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Old January 24th, 2010, 03:11 PM   #1
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My wife is prego and we are looking for a mommy mobile. At first I was going to buy an SRT8 Cherokee but that is a bit rediculous so now I'm looking at a newer Honda Element with the color matching panels and a five speed, the SC model. The difference is Jeep for $40k or the Honda for less then $20k.

My roommate in Cleveland has one and I really loved the inside, seat configurations and the materials used.

So does anyone have one and what is your opinion?

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i have ridden in the honda i thought it was really nice long trip was no problem rides smooth
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Get her a diesel VW.
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How do the crash ratings compare? Honestly if I was buying a vehicle for my wife/kids safety would be my number one concern. Does it have side curtain airbags? I also know in some Ford vehicles they were coming out with seatbelt airbags to lessen the blow for kids and such? Are these out yet does anyone know (Bones?)
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Reliability is a factor so no go on the VW.
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How do the crash ratings compare? Honestly if I was buying a vehicle for my wife/kids safety would be my number one concern. Does it have side curtain airbags? I also know in some Ford vehicles they were coming out with seatbelt airbags to lessen the blow for kids and such? Are these out yet does anyone know (Bones?)
I didn't think of that, thanks! This whole kid thing and thinking of safety is pretty new to me.
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Ever see the dash in pretty much any 50s or early 60s cars? We had a 57 Ford Galaxie that had [1] no seatbelts, [2] a metal dash, [3] chrome trim items sticking out of metal dash. And we all lived to talk about it...

Honest to God, a good (safe, reliable, reasonably-priced) mommy-mobile would be a Crown Vic or Grand Marquis. Not stylish, hip, or cool but dead reliable, safe, roomy (with a real trunk), widely available, and available for $10K everywhere...
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You do know the Cherokee's come in different flavors don't you? You don't need to get her a SRT8...they do make basic SUV's also. Honda might be reliable but will it take a side impact as good as a Cherokee? Buy a one year old Hybrid Tahoe 20cty 20hyw?

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Ever see the dash in pretty much any 50s or early 60s cars? We had a 57 Ford Galaxie that had [1] no seatbelts, [2] a metal dash, [3] chrome trim items sticking out of metal dash. And we all lived to talk about it...

Honest to God, a good (safe, reliable, reasonably-priced) mommy-mobile would be a Crown Vic or Grand Marquis. Not stylish, hip, or cool but dead reliable, safe, roomy (with a real trunk), widely available, and available for $10K everywhere...
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get an old police cruiser and then when the kid trashes the back seat you can hose it out. Nick (C.K.) has one, and they can pack everything for their kid in the trunk. You could always go a little higher price wise and get her a Town Car.
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You do know the Cherokee's come in different flavors don't you? You don't need to get her a SRT8...they do make basic SUV's also. Honda might be reliable but will it take a side impact as good as a Cherokee? Buy a one year old Hybrid Tahoa 20cty 20hyw?
The Element is 5* both front and side. Has a 100k transferable drivetrain warranty and is made in OH. Besides 25mpgs.
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get an old police cruiser and then when the kid trashes the back seat you can hose it out. Nick (C.K.) has one, and they can pack everything for their kid in the trunk. You could always go a little higher price wise and get her a Town Car.[/quo
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The element can also be hosed out. A crown vic is not happening due to wife not liking them.

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Reliability is a factor so no go on the VW.
Really? It was always my understanding that they were always very reliable. I guess the new models must be different.
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my son has one of these and it drives really well,and he might be selling it he got a new job and is getting a brand new car
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is the intent to keep it as the kid ages? or dump it in 2-3 years before it really starts making a mess in the car?

from experience, we really thought that the convenience of dual sliding doors when dealing with infant carriers and car seats while the kids were at ages where they could not buckle themselves in was extremely worth it - it's one reason we kept the heap of shit, completely falling apart, and never knowing when it would blow up chevy venture.

while I wouldn't suggest that particular make/brand - I would suggest that a van might be worth considering at this time - most have the additional feature of having quite good crash ratings
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rydead he's talking about 1 kid....don't go minivan for one kid...
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rydead he's talking about 1 kid....don't go minivan for one kid...
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edit: besides - he's already tossing the idea of an element around... a minivan isn't really that big a stretch
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I still wouldnt go mini van for 2 kids.

If I had 3 I "may" consider it, if I had 4 and money was tight i would have a minivan, but would prefer a suburban.
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I still wouldnt go mini van for 2 kids.

If I had 3 I "may" consider it, if I had 4 and money was tight i would have a minivan, but would prefer a suburban.
I'd prefer a suburban as well - that being said, the wife has some peculiar genetics in that none of her family can drive (especially in reverse) something that large.

with only having 2, we find that we also are typically dragging their friends around and/or sporting gear.

The wagon (2008 Taurus X) works great to that end, and is barely any better on mpg, but is more car like so the wife has so far managed to not wreck it in the past 8 months of driving.

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