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Old 08-19-2013, 01:34 PM
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As you're in the family planning stage, why not wait a little for the newer diesels to come down in price.

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Old 08-19-2013, 02:02 PM
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Suburban, with the 6.6 v8 or pay a shop to throw a 6BT in there. A turnkey 90's diesel burban refreshed and ready to go with a 6BT shouldn't be over 25k
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Old 08-19-2013, 02:07 PM
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...any news on the decision front? Flights to Europe are cheapest around February .
We're still a few years off from needing this. But my wife has already made a few comments.

Minivan: not a chance
Sprinter: I don't want a butt ugly van
Suburban: not a chance
w124 wagon: It needs to be higher up

I will not host an American car in my driveway. I've see too much crap to encourage that type of product.

I think it will come down to a diesel swap into an asian or german crossover or suv. Or a s124 with a 606 engine.
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Old 08-19-2013, 02:10 PM
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A neighbor of mine has 4 kids and he has a normal 2002ish suburban....seems to suit them well. They also have a Montana Minivan......I imagine the fuel costs are significant, but they never seem to have any issues.

Honestly importing or hacking a vehicle sounds like a terrible plan. With 4 kids you're going to have 0 time to work on them anyways.

The newer sprinter's are not ugly, they are pretty awesome. But $$$.
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Old 08-19-2013, 02:16 PM
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As you're in the family planning stage, why not wait a little for the newer diesels to come down in price.
I don't see anything coming into that price range until well after the vehicle is needed.

My son is 3, my daughter 6 months. If we have another in one year and the final one in a year and a half after that one, then that's a total of 4 kids in a minimum of 2.5 years from now. Even if a GL or R class diesel would fit our needs, I don't see either being offered for under 10k in 2.5 years (unless they were totaled and being sold as parts cars).
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Old 08-19-2013, 02:33 PM
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We're still a few years off from needing this. But my wife has already made a few comments.

Minivan: not a chance
Sprinter: I don't want a butt ugly van
Suburban: not a chance
w124 wagon: It needs to be higher up

I will not host an American car in my driveway. I've see too much crap to encourage that type of product.

I think it will come down to a diesel swap into an asian or german crossover or suv. Or a s124 with a 606 engine.
...does this mean no MPV ?




I really started to like that car .
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Old 08-19-2013, 02:36 PM
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...does this mean no MPV ?

Maybe I'll have to being one over myself someday...
No MPV. My aunt has one and I've always hated the way they looked and drove.

I was totally serious when I said that there was a "no minivan" clause in our wedding vows.
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No MPV. My aunt has one and I've always hated the way they looked and drove.

I was totally serious when I said that there was a "no minivan" clause in our wedding vows.
Third row seats in Mitzi?
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Old 08-19-2013, 03:12 PM
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If her back hurts some now, wait till babies 3 and 4 come out.

Speaking as someone who has already raised 3 children, get a Sienna or Honda MV. No better kid haulers available. She'll have 4 kids - bet she won't care in the least what the vehicle looks like as long as those kids will shut up and let her be.
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You know what you guys need? The following car with the following bumper stickers







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Old 08-19-2013, 03:24 PM
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If her back hurts some now, wait till babies 3 and 4 come out.

Speaking as someone who has already raised 3 children, get a Sienna or Honda MV. No better kid haulers available. She'll have 4 kids - bet she won't care in the least what the vehicle looks like as long as those kids will shut up and let her be.
She's had two surgeries on her back due to slipped/ruptured discs. Pregnancy had nothing to do with it. Her first surgery was a full 2 years prior to my son's conception.

I don't know how many more times I can say "no minivan".
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Old 08-19-2013, 03:25 PM
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You know what you guys need? The following car with the following bumper stickers







Sorry, we're a no bumper sticker family.

And I don't vote.
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Old 08-19-2013, 03:26 PM
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Third row seats in Mitzi?
Not yet, but they are in the garage.
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No MPV. My aunt has one and I've always hated the way they looked and drove.

I was totally serious when I said that there was a "no minivan" clause in our wedding vows.
So out of curiosity, how did your wedding vows go? Something like, "...'til death or minivans do us part."?
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Sorry, we're a no bumper sticker family.

And I don't vote.
I was joking . Seems to that practically every other minivan has some combination of those stickers....why????

Now to something more serious: I know that Mercedes made higher springs for W123 sold in areas with rough roads -- for example, I believe Delibes' wagon rode on those. Was something similar made for the W124 or could you have a place make you coils that would achieve the same effect?

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