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  Reply # 2062744 26-Jul-2018 08:00
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Scott3:

 

crocodile:

 

Cheers mate

Your comments are highly appreciated.

 

I do agree with you on the seats, but have found that generally 7 seaters have a slightly longer wheelbase to allow for the extra seats.

 

I am still hesitant about towing with a CVT, as I had a real bad experience with my LaFesta.

 




In the SUV category, where both 5 and 7 seater's are offered, the wheelbase is generally identical (Outlander, Santa Fe etc), 3rd row seats are between the wheel arches. In the wagon category, the Subaru legacy has the same wheel base as the Subaru Exiga (although the latter higher roof line will give more cargo space).

 

It is only really if you jump to the people mover space, or if you are using "7-seater" to separate out the rav4 sized SUV's from highlander sized suv's.


With the CVT's, some are just bad. Nissan owns a stake in a company called Jatco, which is renowned for making unreliable CVT's. Other brand's have run cvt's for years with minimal issues.

That said, you have a decent budget, so can have what you want. I can understand having had a bad experience before, that you would be reluctant. That said, CVT's are real common in the small engine, larger vehicle space that you are looking at (they are cheap to build, and give decent fuel economy). Excluding them cuts your options down, but there are still be plenty of options around.

 

 

 

 

I am busy working through a few Dog and Lemon guides, just read the review on the Subaru, apparently they get their CVT gearboxes from Nissan's Jatco, same as the LaFesta. So that is one off the list.

 

I will have a look at some of the other contenders that have CVT gearboxes


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  Reply # 2062747 26-Jul-2018 08:11
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I get your reluctance with CVTs. We had one in a Primera that caused us no end of issues, and I swore that would be my one and only CVT-equipped car I’d own. I get that, generally, they’re more reliable than they used to be, and some brands are better than others, but I also really don’t like the way they drive, even in modern guise.

I note you’ve got the Odyssey and MPV on your list - I’d have though these would give you what you’re after. The MPV is apparently a reliable car; I think it’s the same 2.5l as in the 6. Standard auto as well, and they are also pretty well-priced. Have you taken one of these or the Odysseys for a test drive? Odyssey is a long car, especially in more recent form, if that’s an issue.



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  Reply # 2062757 26-Jul-2018 08:43
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jonathan18: I get your reluctance with CVTs. We had one in a Primera that caused us no end of issues, and I swore that would be my one and only CVT-equipped car I’d own. I get that, generally, they’re more reliable than they used to be, and some brands are better than others, but I also really don’t like the way they drive, even in modern guise.

I note you’ve got the Odyssey and MPV on your list - I’d have though these would give you what you’re after. The MPV is apparently a reliable car; I think it’s the same 2.5l as in the 6. Standard auto as well, and they are also pretty well-priced. Have you taken one of these or the Odysseys for a test drive? Odyssey is a long car, especially in more recent form, if that’s an issue.

 

 

 

We had one of the first gen Odysseys, I loved it's space. We have not taken the MPV and Odyssey for a test drive, will hopefully do so soon enough. Apparently the Absolute is the model with the AT gearbox for the Odyssey


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