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Old 09-21-2010, 11:55 AM
 
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By this definition - no one should buy a Camry, Corolla, Focus, Accord and many other cars. They are transportation, nothing more.
Pretty much. I own a Malibu, good, bad indifferent, it's just transportation. At least at the end of the day the "transportation" cars can still be pushed around the corners for some fun once in a while.
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Old 09-21-2010, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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let's get into the minivan hate a little bit. is it the styling? is it the image of being a "dog and 2.5 kids" family?
Bland, boring, too family-oriented, ugly, horrible performance, "soccer mom" stigma, and just all around awful vehicle. Just simply do NOT like them.

I'd rather cart kids around in an SUV than a minivan. My commuting vehicle is an F-150 and my fiance now has an Escalade....between the two of us we have practical vehicle to haul around kids/toys/junk/groceries. Granted we each get around 14 mpg but I'd rather pay more at the pump then drive some fugly minivan.
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Old 09-21-2010, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Any hatchback is an at least decent "stuff" hauler, you might be surprised at what I have hauled in the Scirocco, which is a much more entertaining ride than a minivan.

Hoffdano is right though, the Honda Odyssy is much less obnoxious than other minivans. It looks better and drives better, enough to be in a class by itself. I am not holding my breath for an "Si" version with a 6-speed manual, but Honda might be surprised how many of those they could sell (to people who don't generally buy minivans, instead to people who would use them to haul track-day motorcycles, scuba gear, other cool stuff...)

A small wagon, particularly the old 2-door VW Fox wagons, are decent "stuff" haulers that can be reasonably fun to drive, decent on gas.
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Old 09-21-2010, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Southwest Michigan/Miami Beach Miami
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I will never own a Chevy Volt, Toyota Prius, or a box shaped vehicle.
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Old 09-21-2010, 02:15 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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On the NO list, always have been and always will be:

Minivans
Toyota
Honda
SmartCar
Kia
Hyundia
and any square box or cube looking car

The other day I joked w/ my kids that I was going to get a minivan and BOTH looked at me like I'd lost my mind. They both said it did NOT fit our families personality at all. LOL!!!
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Old 09-21-2010, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Austin Texas
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On the NO list, always have been and always will be:

Minivans
Toyota
Honda
SmartCar
Kia
Hyundia
and any square box or cube looking car

The other day I joked w/ my kids that I was going to get a minivan and BOTH looked at me like I'd lost my mind. They both said it did NOT fit our families personality at all. LOL!!!
This is funny. Your family's personality is simply upscale. Your daughter drives a 3-series. Really - you are just a snob.
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Old 09-21-2010, 02:34 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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This is funny. Your family's personality is simply upscale. Your daughter drives a 3-series. Really - you are just a snob.
WTH! One that is SIX YEARS OLD and is paid off. Whatever...............


I did not know a 1998 Chevy pickup was "upscale".
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Old 09-21-2010, 02:49 PM
 
Location: SWUS
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Prius, SmartCar, Nissan Cube, any sort of Geo, Hummer H2 and H3 (though I think an H1 would be fun) Ford Contour, Cadillac Escalade, vans of any sort be they mini or not, Chevy Avalanche, etc etc etc.
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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Will never buy a Ford, GM, Chrysler, BMW, Landrover, Smart, Kia, VW, or Jag.
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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That is fair. What i don't get is the SUV-as-a-substitute. Because I have never driven an SUV that was in any way inspiring.
That's because they don't get fun until you get them dirty.

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