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Hello all,

I've been in Colorado for over a year for work, but I'm now pulling the trigger and moving to CO.

I've decided my 1994 Toyota 4x4 would likely not do very well going through inspection here in CO so I need a replacement. While I'm narrowing down to a 4Runner, I'm finding all these Subaru's around pretty interesting.

I need something I can throw a bike on, throw skis on and have room inside to keep all my stuff dry and warm.

What say you?

Thx
 

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What's the problem with the Toyota?

The right answer is almost ALWAYS keep the car you have.

Other than that, the Subaru Outback is a good choice.
 

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my awd audi a4 fits the bill for everything you mentioned, plus it's comfortable at cruising speeds for longer distances and handles the weather great.

mine is getting old now but i'm likely going to replace it with a new a3 next year.
 

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Hello all,

I've been in Colorado for over a year for work, but I'm now pulling the trigger and moving to CO.

I've decided my 1994 Toyota 4x4 would likely not do very well going through inspection here in CO so I need a replacement. While I'm narrowing down to a 4Runner, I'm finding all these Subaru's around pretty interesting.

I need something I can throw a bike on, throw skis on and have room inside to keep all my stuff dry and warm.

What say you?

Thx
You can get an exception if the inspection problem cannot be fixed. I'm assuming you think it will not pass emissions.
 

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Thx for the responses. The truck just passed MD emissions and was nowhere near the limits. It has been sitting for nearly two years and is pretty rough (came from ohio and then subjected to east coast humidity since 2000). It will need new tires, parking brake doesn't work (quoted at $1200 by Toyota dealer to replace), new brakes, etc. I'm guessing it needs $2500 to get it back in shape. The wife has a camry but were worried about traveling to the mountains. The truck doesn't do well in 2WD in the rain or snow.

lidarman - i just got a huge loan to buy a townhouse in Boulder. I've helped about as much as I can, at least until I can sell my house back east.
 

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Thx for the responses. The truck just passed MD emissions and was nowhere near the limits. It has been sitting for nearly two years and is pretty rough (came from ohio and then subjected to east coast humidity since 2000). It will need new tires, parking brake doesn't work (quoted at $1200 by Toyota dealer to replace), new brakes, etc. I'm guessing it needs $2500 to get it back in shape. The wife has a camry but were worried about traveling to the mountains. The truck doesn't do well in 2WD in the rain or snow.
Welcome fellow Leastcoaster!

When I brought by 2001 Bravada here, the only thing they checked was emissions. My tires were bald. In fact, they still are (wires sticking out). I don't drive it anymore though. It's in the garage until I finish saving up to refurb it. It's not like east coast inspections. In NJ they would get you for a paint chip. You'll be fine with your truck, but do get new tires.
 

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We don't have full inspections here- they only test emissions. If you can pass emissions, you're golden. You've probably seen all of the Subarus and Toyotas here- it really depends on if you need to haul or tow stuff (well, a Subaru can tow stuff, but not very well...).
 

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Cheaper to get a set of GOOD snow tires for the Camry.
Never had any problems going to the ski hills with Blizzaks on my front wheel driver.
 

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Thanks for the help. I'm just going to ship it and see what happens. If I could get another year out if it that would be great.
 

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Subaru is the adoptive state bird for non natives...You should get one....Canada Goose is called a Colorado Pigeon. Don't forget a I ski loveland bumper sticker as well.The worst part about moving here though is that you have to pick a side....To shuttle apex or not. 6th generation native out........
 

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If you drive the Subaru then the sticker should say I TELE Loveland!

1 vote for keeping the truck- 98' two wheel drive tacoma
1 vote 4runner -97' 4runner

no car payments- priceless!
 

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Great local Auto Shops

Keep your truck - there are great local shops here that can get it up to snuff for a reasonable price. (We use Pellman's.) Besides, when it's too tired, just put on the exo-skeleton and turn it into a rock crawler.
 

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Go Subie.
Look around. They're everywhere. A nice, solid AWD wagon with a decent set of tires will get you everywhere you need to go.
 

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I have a 1989 Cherokee with nearly 260,000 miles and it passes emissions inspection just fine every year. Unless there is something wrong with the engine your Toyota should be fine.
The stealership wants $1200 dollars to fix the parking brake? Bwaaahaaahaaa, it sounds like you are being volunteered to make up for slow car sales. Parking brakes are very simple, take it to an independent shop and get it fixed for a fraction of that amount.
 

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Hitch is the way to go. 2in receiver is tits. You can have 4 bikes back there. Cars suck in that department. 4x4 Toyota is a great vehicle for this area, especially if you like to go into the back country. Fixing a car you have is typically much cheaper than paying the difference for a new one. And you shouldn't fix anything at the dealership, unless it is a warranty item.

Front wheel drive with snow tires is all you need, when you stay on the roads.

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Wouldn't it cost a grand to have it shipped out here? Probably not worth it.

Get something newer and safer. If it has a 22R 4 cyl. motor, they get over worked trying to push trucks up the hills at high altitude, and don't last long or get good gas mileage doing so.

Subarus are good (I have a '06 Impreza), but they come with terrible tires that should be thrown away immediately, check tire rack for ratings. Also, the paint is fairly low quality and the body is very easy to dent. AWD and good handling is the upside.
 
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