The yellow machine is beginning its downward death spiral into the abyss of "been there" vehicles.
205,000 miles; we got her in 2003 when she was only 40,000 miles young.
For the past few months, we have only been looking around for Chevy Traverses.
We know we want something with the 3rd row seat due to the girls getting older; having friends to bebop around here-there-everywhere. Of course, with the 3rd row seat, the back row has a tendency to be a bit squished, BUT I actually sat in the back of one yesterday, and had decent leg room. Mind you, I'm only 5'4". However, when we had Cassie crawl in back (currently 5'6"--that girl is GROWING!!!), she also had adequate leg room. Sitting 3-wide is a different story for any trip of distance, BUT kiddos can manage if it came to that scenario.
Even storage is adequate with all the seats available.
Of course, even better with the seats removed (if need be.)
Many of them come with AWD (all-wheel-drive); always a nice PRO for those of us in the northern parts of the nation getting dumped on with snow for over half the year. And the towing capabilities should make Paul happy; no more need to have the truck pull the boat.
Acadias were looked at as well; being so similar to the Traverses; sadly those prices were also similar.
And THEN!..... Enter Chad from a Chevy/Chrysler dealership.
|2001 Ford Escape when we were building the house in 2003|
SO....now; the decisions!!!!!
The rest of this post sounds like something out of a Car-n-Drive magazine. If you are also a family searching for a new vehicle, by all means; read on! If not, continue at your own potential boredom :)
|Traverse Interior - 3rd seat (seats 7)|
|Traverse Storage with seats folded|
|Traverse towing capabilities|
Everything sounds GREAT right?!?!?!?!?!
The sad reality; the price ticket has the potential of being in our ballpark, but many of the low-mileage ones we looked at yesterday were starting to jump out of our budget :(
So, we put the mileage on yesterday traveling around from town-to-town 9AM until 4PM, stopping at any and most dealerships we saw.
GMC Yukons are also an ideal consideration; until you look at THAT price tag!!!
And don't EVEN get me started on Suburbans! LOL. Noooooooooo thank you, Sir!
That lil' man ACTUALLLLLLLY started wheeling-n-dealing for me to consider a MiniVan.
Showed us a spiffy lil' Chrysler Town-n-Country (as spiffy as they can be, I suppose) decked out with every little add-on under the sun!
|Chrysler Town & Country (trying to look bad a$$) LOL|
Showed us how this seat can fold this way; that seat can fold that way; the "Stow-n-Go" capabilities or to use that space under the floorboard as storage; the roomy no-need-to-exit-vehicle to move from seat to seat if needed...
The prices are in our range
The interior space is exactly what we need
There truly are a LOT of PROS that Paul and I seriously started to consider as we continued our dealership trip.
After all was said-n-done.
We don't have a vehicle yet.
Ummm......we haven't narrowed our choices down either! In fact, we added some. LOL
For me, the two CONS about a mini-van; NO 4WD/AWD and NO towing capabilities (more like NOT able to pull our boat out of the water from the landings).
The PROS; COST being #1--a 2010 standard features we looked at yesterday is waaaaaay into our budget with LOTS of room to spare.
NOT liking about having to choose from all of our choices now.
To be continued....