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Greetings from Manitoba!

Post by Atara » Sat Jun 25, 2011 12:18 pm

Hello!

My husband and I were looking for a list of new cars that are available with manual transmissions, and stumbled across this forum. What luck!

I've been driving sticks since my very first car, and it's pretty much a non-negotiable feature on any car that we're purchasing. We are retiring my 1996 Saturn SL1 with honours - that little car owes me nothing. :) A fifteen year old car with a factory clutch - can't ask for better than that. (The clutch is starting to show signs of wear, and since replacing the clutch would cost more than the car's worth we figured it's time to retire him.)

We currently have a 2008 VW Eos, so we're looking for another "utility" car for commuting, errands, hauling friends and family around, etc. We've narrowed it down to two main contenders: a VW Golf Sportwagen TDI (this is badged as the Jetta Sportwagen TDI in the US, but it's the same car) and a Subaru Outback.

Does anyone have any experience with either car? We'd love to hear your review. Thanks!
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Re: Greetings from Manitoba!

Post by 4onthefloor » Sat Jun 25, 2011 4:23 pm

My first suggestion was actually going to be a golf wagon, even before I read your ideas. However as a Subaru fanatic I have to go with the Outback.

Drive a bunch of cars and see what you like. I think you might like the AWD of the Subie for that Manitoba weather.
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Re: Greetings from Manitoba!

Post by potownrob » Sat Jun 25, 2011 5:18 pm

VW Golf R??
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Re: Greetings from Manitoba!

Post by FDSpirit » Sat Jun 25, 2011 5:20 pm

I think they're both great choices. Just choose whichever you like and what suits you and your family best. Either way, another member on the boards is a good thing :o . I have sadly not driven either, but I did drive a WRX wagon a while back, which I found to be pretty nice in terms of space and response.
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Re: Greetings from Manitoba!

Post by theholycow » Sat Jun 25, 2011 8:09 pm

The Sportwagen TDI ought to be a great choice.

It's a shame to retire that SL1 just because of the clutch replacement. Where are you located, what is its condition apart from the clutch issue, and how much are you looking to get for it? I'm on another forum with people who may want it.
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Re: Greetings from Manitoba!

Post by Atara » Sat Jun 25, 2011 10:58 pm

We test drove both cars today. We really liked the handling and acceleration of the VW, and the gas mileage on the TDI is hard to beat. On the other hand, the Outback has much higher clearance and better handling on loose gravel road, which would come in handy during our winters (since the city seems to think that plowing back lanes is the lowest thing on their priority list...)

We're going to think about it for a little while. There are pros and cons to both cars.
theholycow wrote:It's a shame to retire that SL1 just because of the clutch replacement. Where are you located, what is its condition apart from the clutch issue, and how much are you looking to get for it? I'm on another forum with people who may want it.
Actually, the thought of selling the Saturn hadn't even crossed our minds, mostly because we figured we'd get a pittance for it. We were going to donate it to a local charity, and would probably get a $900 tax receipt or so.

Aside from the clutch, one (or two?) of the front wheel bearings is going. This is the second time in two years they've been replaced. Also, the brake shoe mounting keeps coming loose and needs to be spot-welded every few years. Other than that, it's got the usual sorts of quirks that a car with 103,000 (mostly city) miles would have - stone chip in the windshield, wonky wiring in one of the taillights, etc. We're located in Winnipeg, MB Canada. The car was originally imported from the States, though, so the odometer and speedometer are in miles.
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Re: Greetings from Manitoba!

Post by AHTOXA » Sun Jun 26, 2011 12:16 am

Welcome to the forum and enjoy your stay. Its a tough choice between the subaru and TDi wagon. I think i would have gone the TDi route.
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Re: Greetings from Manitoba!

Post by Squint » Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:47 am

Welcome! And personally, I'd go with the TDI, though I'm partial to diesels (in most instances)...
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Re: Greetings from Manitoba!

Post by 94Corolla5Speed » Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:34 pm

Welcome! My friend has a 2010 Subaru Outback 4 cylinder with the CVT, and it is HUGE. Apparently the seats are very uncomfortable for long journeys also. That said, around town and during winter it is a pretty nice car. Although personally I would take the TDI.

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Re: Greetings from Manitoba!

Post by ColJessip » Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:35 pm

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Re: Greetings from Manitoba!

Post by eggwich delfiero » Tue Jul 05, 2011 2:55 am

I believe the TDi cars are much cheaper in Canada, compared to what they are sold for in the states. Even at US prices, it's a good car, so I vote for the Sportwagen.

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