My beloved old 1990 Subaru Legacy wagon is sadly falling apart around her still strong engine, so I’m thinking I’m going to retire her soon and get another car, so I thought I’d ask around and see what you all thought about what I could get. Here’s the parameters:
4wd or AWD is STRONGLY preferred, but I have taken a few long looks at Jetta Sportswagen and Prius V.
Manual transmission. VERY VERY strongly preferred, but also not a deal-breaker
We’re talking wagons here: No SUV’s, and the only “crossover” I’ve seen and liked is the new Outback.
I’m budgetting around spending no more than 30K, though I’m really gunning for more like 25K.
My little wish-list above are based around practicality as much as driving dynamics (I LIKE the way a 4wd car drives, I like shifting gears with a clutch, and I like being able to park in the city).
I’ve of course looked at Subaru, but after driving around in my Legacy, the new Impreza seems just a bit too small and the new Outback seems a bit too SUV-ish. So I’ve taken peeks online at used Audi A4’s and BMW 328’s, as well as some of the older (more wagon-like) Outbacks.