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I need something different. My 265K XJ aint cutting it anymore. Below are my concerns. Tell me what I need :flipoff2:

70 miles round trip
3 kids (6,4, and 1.5) . Car seats are HUGE!
Cheap-ish
20+ MPG
I like wagons, don’t mind vans.
I want to pay cash. 5-7 grand.
 

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crew cab gmt900

edit: what don't you like about the XJ? What about finding a new(er) one?
15mpg, 265K, needs evaporator, 3 car seats DO NOT FIT without me busting my knuckles.

I have 4 Jeeps currently. I have always driven a Jeep of some sort for the past 22 years. Id like a car/wagon/van. Im not getting rid of it just done driving it everyday.


k car wagon
Ill take two. Seriously.
 

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You are correct.

Im willing to travel. I have friends/family in Kentucky. Id be willing to fly and drive.
An Autdi/VW (passat platform) I doubt is any larger than an XJ, but they can be found AWD. Good domestic wagons stopped being made in what the early 90's so you are talking old clapped out shit for certain. Sucks because growing up that is all we had and they are very practical.
 

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Change the car seats to something that fits 3 across? See: https://www.babycenter.com/609_37-car-seats-that-fit-3-across-in-most-vehicles-updated-for_20001028.bc
I have a Ford Taurus X and like it, 3 rows is nice. You can fit 3 car seats, or 3 adults in the 2nd row. Two friendly adults fit fairly well in the 3rd row (my oldest likes it as then they have their own seat and the younger two share the 2nd row).
I also looked at the Volvo XC90, Acadia (and the Chevrolet variant), Highlander, Pilot, Santa Fe, Veracruz, etc but found this one for under $2000 (had high miles, needed a clockspring, brakes and an exhaust flex joint).

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I have an xj with 2 car seats in the back. My work car is a pontiac vibe and the back seat seems larger than the Cherokee, especially with car seats in it. Vibes/matrix are pretty cheap, get decent mpg, and they also made awd ones. Prius would be decent choice as well.

3 car seats in anything but something full size or a van is going to be tight.
 

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Change the car seats to something that fits 3 across? See: https://www.babycenter.com/609_37-car-seats-that-fit-3-across-in-most-vehicles-updated-for_20001028.bc
I have a Ford Taurus X and like it, 3 rows is nice. You can fit 3 car seats, or 3 adults in the 2nd row. Two friendly adults fit fairly well in the 3rd row (my oldest likes it as then they have their own seat and the younger two share the 2nd row).
I also looked at the Volvo XC90, Acadia (and the Chevrolet variant), Highlander, Pilot, Santa Fe, Veracruz, etc but found this one for under $2000 (had high miles, needed a clockspring, brakes and an exhaust flex joint).

Aaron Z


From that link
"Maybe you have a compact car that’s just 48 inches wide."



1997 XJ
Second Hip Room (in) 44.3





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Clearance the car seats. :laughing:
Dont think I havent thought about it!

3 car seats in anything but something full size or a van is going to be tight.
I think you are right

Kia Sorento
I dont mind Kia's.

The newest Honda or Toyota minivan you can afford.
They that much better than a Caravan or Town and Country? I like the looks of the Mazda MPV too.
 

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I have a NMS Passat ('13+) and it would fit the bill for what you're looking for with regard to the carseats. I have a '15 TDI variant, the latest turbocharged 4 cylinders are offering close to the diesel fuel economy without the fuel price premium I'm paying here in FL. Sedans are not moving fast and for 20k you can get some models out the door at a dealership new for that price. If you want to take a trip to the warmer south you can get a 3-5 year old car without rust for much less.

'15 NMS Passat 55k miles 12k

'06 4 motion 9k this is the older model so it is a bit narrower and closer to the current model Jetta in rear seat sizing.

I (6' tall) can sit in front of my son in his rearward facing carseat (britax boulevard G4.1) reasonably comfortably I'd like the seat back another inch but it is within tolerances even for long distance road trips. My daughter is in a booster behind the driver, there is room for a 3rd carseat in the middle, but as has been pointed out above 3wide is heavily dependent upon what carseats you have. the 6YO should be in a booster some of these are stupid wide with cup holders etc.
 
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