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    Vehicle purchase considerations ............

    Next year this lifelong railroader is planning on 'pulling the pin' (46 years come April), anyways 40 of those years I've had the luxury of a company vehicle (current ride, Chevy Traverse LTZ). So, the first thing I need to do when I retire is buy a vehicle.

    My vacillation is taking me between SUV/Crossover and a small pick up.

    What I'm considering.......

    SUV/Crossover

    Chevy Traverse or Blazer RS
    Ford Edge ST
    Honda Pilot or Passport
    Porsche Cayenne (CPO)
    Audi SQ5

    pick-up's

    Honda Ridgeline
    Chevy Colorado
    Toyota Tacoma

    Anybody care to share their thoughts on any of these ?
    Cheers ! …. Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikado463 View Post
    Next year this lifelong railroader is planning on 'pulling the pin' (46 years come April), anyways 40 of those years I've had the luxury of a company vehicle (current ride, Chevy Traverse LTZ). So, the first thing I need to do when I retire is buy a vehicle.

    My vacillation is taking me between SUV/Crossover and a small pick up.

    What I'm considering.......

    SUV/Crossover

    Chevy Traverse or Blazer RS
    Ford Edge ST
    Honda Pilot or Passport
    Porsche Cayenne (CPO)
    Audi SQ5

    pick-up's

    Honda Ridgeline
    Chevy Colorado
    Toyota Tacoma

    Anybody care to share their thoughts on any of these ?
    My wife and I are considering the Honda Pilot. We really like it. You won’t like the ride in any of those pickups. You either need the top Ford F-150 or too Chevy with magnetic ride for a smooth ride. Porsche and Audi are $$$ for repairs and maintenance.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikado463 View Post
    Next year this lifelong railroader is planning on 'pulling the pin' (46 years come April), anyways 40 of those years I've had the luxury of a company vehicle (current ride, Chevy Traverse LTZ). So, the first thing I need to do when I retire is buy a vehicle.

    My vacillation is taking me between SUV/Crossover and a small pick up.

    What I'm considering.......

    SUV/Crossover

    Chevy Traverse or Blazer RS
    Ford Edge ST
    Honda Pilot or Passport
    Porsche Cayenne (CPO)
    Audi SQ5

    pick-up's

    Honda Ridgeline
    Chevy Colorado
    Toyota Tacoma

    Anybody care to share their thoughts on any of these ?
    A few Questions:
    - How many total cars in your family you plan to end up with?
    - aside from the vehicle that you plan to purchase what is the make and model of the other car(s)?
    -you said buying not leasing, correct?

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    Dave.......Congratulations on your impending retirement. You earned it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    My wife and I are considering the Honda Pilot. We really like it. You won’t like the ride in any of those pickups. You either need the top Ford F-150 or too Chevy with magnetic ride for a smooth ride. Porsche and Audi are $$$ for repairs and maintenance.
    The Ridgeline is a very smooth ride. Likely far better than any big truck no matter the suspension. It drives more like a car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vortrex View Post
    The Ridgeline is a very smooth ride. Likely far better than any big truck no matter the suspension. It drives more like a car.
    Don’t care for the looks myself. My F-150 Platinum rides amazingly well. Everyone comments about the smooth ride. The base model F-150 was awful.


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    Quote Originally Posted by nicoff View Post
    A few Questions:
    - How many total cars in your family you plan to end up with?
    - aside from the vehicle that you plan to purchase what is the make and model of the other car(s)?
    -you said buying not leasing, correct?
    well mama has her Subaru(Outback) and I have my 'toy' ('67 BB Corvette) so my purchase or lease will be my daily driver.

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    Dave.......Congratulations on your impending retirement. You earned it.
    Thank you Dan, yeah April 1, 1974(day I hired out with Penn Central) actually seems like yesterday, my golly how time flies !

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Don’t care for the looks myself. My F-150 Platinum rides amazingly well. Everyone comments about the smooth ride. The base model F-150 was awful.
    Interesting Mike, buddy of mine has a '18 F-150 Platinum and you're right, superb ride but I do not want nor need a full size pick up anymore. In the world of small pick up's with respect to ride quality Honda has NO competition. Vortex is 100% correct, smooth as silk. Will it tow and or haul compared with body on frame construction, of course not, but I don't need that. One other thing, if there's a better N/A V6 out there that surpasses the Honda 3.5, I've yet to see it.

    As for the Porsche / Audi thought, well I I just might want one more 'fun' vehicle before I settle down and get practical !
    Cheers ! …. Dave

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    Dave, Congratulations! What kind of driving / hauling do you plan? My friends who have BMW sedans and a crew cab F150, always take the F150 on long drives. Eg up and down I95. If you plan on that and need to still carry loads, a crew cab pickup is perfect. Luxurious in the right trim and comfortable for long trips. If you don’t need to haul things, think take care of a yard, pull horses, race cars etc, an SUV would be even better. But not necessarily ride better than a long wheelbase pickup. My wife and I bought an X5 to meet our needs. It is awesome. Craig
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    Hi Craig, my 'hauling' days are over(race car and snowmobiling no longer) thus the small p/u thought. The Honda Ridgeline is a crew cab and IMO has 'the' most ingenious pick up bed out there not to mention its tailgate.

    Truthfully my current company ride (Chevy Traverse) has been a great vehicle, thus the thought of it. Truthfully I have not given the BMW much thought, I will do so !
    Cheers ! …. Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by crwilli View Post
    My wife and I bought an X5 to meet our needs. It is awesome. Craig
    Craig, did the two of you look at the X4 M40i ? if so, thoughts ? Granted it appears less utilitarian than the X5 but I assume a better handling / road vehicle. With a back seat that folds down and a rear hatch I would think I would have no trouble loading up my gun gear, especially my gun buggy without issues.
    Cheers ! …. Dave

 

 
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