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#1 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:17 PM

I'm contemplating getting a new car this year (yay!).  I'm not 'into' cars (i.e. no mechanical knowledge), but I like driving something that appeals to me.  

I currently have a 2006 Nissan X Trail.  I've been 'over it' for a couple of years - there's nothing wrong with it, but it is pretty unexciting.

I'd like to get a Jeep.  It's a bit more 'me' I think, but still a suitable family car, and just within the fairly slim budget.

Previously I've had a 1986 Corolla (first car), a mid-90s Corolla, and my dream car, which was a new Mini (but sadly sold due to being completely impractical with young kids).

What do you drive?  What have you driven?  What's your ideal car?

#2 Isolabella

Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:24 PM

Currently Citroen C4 Picasso (mini people mover with 7 seats). Good family car with massive boot space.

DH has Honda CRV

I had Honda Jazz as my mummy mobile for two kids

DH had a Holden Astra.

Prior to that I had a 1990 Saab 900 and before that 1974 Volvo. DHs first car was a Ford Laser.

Ideal car would be the top version of my current car with all the added extras. Even if I won $20m that would be my choice. Practical choice for three young kids. I would go overseas and hire a Ferrari for a few weeks for fun though.

Edited by lsolaBella, 25 February 2013 - 04:25 PM.

#3 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:27 PM

Dream Car: Audi A5 - except it won't tow a horse float.
Current Car: 2006 Commodore - great car - indestructable.
Firtst Car: 1964 Ford Cortina bought in 1980 for $400 with 11 months rego. It died a week before rego was due.

#4 kadoodle

Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:28 PM

'76 Ford Escort
'82 Ford Telstar
'98 Holden Astra

Lived overseas for a few years and didn't have a car

'99 Mitsubishi Lancer
2011 Honda Oddyssey.

I've also driven DH's cars:
'81 Holden Camira
'87 Ford Falcon

Not to mention sundry Holden Commodores and Toyota Hiluxes as work vehicles.

What sort of Jeep are you looking at?  I'm not a fan of 4x4s on tarmac, I find them bouncy and thirsty, but friends of mine love theirs and wouldn't trade them for my people mover in a pink fit.

With the 4 kids, my Oddyssey would be my ideal car if it had another foot of boot space.

If I was a millionaire, I'd be getting a vintage monstrosity like an Austin Clifton or Jaguar.

#5 Chief Pancake Make

Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:33 PM

Mitsubishi ASX

#6 oliboli

Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:33 PM

My current car is a Mazda cx-9, absolutely love it, and heaps of space for the family and dog (Labrador).  The boot space is massive! Prior to this I had an Audi a4 and a Saab 9s. My ideal car would be an Audi q7 with kids, or an Audi q5 without kids original.gif

#7 Canberra Chick

Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:34 PM

About town is a Honda Jazz. We also have an old Kia Sportage for camping/big loads and when we need a second car. I love my Jazz!

First car was a 1984 Ford Telstar that had the driver seat kept upright by a plank of plywood...

Dream car? An MG Midget or some 1960s sports car.

#8 Chchgirl

Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:39 PM

2010 Nissan x-trail. I love it..

I've had a bubble back Laser, a Holden apollo, a Daewoo lacetti, an Xtrail in Nz, and back here again a Holden Captiva.

I like the X-trail out of all of them.

#9 le_auteur

Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:39 PM

Current: Mitsubishi ASX (love!)

First: '89 Mitsubishi Colt. You had to thump the dash to get the dashlights to turn on, but damn I loved that car!

Dream: Hmm, maybe a fancy European SUV... Volvo or something?

#10 ~She~

Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:41 PM

My car is a Honda CRV - love it! Nice and roomy with our 2 kids although I would go to a larger size SUV if we had a 3rd.

I am in love with the new Jeep Grand Cherokee, but can't justify the need for one to DH as our current car suits all our needs so well rolleyes.gif That or a Mercedes SUV

DH has a Mazda Bravo dual cab - soon to be upgrading to a new Isuzu ute or Holden Colorado, only because the bravo is getting old and starting to cost a bit of money.

First cars for us both were commodores - mine a VK Calais and his an SS.

#11 moose2

Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:41 PM

Audi Q7. Love it - though it's bloody monstrous and only just fits in our garage!

#12 Charli73

Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:42 PM

I've had lots of small cars but now hubby and I both drive Jeeps.
I drive a grand Cherokee with the kids and dog and he drives a wrangler..

It's different going from a Astra to this big car but now I'm a convert. We both do 4WDing so its not a waste as we use it offroad too and they are great for that too.

We're kinda jeep nerds so if u have any questions we have owned 3 or 4..I want to upgrade to another jeep this year too.

There are some models I wouldn't touch but depends what your needs are and your budget..

#13 KylieferalMin0gue

Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:43 PM

Currently 2008 kia rio.  Car before that was 95 celica, which I bought pre kids as it was my dream car.  I owned it for 10 years.  Before that a barina, and my first car was a subaru sherpa.  (2 seater, 2 cylinder beast which couldn't really get up hills too well, but I loved it!)

#14 Alacritous~Andy

Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:44 PM

My current car is an 2002 Laser (Sedan). I still think of it as our "new" car. Lol.  We probably need to upgrade to something a bit bigger soon, as I hate long trips as I am usually the passenger, and I can't put the front seat back with DS2's seat behind.

#15 HRH Countrymel

Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:48 PM

First car - 1968 Mini panel van, Cooper S engine, mags, purple paisley interior, walnut dash, nerf bar.

Current - Suzuki SX4   (plus a 76' Kombi camper for special camping occasions)

I really enjoy driving the SX4 (after years of elderly buzz boxes) but nothing will ever come close to the love I had for 'Bruce' my wonderful little van - everyone who ever got behind the wheel never wanted to let go, and complete strangers of all ages and both sexes would make a beeline for him and stand gushing over him.  He was ACE!

#16 Foogle

Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:50 PM

I'd like to get a Jeep.

A girl after my own heart. original.gif  

Except, we already have a Jeep. A 2008 GC 5.7 Hemi Limited and that's great and I love it, except I WANT THE NEW 2014 Diesel JEEP!. (Yes, I'm shouting because I'm so frustrated).

I have just got off the phone to our Jeep dealer (again) and Chrysler are no closer to announcing when they will be releasing the new Overland (or could that even be a Summit - let's not hold our breath) model to the Australian market.

Everyone's guess is mid-year with a first showing at the Melbourne International Motor Show in June.

So cranky and have even looked at the Range Rover Sport in anger but I can't do it. I want the new Jeep. Have resigned myself to a wait of at least 6/9 months.  DH says 'be patient'  I'm not.

Vid of the new model  (Ignore the $55k price mentioned on the vid - that would be nice except it will be around the $85k mark here. Why is that by the way given the state of the A$ against the US$?)

#17 Ice Queen

Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:50 PM

VW Passat wagon MY12.


It has an auto boot and I cant get over how awesome this feature is for a mum.  I just click my remote control while holding the bub and the shopping and up it comes, shopping straight in, no putting it on the ground and relifting.  Then a button to close rather than pushing shut.  Every single day I marvel at how awesome this feature is for a mum with a bad back ie ME!

It is so comfy and smooth for long drives.  We went 2hrs on the weekend and I actually get excited about the peaceful, comfy 2 hours in the car.  I used to hate driving.

#18 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:52 PM

Our budget is only $30k, which only allows for Compass and Patriot, and out of those two I much prefer the Patriot.

We've previously had a Cherokee.

ETA:  I love the styling of the Grand Cherokee, but even if I could afford it, I couldn't park something that big.

Edited by SlinkyMalinki, 25 February 2013 - 04:58 PM.

#19 Flaxen

Posted 25 February 2013 - 05:03 PM

Ive been through a few cars, in my 10 year driving history. Ive always had 2nd hand cars.
I currently have a 2006 astra wagon, which ive had 4 years, but I'm really wanting a new car NOW, as my AC has broken and its going to be 1500 to fix it. GAH!
Prior to that it was a 2000 Mitsubishi Lancer which was great until it caught on fire. (had 2.5 years)
Before that it was a 1994 Suzuki Vitara 4x4 softtop, (18mths) my baby jeep Barbie Girl car. It was awful to drive, very unstable and wobbly on the road, but was better any of the cars in the nissan patrol 4x4 club that got stuck ahead of us on a offroad track!! I showed them up by getting past a difficult spot in my barbie car, they were not happy!
Before that it was a 1987 ford telstar, my fIrst car. Never did break down properly, but it had its fair share of coathangers down the windows sue to locking keys inside, and often i had trouble driving at night as lights would dim badly as the alternator was dodgey. I bought it at 80,000 klm and it lasted until 255,000klms.

DH has a new navara ute (2012), before that it was also another new navara ute (2008), and before that he was driving my telstar for a bit as his 1982 WB ute was off the road due to breakdown. He had driven that for 10 years prior, and its currently in "fix up" mode in our carport. He calls it an investment  glare.gif

I really want a Mazda CX9 or a Nissan Dualis.

Edited by Flaxen, 25 February 2013 - 05:08 PM.

#20 jimbobmel

Posted 25 February 2013 - 05:08 PM

First car- Ford Escort.... Awesome little car
Second car- Holden Gemini (affectionately known as Olive)
Third car- Hyundai Accent, great car!
Fourth car- Subaru GT Forrester, fab car!
Fifth car- Holden Statesman V8, thirsty but great car!
Sixth car- Holden Caprice V8, very thirsty but one of my very favorite cars to drive!
Seventh car- BMW X5, exceptional car but needs a bigger boot. That is actually the only downfall I have found of the X5.

Dream car.... I'm really not sure!!??

#21 Foogle

Posted 25 February 2013 - 05:22 PM

QUOTE (SlinkyMalinki @ 25/02/2013, 05:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Our budget is only $30k, which only allows for Compass and Patriot, and out of those two I much prefer the Patriot.

We've previously had a Cherokee.

ETA:  I love the styling of the Grand Cherokee, but even if I could afford it, I couldn't park something that big.

It's not that big - no bigger than say a Volvo XC90.  Different shape a little but overall, the same 'bigness' I suppose.  They all park on a dime now so not an issue.

Buy the Patriot.  You know you want to.  biggrin.gif

#22 JaneLane

Posted 25 February 2013 - 05:28 PM

Current car- 2008 Holden Calais
First car- 2003 Holden Calais

DH knows a lot about cars so almost everything is out as they are too expensive to fix.  I have recently wanted a Chrysler  or a Jeep but they have been ruled out for maintainance and repair costs.

Next car will probably be a Toyota Kluger.

If money wasn't an option I have lots of dream cars!
Audi R8
Phase 3 GTO
1967 Shelby Mustang
And the list goes on, mainly vintage American muscle cars that cost a fortune, I wish!

Edited by blue4me, 25 February 2013 - 07:10 PM.

#23 niggles

Posted 25 February 2013 - 05:32 PM

We have a CRV Sport and a Nissan Tiida. I really like driving the Nissan. It's zippy and fuel efficient and still feels spacious inside. The only downside is fitting a pram and the groceries in the boot.

#24 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 25 February 2013 - 05:34 PM

I REALLY want to biggrin.gif

I'm just hanging out a couple of more months - I believe the next model is due out after Easter, and has some improvements.  There was no price rise between the old and new models in the US.

#25 stephanu

Posted 25 February 2013 - 05:41 PM

a Nissan Dualis. I don't love it but its ok for the time being.

We previously drove a CR-V and a commodore SV6. My husband also has a ute for work.

Hopefully soon (if I ever fall pregnant) we will get a tarago or the Prius 7 seater. We travel a lot by car and it would be lovely to have more space. The dualis is cramped.

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