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Ultimate Geek

# 249252 2-May-2019 16:46
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First off - yes I know there is another similar recent thread :) But my requirements are different enough I feel to warrant its own thread.




With that said! Wife and I are for various reasons going to combine two cars into one, so we want something pretty decent. Here's the spec sheet:


  • Fulltime 4WD
  • Crossover or SUV as we will be driving ski field access roads regularly. I'd rather a station wagon really, but they'd bottom out on some of these roads.
  • Less than 10 years old
  • Less than 100k km 
  • Not CVT (As we will be towing things)
  • Powerful - I absolutely do not want a sewing machine. 
  • Diesel or Petrol, I don't mind (But see above).
  • Budget of $23-$25k

So far I've sort of whittled down to this list:


Subaru Outback (Ruled out cause CVT and manual's are basically non-existant)


VW Tiguan (Very plasticy)


Volvo XC60 T6 (Preferably R-Design) 


Nissan X Trail (Bit underpowered with max HP of 170..and CVT)


The Volvo is the current front runner, but little worried about potential reliability and repair costs - esp as the nearest authorised dealer will be a few hundred km away (Sth island).



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Ultimate Geek

  # 2252216 5-Jun-2019 16:57
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Quick update for any curious - picked up a 2016 Forester XT from Turners today. Totally maxed out our budget :) But very happy so far. Yea, CVT.. ah well. Wife and kids gave the tick of approval too.


Really it was a toss up between that and the XC60 - but the Volvo lost out on fuel efficiency and just being a european and the costs associated gave us the colly wobbles. 


$130 to fill it up with 98 though. Yeaaaaaa.



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