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do you guys shop at Wal-Mart and eat with chopsticks?
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do you guys shop at Wal-Mart and eat with chopsticks?
Short answer: Yes, and no.

We do a little shopping at Walmart, mostly for the few things we can find there that we have trouble finding elsewhere or for things we can get cheaply there, i.e., toiletpaper.

Have never learned to eat with chopsticks.

I did wonder what you were thinking of, though, when asking the question. ??
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You seem to love Asian cars.
 
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You seem to love Asian cars.
Yup. They run, and well.

FWIW, my Toyota Sienna was made in Princeton, Indiana.
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not all "all-wheel drives" are the same. some of these companies are criminal for suggesting it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_MXK2nzt2Y
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If you could only have one then I would suggest the Subaru Outback, it has room, comes with accessories other companies charge you for, good ground clearance and when you open the hood you will see that you have room and can get to everything.

There is a reason that these vehicles are popular, the folks that have owned them for years will tell you that they have had little or no trouble with them.
Also, they have a good resale value.
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Years ago, I bought a 10 yr old Suzuki Sidekick, 4 door JLX model.
It was arguably the best small 4wd SUV that I ever owned.
Drove that thing everywhere, did everything with it.
A lot of times, I didn't even need the 4wd.
Carted 3 kids, a dog, back end full of camping gear, the roof racks full of rubbermaid tubs, and a small tent trailer behind.
It only had a 4 cyl gas engine, and was grossly under powered. Once, while going up a steep hill, I got passed by a 1960's Volkswagon van... lol.
It was a great vehicle.
Wish I still had it.
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No and Yes.
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I understand that data is not the plural of anecdote.

That said, I have a 2007 Mercury Montego (think Ford 500) with the CVT. It is now in the range of 115,000 miles (coming due for the second transmission oil change) and I have had no trouble with this transmission.

BTW -- This vehicle has survived two teen drivers; both now in their 20s.
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What about the Subaru engine configuration?
Is the flat four inherently better or worse?
How about the flat six?
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My advise I always buy the base models for 35000 I would only buy 4 runners or Honda Pilot,30000 Subaru Outback 25000 cross track,rav 4,crv, Forster. i
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What about the Subaru engine configuration?
Is the flat four inherently better or worse?
How about the flat six?
The Boxer engine in a Subaru is awful to work on and some of them need head-gaskets every 125K-150K miles. Especially the 2.5. I loved Subarus back in the day when they offered something unique. Not anymore. If I wanted a small SUV, I'd rather have a Ford Escape.
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For my money, if I want safety, reliability, fuel economy, and I'm planning to keep it for a long time; you simply cannot beat a Toyota. As mentioned above, the 4-Runner and the RAV4 are superb choices in the SUV market.
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The Boxer engine in a Subaru is awful to work on and some of them need head-gaskets every 125K-150K miles. Especially the 2.5. I loved Subarus back in the day when they offered something unique. Not anymore. If I wanted a small SUV, I'd rather have a Ford Escape.
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A cousin of mine has a Ford Escape. He loves it. Not a lot of miles on it yet, though, and I'm not sure what kind of problems are typical over time. If looking at the big 3, it would be a Ford. Have driven both the Dodge and GM variations and they aren't a good fit for me. I wanted to like them, just couldn't get there.

Still hanging on to the Toyota Sienna and may run it a while longer. It's paid for...
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My advise I always buy the base models for 35000 I would only buy 4 runners or Honda Pilot,30000 Subaru Outback 25000 cross track,rav 4,crv, Forster. i
I'm not 100% sure I understand what you're saying. Is the "35000", "30000", and "25000" the price? Or mileage? or something maybe I'm not quite catching?

I understand the idea of buying a base model. Most of the base models these days have a lot of the creature comforts anyway... working radio often with CD player, air conditioning, usually even power windows/locks. Some of extra goodies on some vehicles can get pretty complex and pretty expensive to fix when something goes wrong.
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Sorry yes it is the price. The best website to shop for them is cars.com.
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A cousin of mine has a Ford Escape. He loves it. Not a lot of miles on it yet, though, and I'm not sure what kind of problems are typical over time. If looking at the big 3, it would be a Ford. Have driven both the Dodge and GM variations and they aren't a good fit for me. I wanted to like them, just couldn't get there.

Still hanging on to the Toyota Sienna and may run it a while longer. It's paid for...
I like "paid for!"
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$35,000?? I'd hardly be willing to spend that much on a house on 5 acres, much less a hunk of steel that will soon rust and wear out. I rarely spend more then $3000 for a SUV or 4WD truck and have done just fine. Are people here actually plunking down $35K cash for a vehicle? Or is it just a make-believe price the hopeful buyer is just making monthly payments?
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You seem to love Asian cars.
lol, "American" cars are more Mexican than American, and Japanese cars are more "American" than most American cars.

look where the plants are located,not the brand name origins, there is a Toyota of America corporation and headquarters here, me buying "Japanese" cars and trucks employs Americans across all related job sectors, more so than me buying a ford.

in short you don't know what your talking about and are acting like a jack ass in this thread.

Japan's Toyota has the most made-in-the USA car: Camry
http://fortune.com/2015/06/29/cars-made-in-america/

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome...ww.google.com/

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/...onda/86510052/

so can you please just STFU now and actually contribute something of worth if you have it.
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I find it kind of funny with "anti-foreign junk" sorts I commonly meet here in northern Michigan. They will proudly drive a Chevy Tracker (100% Suzuki) or a Pontiac Vibe (100% Toyota). Yet - when I picked up a Suzuki XL7, my neighbor bitched about it and it is 100% GM.

Any car company worth a damn is a world-company and uses tech from all over the planet. Makes no difference to me where something was assembled. My Chevy SUV was made in Canada and my Ford diesel truck was also made in Canada. My Dodge diesel truck was made in Mexico. Only vehicle I have owned in years that was actually made in the USA was a Subaru (which I hated).
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