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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-11-2017, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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Any other station wagon fans out there?

After driving nothing but pickup trucks and SUVs for 20 years, I picked up a used BMW 5-series AWD wagon a few years ago. I quickly learned it had better ride, handling, and gas mileage than my previous vehicles and had almost as much cargo capacity. Now I'm starting to look for a replacement (used) for my current car and the selections are limited. The BMW 5-series, Audi A6, and Cadillace CTS wagons have all been discontinued. The Mercedes-Benz E-class is in a different price category even as a used car. Seems like the only ongoing options with AWD and reasonable used car availability are the Volvo XC70 and Subaru Outback (my wife has a Legacy and I feel the ride is pretty harsh). Anyone else who has picked a wagon over a crossover SUV as their daily driver?

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Well, yes, but it's not quite as modern as what you're looking at...
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Well, yes, but it's not quite as modern as what you're looking at...
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Thatís actually what I thought this thread was going to be about, old school
Station Wagons; the real deal.
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Although probably to low brow for the OP I bought the wife a Flex last year. She loves it. She's acted like everything she ever drove was a station wagon, so I bought her one. Visibility front, rear, and side, is probably among the best out there these days. Low entry over an SUV helps in transporting my 90+ father in law and his chair.
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Im looking at a 64 Impala Wagon with its original 327 and factory AC. I also have my sisters 68 VW Type 3 here.
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Here's my 1962 Chrysler New Yorker Town & Country 9-passenger station wagon.
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Here's my 1962 Chrysler New Yorker Town & Country 9-passenger station wagon.
Wow, that is very classy.
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Well, yes, but it's not quite as modern as what you're looking at...
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Not quite as cool as my '64 Galaxie Country Sedan SW, but I also had a '79 Subaru SW (also known as my Mustang tow vehicle), a '81 Volvo 240 GLT SW. and a '84 Volvo diesel SW (converted to '89 Mustang 5.0 HO with AOD power).
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Yup, I recently picked up a 2007 Audi A4 Avant with only 25,000 miles on it. It's the second Audi wagon I've purchased and I love them.
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One more SW

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A buddy of mine has a 1964 Merc wagon, along with a '64 Galaxie parts car that has a nice XL interior. He's offered it to me several times, but I need another project like a hole in the head. On the other hand, bucket seats and a center console would make for a pretty sweet ride! lol

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My daily driver for in town is an 87 Country Squire
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Yeah, I do like wagons! When I was a kid, the family car was a 1971 LTD Country Squire with a 429 4V under the hood. It even had the simulated woodgrain paneling on the sides and power everything! That car was awesome.

As I understand, it was federal MPG requirements that killed the wagon. They tend to be heavier and less aerodynamic than cars and therefore use more fuel. SUVs, however, are considered "Light Trucks", and the same MPG requirements don't apply. Thus, manufacturers quickly ditched the wagon and started cranking out SUVs! Ironically, the end result was more vehicles that consumed more gas than wagons.

I'd still like to get a very nice Falcon wagon; not sure if I'd want the simulated woodgrain paneling on the sides, but it would have a spiffy 289 with a T5z and limited slip diff.

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