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What's the best-cheapest station wagon to buy used?

 
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What's the best-cheapest station wagon to buy used?
it's hard to find toyota or nissan wagons that are not very old. Im open to buying an american but am wondering what would be the best in terms of reliability and economy.
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08/19/2009 11:52 AM
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Re: What's the best-cheapest station wagon to buy used?
1959 Nash Rambler. If you can find one.
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08/19/2009 11:55 AM
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Re: What's the best-cheapest station wagon to buy used?
74 Olds Vista Cruiser
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08/19/2009 11:56 AM
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Re: What's the best-cheapest station wagon to buy used?
find a low mileagle taurus driven by an old lady
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08/19/2009 11:57 AM
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Re: What's the best-cheapest station wagon to buy used?
1922 Overland Honeywagon
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Re: What's the best-cheapest station wagon to buy used?
Toyota Camry wagon is nice but usually overpriced

Saturn LW300 is a pretty good deal, Saab Engine, GM parts

VW Passats and Subarus are small and waaay overpriced
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Re: What's the best-cheapest station wagon to buy used?
Used Suburban...
has four wheel drive for SHTF scenario too!
Big enough to sleep in and carry your supplies.
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08/19/2009 12:05 PM
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Re: What's the best-cheapest station wagon to buy used?
4 cyl volvo...can be found pretty cheap and they last...
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Re: What's the best-cheapest station wagon to buy used?
74 Olds Vista Cruiser
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 751814

68-72 were the best years....73 they took the glass out of the roof....69 Vista Cruiser W/455 Rocket......now that was a wagon....

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Re: What's the best-cheapest station wagon to buy used?
I have a penchent for TDI manual transmission Jetta's from 2000-2003. Although not cheap cost of entry, they get 43-47 mpg stock (and can get substaintially more modified). I wouldn't recommend them to someone who doesn't do their own maintainence. I wouldn't recomend them to someone looking for an indestructible tank (don't slam my doors for the thousandth time). Also you need to make sure you get it from a reputable seller as they need synthetic oil which is more expensive if you normally do 6k mile oil changes but cheaper if you do 3k. I would recommend them for someone that does at least 10k miles per year, but the more miles you do the better deal they become (if you do 20k+ a year go get a manual TDI if it's large enough). They also are far more desirable in the resale market (I saw a '78 diesel rabbit advertised for 3500 and it looked like dung. TDIclub dot com is a great resource. Otherwise I would recommend looking for a Suburu as their parts are dirt cheap. Unfortunately they don't make a 9 seater station wagon anymore - the most comparable thing on the market today is the minivan which can really suck to work on (as with all vans).
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08/19/2009 12:20 PM
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Re: What's the best-cheapest station wagon to buy used?
I'll probably get trashed for this, but Suburu wagons are also very reliable. Many of them have 4-wheel or all-wheel drive.

Also, Volvo 850 Wagons are damn solid vehicles. Very good up to about 1996-7. Repairs can be expensive. Needs timing belt about every 70k miles.

I used to have a 66 chevy biscayne wagon. Maintenance and repairs were cheap and easy DIY.
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Re: What's the best-cheapest station wagon to buy used?
I have a penchent for TDI manual transmission Jetta's from 2000-2003. Although not cheap cost of entry, they get 43-47 mpg stock
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 751183

That's on the highway loaded with the A/C on but in town I understand they do closer to 40. Volvo's do last forever, but I've never maintained one... The TDI's timing belt is 100k but easy to do (although long) given the 26 step by step instructions (with arrows inserted into the pictures) on the aforementioned site although you'll probably need to find someone local that's willing to lend you a few specialized tools from that site too.
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Re: What's the best-cheapest station wagon to buy used?
Used Suburban...
has four wheel drive for SHTF scenario too!
Big enough to sleep in and carry your supplies.
 Quoting: ExhaleAeonVolts


bingo
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08/19/2009 12:39 PM
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Re: What's the best-cheapest station wagon to buy used?
1959 Nash Rambler. If you can find one.
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I got a 64 american 400 convertable.
it was my dad's and was willed to me when he died.
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Re: What's the best-cheapest station wagon to buy used?
I'll probably get trashed for this, but Suburu wagons are also very reliable. Many of them have 4-wheel or all-wheel drive.

Also, Volvo 850 Wagons are damn solid vehicles. Very good up to about 1996-7. Repairs can be expensive. Needs timing belt about every 70k miles.

I used to have a 66 chevy biscayne wagon. Maintenance and repairs were cheap and easy DIY.
 Quoting: htp,nli 686272

yeah im leaning subaru
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Re: What's the best-cheapest station wagon to buy used?
My favorite was an '89 Chevy Celebrity. My dad bought it new, and sold it to me when I was 20. I wrecked it about a year later, and didn't have enough money to get it fixed.

I just recently retired my '92 Mercury Sable, which was another good, reliable wagon.
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08/19/2009 04:11 PM
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Re: What's the best-cheapest station wagon to buy used?
Toyota Camry wagon is nice but usually overpriced

Saturn LW300 is a pretty good deal, Saab Engine, GM parts

VW Passats and Subarus are small and waaay overpriced
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 567074



Those Saturn Wagons (LW300) are pretty badass. My friend has a 2003 and it's beautiful. It's made by Opel in Germany, looks and rides like a Mercedes, but costs waaay less!

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