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Audi or Taurus Wagon
Okay, here goes. Please try to be logical when you attack me.
I need a station wagon. I don't want a mini-van, (bad milage, and they
don't seem so safe), and we have too much stuff to carry around in a car.
It has to be automatic, (my wife drives our 4000s manual now, but prefers
not to have to shift while she cares for a baby). It also has to be fairly
big, safe, and it must get at least 20 mpg on the expressway. I don't want
to spend more than $5500. I'd prefer a drivers side airbag. I don't want
to spend a lot of money rebuilding automatic transmissions. I don't mind
the occasional brake accumulator or window switch. I want it to be fairly
reliable for two years and then I would like to get at least $2500 for it.
What would you go for? Here are the choices that I see:
'89 100 wagon - great car, no drivers airbag, scary auto transmission
rebuilds looming, hard to find a nice one.
'88 5000 wagon - same as above
92-94 Taurus wagon - I hear the head gaskets are made from used toilet
tissue, and various other torture
'86 - '88 Volvo 740 wagon - trans is made by Mitsubishi - is reportedly
okay. Car is harsh riding, slow and I have some kind of unexplained
distaste for it.
I don't feel the Camry is very safe. Should I consider an Olds? I don't
have much experience with anything but European cars.