know (family members)with newer models (Tuareg and Passat) each think they got a lemon and wish they had gone in a different direction. One of my dear friends and her husband absolutely swear by their Subarus. My friends with Hondas (including Pilots) swear by them as well. I don’t personally know anyone who drives a Ford. I’m with you on the Edge – in a way I like it but it also looks like a low rider, which takes away some of the charm for me. I am personally a Toyota girl – I’m on my 4th. Before I got Zippy (my current Highlander)I test drove every comparable SUV and ended up back with a Toy. They are generic, yes, but incredibly dependable and comfy, which is really important to me.

  12. Ever since my iPhone jones I have been sooo behind on blog reads 😉

    Ooh good to see you all trying to narrow down the car options!

    And YES! I Lurve Lurve Lurve the tea tumblers!! I have all 3 colors now! Haha! May have to blog about it myself now! 🙂

  13. Cathy says:

    I have loved my Subaru and Hondas over the years… I have a friend with a Pilot if you want to talk with her (kids, dogs, stuff – yes and lots of it). Chris’s brother loves, loves his VWs.

  14. anniebananie says:


    Honda – I have heard nothing bad against Honda, I just have a personal problem with them. It stems from going to buy one about 15 years ago and trying to be nickeled and dimed to death – want AC? That’s extra. Want rear window defroster? Extra! Want seats and brakes? Extra (okay, that’s not really true, but you get the picture).

    Tribeca – My dream car. Call Kevin (or is it Keith) Reynolds at Reynolds in Orange and see if they have one. They should. It’s a subaru dealership!

    Ford – mom and dad have an Escape and like it. Don’t know anything about the Edge.

    VW – I’d stay away. First, the price. Second, both my sister L and BIL S have had (or have) passats, fairly new (2005-2006). Both have had major problems with them.

    Again, these are just my opinions. 🙂

  15. nichole says:

    I can’t imagine anyone saying to stay away from VW… amazing cars that you can drive for thousands of miles! M’s family swears by them … M drove an old Diesel Jetta for like 285,000! I LOVED my Wolfsburg Jetta… M wishes he still had his 98 Diesel Jetta. The only thing about Touraeg is the pricetag… but if you love it……..

    I’ve seen the Ford and Hondas but not sure if I’ve seen the 2009 or rather, paid close attention.

    How’s the search going?

  16. Kathy says:

    You may already have the vehicle by now but I’m not good with recommendations. My view of a vehicle is if it can get me from Point A to Point B without breaking down. LOL You have no idea the vehicles we have owned. LOL
    Hubby is a Ford man though and he says, go with the Ford:).

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