QOTD: What Shall Replace Our Forester? Is It Me Or Is It The New Cars?

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Stephanie and I have been mulling over options for replacing the Forester. It’s fourteen years old, has 170k brutal miles (endless trips less than a mile without a full warm-up), has piston slap and now the head gaskets are finally leaking. In 2000, I knew exactly what I wanted: the Forester. Now? Meh….

Subaru Crosstrek XV

We really like the Forester’s compact size, the great visibility, the tall roof, the roomy cargo area, the performance, traction and handling. There’s just nothing out there that’s even similar. Yes, the Subaru Impreza or Crosstrek come fairly close, but the rear cargo compartment and visibility are compromised by the fast back styling. How about a real wagon with a squared-off back?

VW Jetta Sportwagen

Stephanie’s current object of consideration is the VW Jetta Sportwagen. Yea; I’ve always wanted a “sportwagen”…  Ok, it is a a compact wagon, and there’s a lot to like about the Golf/Jetta, although the 2.5 five cylinder isn’t at the top of the list. It does have a lot of grunt, but fuel economy is at the low end of the pack (23/30). But I’m not finding gobs of enthusiasm.

What else? Mazda CX-5? Umm. Maybe we need to go back in time, and relive the enthusiasm we had for new cars in 1985 or so?

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We’ve been giving serious thought to trying to find a well-kept W124 wagon. I’ve never quite gotten over my 300E. But these are going on thirty years old, legendary old-school Benz construction and all.

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A Volvo 740 series wagon is the other “classic” under consideration. Either one would cost quite a lot less than a new car, and it’s not like we drive all that much. Stephanie runs some errands, and there’s occasional road trip and weekend outings.

So is there a new car out there we should be more excited about? Or should we just stop trying and embrace a Curbside Classic, and all that entails?