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    Thread: Best cross-country road trip car. (Suggestions request)

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      11-12-2008 08:37 AM #36
      Well since you are a audy guy how about one of these two, and no matter what stay positive, because that is only thing that can get you trough this.

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    2. 11-12-2008 08:55 AM #37
      Quote, originally posted by Nourdmrolnmt »

      They aren't bad... a bit rough at times, but they make most anything fun and the mileage and storage is incredible. Plus you always have that worry in the back of your head that the engine is going to commit suicide by way of intermediate shaft failure in the middle of BFE West Virginia. Luckily, it didn't. And it won't. Ever.

      I'd want something that is comfortable, gets respectable mileage, and is fun both on and off road for those times when you want to go play in the desert. Something like an Outback/Legacy/Impreza or similar.


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      11-12-2008 09:29 AM #38
      i def. second the audi wagon suggestion. comfortable, refined and you can have a 2000 A6 wagon for ~$8k

      You'll be better after your treatment. No worries. Most importantly stay positive



      ... or if you like to live dangerously like me i suggest a Peugeot 505 wagon... nothing is more comfortable!





      Modified by kevster03 at 9:35 AM 11-12-2008


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      11-12-2008 09:36 AM #39
      WRX wagon
      You can fit more that you think into them, and my wife and I even slept in the back of ours a few times. Turbo power, but if you stay out of boost can be pretty frugal too. Great in all weather conditions if you plan to hit mountian states (what would a cross country trip be without them? )

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      11-12-2008 10:44 AM #40
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      11-12-2008 11:01 AM #41
      I've thought about this road trip idea. If you really want to go all over the country, I say stay away from anything foreign. I know this won't sit well with the euro-centric CL, but try getting parts for your Audi TT or Land Rover in BFE Montana if it breaks.

      The Crown Vic or any US SUV would fit the bill much better. Every podunk town has a Ford or Chevy dealer in it or one close by and all the Auto-zones and stuff will probably have parts.

      Personally, I'd go for a used S197 Mustang GT (convertible if you like) - peppy, decent enough handling, or a TJ Wrangler Unlimited if you want to go more off the beaten track.


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      11-12-2008 11:16 AM #42
      I did a cross country road trip two summers ago. I bought a small RV and spent four months travelling. The RV made it possible to stay comfortably in a lot of places where hotels would have been expensive. I stayed over a week at the Grand Canyon, two weeks in Yellowstone (I would have stayed there longer but there's a 14 day camping limit during the summer season), and then about 3 weeks roaming around Oregon.

      I'll make you a sweet deal on the RV if you want


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      11-12-2008 11:29 AM #43
      FJ80 landcruiser!


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      11-12-2008 11:33 AM #44
      I've taken my E39 wagon on two 3000+ mile roadtrips this year with no issues, and it's a nice road car. It was under $13K, too.
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      11-12-2008 11:38 AM #46
      WRX Wagon would be a good choice. Any turbo subaru would be alright. If you're thinking smaller, a mazdaspeed miata would be fun. A 5 speed a4 avant would be fun too.

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      11-12-2008 12:05 PM #47
      1. AUDI ALLROAD
      2. AUDI A6
      3. AUDI A4
      4. Volvo XC70

    13. 11-12-2008 12:18 PM #48
      Quote, originally posted by kevster03 »

      ... or if you like to live dangerously like me i suggest a Peugeot 505 wagon... nothing is more comfortable!



      I can't suggest it for a total lack of places that would work on it, but on paper these are tremendously good for a road trip. Available 8-seaters, very long wheelbase, turbo engines and French ride comfort.

      call it potatography

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      11-12-2008 12:39 PM #49
      Quote, originally posted by patrickvr6 »

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      11-12-2008 12:44 PM #50
      recently i took a 3,000+ mile trip in my S60 and it wasn't bad. i averaged mid-high 20's for economy and you can find decent examples of a newer S60 for under your budget.

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      11-12-2008 01:03 PM #51
      2001 E320 4matic wagon.

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    18. 11-12-2008 01:33 PM #53
      I agree with the Boxter.

      In reality, any Touring Coupe should work pretty well.


    19. 11-12-2008 02:00 PM #54
      Thanks for all the suggestions and well wishes.

      Having worked at Audi, the All-Road's airbags scare the hell outta me...they FAIL all the time...

      US SUV? I was thinking TJ but, fuel mileage and high speed touring are lacking....

      Wagons...I dont think I can get sympathy ***** in a wagon... Or can I?

      I'd love a Q7....Audi wanna sponsor me on a cross-country trip?

      Ideally, I do want to keep the car after the trip. Renting wouldn't be the same....I like to keep the memories.

      Thanks everyone! I'm keeping me head up. Maybe when I get this all this settled, will have a EPIC thread of my cross-country journey.


    20. 11-12-2008 02:03 PM #55
      If you wanna spend more time here than sight seeing take the land rover.


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      11-12-2008 02:35 PM #56
      Quote, originally posted by DucAudi »

      Wagons...I dont think I can get sympathy ***** in a wagon... Or can I?

      If I drop my rear seats it's like the size of a twin bed, actually, more room, i think.

      I'd also point out most rockies towns from Montana to Southern colorado have 2 car dealers: one of the big 2.5 and a Subaru Dealer.

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      11-12-2008 02:37 PM #57
      You can most likely pick up a Lincoln LS for a good price... see if you can find a V8

      Big... but not too big... comfy, but still fun to drive.

      PS... I hope everything works out for you bud

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    23. 11-12-2008 02:43 PM #58
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      11-12-2008 02:46 PM #59
      Quote, originally posted by 20DYNAMITE07 »
      You can most likely pick up a Lincoln LS for a good price... see if you can find a V8

      Big... but not too big... comfy, but still fun to drive.

      PS... I hope everything works out for you bud

      I like this suggestion!

      And best of luck with your treatment.

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    25. 11-12-2008 03:04 PM #60
      even better lincoln


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      11-12-2008 03:22 PM #61
      seems like most people are leaving fuel economy out when making thier suggestions A V8 cross country could get expensive.

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      11-12-2008 03:24 PM #62
      Quote, originally posted by stealthmk1 »
      seems like most people are leaving fuel economy out when making thier suggestions A V8 cross country could get expensive.


      Gas is $2/gal...who cares!

      (I'm kidding)


      I spent $6k in fuel in my RV over the four months I took off. That was with gas around the $3 mark.


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      11-12-2008 03:35 PM #63

      Good luck with your illness and enjoy your trip.

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      11-12-2008 03:53 PM #64
      Before I got to the 2nd page, I was thinking Lincoln LS8 as well. Smooth comfortable, decent power and handling, and can be had well within your price range as well.

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      11-12-2008 03:58 PM #65
      Quote, originally posted by BillyD »
      Are you deadset on buying and not renting? I just did a long road trip of my own (5 weeks) in a rental and its the only way I would do it. I ran the numbers every which way (buy vs rent), UNLESS the car you are buying for this trip would be a car you are buying anyways and plan to keep after the trip. In which case my post is the worst one in this thread.

      This isn't a bad plan, if you can get a deal on a car that you won't hate driving.

      I know two guys who rented a Mercury Cougar (7 years ago) in CO with 'unlimited mileage' and drove it from Denver to Anchorage...and back. They did 6800 miles in 10 days. Needless to say, the rental agency was a bit shocked when they got the car back--both by the mileage and the condition (I'm sure the nose and undercarriage were a bit worse for wear!).


      Quote, originally posted by DucAudi »
      Ideally, I do want to keep the car after the trip. Renting wouldn't be the same....I like to keep the memories.

      The memories will always be there--especially if you share them with a friend/family member.

      The car is a part of the memory--but in the end, it's just stuff. A means to an end. It's part of the experience, to be sure; but it's there to enable the experience.



      Modified by Numbersix at 1:00 PM 11-12-2008


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