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'99 Audi A4 Wagon, 1.8 20v turbo with Quattro and 5 speed manual. 188k miles and still going strong. I love this car, except for the driver's seat is pretty trashed. It can haul me, the wife, 2 kids and all the bikes, gear and luggage for a week's road trip. I even slept in it at Sea Otter last year. I just put my camping gear in the roof box. This makes an awesome adventure vehicle, but still gets 30 mpg in normal everyday mode. I've used it to crawl up some steep mountaintop fireroads for work. It got up with less wheel spin than our Ford F550 truck with 4WD.

It's pretty much stock, except for upgraded HID projector headlights, stereo and Volkswagen Eos 17" rims with 45 aspect tires, and ceramic brake pads on slotted rotors. A trailer hitch and wiring harness were added by the previous owner. I would like to upgrade the suspension to make it less mushy, but I really don't want to drop more money on a 188k mile car unless I have a good reason.

It also doubles at my pickup truck for hauling appliances and furniture when I hook the trailer to it. I'm actually going to pick up a good used HE clothes washer with it tonight.

This thing is crazy versatile, and still returns decent gas mileage. Reliability has actually been pretty good, apart from the usual wear-out items like ball joints and wheel bearings... and one front driveshaft I had to replace. It's still on the original engine, transmission and turbocharger. Also, parts are pretty cheap as long as you don't go to the stealership.

I've got my eye out for a 2006-2008 A4 with 6 speed manual (the last of the Audi wagons with manual in this country) and 2.0t engine to replace this, but I think that has to wait for next year when I have some more cash.

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I love the design of that early 2000's Volvo XC wagon. I heard there are a few rolling around the States with a manual transmission. If I find one, I would seriously consider buying one. I've also been eyeing Audi Allroads. There are a few that have 6 speed manuals. But, that thing can be a maintenance nightmare. The air ride suspension is expensive to replace. It also gets like 23 mpg at best. My mechanic says he never wants to have to replace the turbos on one of those things again.
 

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My old wagon.

I may have another one in a couple days.


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Here is mine - 2014 (or 2015 as you Americans would say) Holden Commodore Wagon. Known stateside as a Chevy SS Wagon. I have the six cylinder 3.6lt version but it is a great car. Three bikes on the roof and room for everyone and everything in the back.



 

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Icy? Snowing? Raging blizzard? Who cares? Not me.

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Works equally well on desert sand and non-maintained reservation logging "roads."
 

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My '07 Volvo XC70. I LOVE this car! Just about to hit 115k miles and runs like a top. I'm looking forward to putting on another 100k.

My Ridley CX bike is on top in the pic, but I don't use the rack much because even the Salsa Horsethief 29er I just bought (which is a BIG bike) fits in the back with both wheels on.

I should call her the porn star, because she'll swallow anything like a champ!
 

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I'll always be a wagon guy. I'm still digging my 2011 Jetta Sportwagen, 5 speed manual and just hit 50k miles. It hauls bikes and gear in the summer and its got a set of snow tires and ski rack for the winter. Its never let me down.

 

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Is that a AMG Merc in the background? That's my dream wagon right there!
 

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Here is mine - 2014 (or 2015 as you Americans would say) Holden Commodore Wagon. Known stateside as a Chevy SS Wagon. I have the six cylinder 3.6lt version but it is a great car. Three bikes on the roof and room for everyone and everything in the back.



Yet another great car that we can't get here :madmax:
 

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My Wagons

Here is the current get-up-that-mountain-FAST bike hauler(2005 Porsche Cayenne S):


This was the former(2002 Audi allroad quattro Tiptronic):
 

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That's a SUV, not a wagon. The Audi counts though.
 
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