My poor little Ford Focus is having a tough time. Every morning when I get in and start it, it shakes and rattles and harumphs for the first five minutes until it wakes up. Once it's in gear and about a mile away from home, it settles down, but the morning wake-up has gotten worse and worse in the last month.
I'm not sure exactly why this is. Part of me wonders if when I had that collision with the giant truck that cracked my headlight, that something else like a motor mount didn't crack also and it's taken all this time for it to shake itself loose.
So every morning when I get up and take Zboy to school, I fantasize about another, different car. It's no secret that I never actually liked this car. It was functional - got me from A to B in a fairly efficient manner at little cost. But A) it's RED and B) it's not my old Volvo. Now C) it shakes like it's sitting on top of San Adreas Fault - three strikes and I want it OUT!
This morning as Z and I vibrated our way out of the driveway, Z wistfully said, "I wish we could get another car. Like the Volvo or the Explorer or a little tiny fuel-efficient car." Yes, I did a double-take at the last one too. Nine year olds are more sophisticated than they used to be...
As we discussed the pros and cons of various models on the way to school, I realized that in reality, I needed to get a vehicle that would hold one tall man, one growing boy, one little but leggy girl, me, and two largish dogs. Because MY car is the family car, and we have to actually be able to fit the family into it without anyone drooling on anyone else.
My current dissatisfaction was exascerbated by my coworker's recent purchase of this:
Then, when we went south for the memorial service last weekend, Cousin P and her brother K both were driving these:
So after my discussion with ZBoy this morning, I cruised the internet during lunch to see what there was out there. My criteria - Used (can't afford new), front seat/backseat with decent leg room, Cargo space for dogs, less than 30,000 miles on it, no older than 2005 (though there's a 2003 I'm considering) and as far away from $20,000 as I can possibly get.
2007 Subaru Forester (19,001 miles)
2003 Subaru Legacy L (23,713 miles) I am not opposed to small station wagons.
There's also a 2005 Subaru Legacy that's blue (69,975 miles which kind of lets that one out).
So? What do you think? Do you have any experience with any of these models? Good? Bad? Quirks? Strengths? I already know that Ford does kick-ass AC, but there are other bits that leave much to be desired. Please, give me feedback!!!!
I can see my husband now looking just like this when I mention this to him...