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Old August 19th, 2013, 09:16 PM
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Fzj80?

With the third child here, my daily driver appliance A4 simply isn't big enough to carry the entire family. Our 100 series cruiser has been fantastic over the last few years and it makes sense that an 80 series would make a smart replacement for the Audi.

Anyone know of any good examples that are available? I'm monitoring ih8mud, expo and CL. And after having had a slew of RRCs and discos, I'm looking for an FZJ80, lets leave that conversation alone.

Thanks!
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Old August 19th, 2013, 09:21 PM
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Edit: scratch all that.

Toyota Sequoia.
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would make a smart replacement for the Audi.
Could you define "smart" for us?
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Old August 20th, 2013, 08:41 AM
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Get another 100 series if you want another DD. I have an 06 and will probably own her till the kids are in college. Will be hard to find a clean 80. I know of a very nice built one going for $15k and worth every penny. Pm me if you are interested in something like that.

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Old August 20th, 2013, 08:44 AM
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Sequoia is an interesting idea. It doesn't need to be perfectly clean as 90% of the time it will just be shuttling me into town, but it does need to be able to carry 2 car seats and a booster seat.
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Old August 20th, 2013, 09:58 AM
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Nearly did the first gen sequoia back in 2005. Great vehicle. Nice tow rating for a trailer queen as well....
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Old August 20th, 2013, 10:10 AM
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x2 on a Suburban/Tahoe. Everyone I've known with either the newer or older body styles has been very pleased with them
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Hadn't considered a tahoe, thanks for that. I'm afraid a suburban wouldn't make it through the slalom course of the underground parking garages at my offices.
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Old August 20th, 2013, 10:20 AM
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Slow as possible, fast as necessary . . . and yell at the ticket guy to get out of your line.
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Id suggest a suburban. It it the least exciting car we own, and yet does the job perfectly. A Tahoe would work around town, but if you travel at all, or have a dog, the extra room behind the 3rd row for child paraphernalia is nice on a suburban.

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Hadn't considered a tahoe, thanks for that. I'm afraid a suburban wouldn't make it through the slalom course of the underground parking garages at my offices.
x4 or whatever on the 'Burban. It has tons of room and my vehicle doubles as a worktruck when needed (just take the back seats out and a throw in some tarp.

Our 2010 is pretty agile for it's size. Just take it slow and get one with the backup camera. I've gotten it into some pretty tight spots but I do use the parking features. I have had it in a few tight underground garages.

Traveling with the kids and dogs is where it shines. I've done many 1000 miles trips up to VT and back in 'Burbans in all kinds of weather and the truck get shit done. Plus they go down the highway very nicely. My old man who can nit-pick any vehicle loves our and his only complaint is the MPG (which I tell him it gets 85MPG/passenger when loaded up).

And they look so much better than a Sequoia.
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Old August 20th, 2013, 12:26 PM
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Being a Ford guy I will throw in a vote to get an Expedition I love mine and like my last dozen or so Fords I have owned I fully expect to keep it till at least around the 200k mile mark. It is great on trips and tows the 110, the boat and 4 wheelers with no problem. The good thing about the Expedition/Tahoe route is parts are readily available and so are good indepenant mechanics.
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Does it have to be an SUV?
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No, but I'm not sure what else will hold that many car and booster seats (save a conversion van, which would be fantastic)
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Id suggest a suburban. It it the least exciting car we own, and yet does the job perfectly. A Tahoe would work around town, but if you travel at all, or have a dog, the extra room behind the 3rd row for child paraphernalia is nice on a suburban.

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I understand the size concern about a 'burb, but they are just so easy to drive its insane. I've been tempted several times to go and get one especially with two dogs......oh yeah and two kids.....

There is no way I'd ever go for a 'hoe, simply because for another $1,500 or so, the Burb is so much more useful, especially with the third row up.
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A guy from the DC area wheeled an Excursion at the VOT certainly you could navigate a suburan through the suburbs.
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No, but I'm not sure what else will hold that many car and booster seats (save a conversion van, which would be fantastic)
So, at the risk of 'turn in your man card' kind of comments, why not something like a Town and Country, Odyssey, Sienna? My friend has two kids and a dog. Has both a Chrysler minivan and an Acadia. The amount of little nooks and storage areas in his van is crazy. It has the Pentastar V6 and is WAY faster than you think it ought to be and gets pretty decent mileage for its size and weight. Both his kids are in booster seats and getting them in and out is a breeze with two sliding doors. Ive ridden in it and its no slouch and very comfortable.

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A guy from the DC area wheeled an Excursion at the VOT certainly you could navigate a suburan through the suburbs.
He came away with some pretty sizable body damage it seems. If I came home with two stoved in doors, my wife would kill me. Plus, in and around DC, parking garages are a fact of life. They are usually low clearance and a pain. I drive a '12 four door Focus and some DC garages are a pain for even me to maneuver around in.
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Yeah, Im aware of the new beauty marks on the Excursion from the event. My excuse with the 109 is I just tell folks I drive by Braille.

I'm very familiar with DC and the parking situation. Lived in and around DC for most of my life. Mostly just some tonge in cheek humor there man.
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Yeah, Im aware of the new beauty marks on the Excursion from the event. My excuse with the 109 is I just tell folks I drive by Braille.
I took my wife out with me for a weekend down at URE. On the way down to there, the power steering belt popped and the local NAPA didnt have anything close to the right size so we hit the trails with me Armstronging it. I ran into everything with the front bumper. Helped justify the ridiculous price of 60 series MAF bumpers.
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There's your answer Tony...step up the the Mani-van...

Good god what have we come to?
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