Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hypothetical Dad Mobile Shopping

Current ride: '04 Scion Xb
The wife has been ill the past 2 days (hopefully with just the flu), so my mind has begun to wander! Currently, I drive an extremely reliable 2004 Scion Xb (to the right).  Bought new in 2004 in San Francisco, it has been through a lot, always coming out unscathed (for the most part). The car has over 120k miles on it, and I've begun to wonder if it's a car that I should keep to drive around the soon to arrive child. Financially, it makes sense, but of course as a guy, part of me wants to go car shopping for something new (used, but new to me). So, I began to do some research. My car could sell realistically for $5,500 and it's paid off. This puts me in a new car price range of $10-$15,000 total. I've come to find out, that when shopping for practical yet stylish Dad Mobile in this price range, it's no easy task. Here's what I found that peaked my interest:
2008 Volvo V50 2.4i $14,000

2007 Honda Element $16,000
'06 Ford F150 4x4 SuperCab STX

2007 Ford Edge SE $14,000
2006 Subaru Baja Turbo $18,000

2007 Ford Edge SE $14,000
*I apologize for the layout of the pictures, this setup is not very conducive to layout design!

The goal of this project was to find a safe, reliable, good looking, practical daddy mobile. I love all six of the above cars (although I've only driven a couple of them), but I'm drawn to two of them in particular.

First, the Ford F150 Super Cab STX. It's a 4 wheel drive extra cab pickup. It's stylish, allows me to tow, pickup and deliver anything that I might need for rehab projects around the house. Most importantly, it safely has room for a baby car seat.

Second, and my first choice for a sedan/wagon is the Volvo V50. It's sporty, stylish, safe, reliable and I think a pretty manly wagon option. The price is right, too! Ever since the 2000's, I've had a thing for the Volvo Turbo Wagons, and this fits the card quite nicely. I really like the tinted windows to boot. Hilarious sticker to the left.

I've spent quite some time researching these options compared with others, so I hope this might shed some light onto what's out there while taking a budget in mind. Just a side note, Christie and I started a convertible savings account 1 week before we surprisingly and unexpectedly found out she was pregnant. This daddy mobile was supposed to be a BMW Z5 (see blog banner picture:), but I'm not bitter. Honestly. This Wonderful Whoopsie is going to kick that BMW's ass.

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