Bought my last Honda.

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Keep your Honda. You have barely used it. You probably own it. It is way cheaper to run than anything you would buy. If it does not get enough use just have Zelda drive it 2 days a week. It sounds like it fits your skiing needs and you walk to work. The couple MPG you MIGHT pick up will take years to make up the money you spend on a new car.

However, if you are sick of your Honda and have the cash/trade value to get what you want, make the switch.

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x10003q wrote
Keep your Honda. You have barely used it. You probably own it. It is way cheaper to run than anything you would buy. If it does not get enough use just have Zelda drive it 2 days a week. It sounds like it fits your skiing needs and you walk to work. The couple MPG you MIGHT pick up will take years to make up the money you spend on a new car.

However, if you are sick of your Honda and have the cash/trade value to get what you want, make the switch.
This makes a lot of sense. And I'm a drive it into the ground kind of guy. But what we've learned is that (even with Zelda driving the CRV, which she started to do two years ago) the rust progresses very fast.  At around the six year mark we've have to sell the thing - while the visible body looks good - to get a decent amount in return.  We got 10k for the 1998 when it was eight years old. It had 80,000 miles, and LOOKED great, but had issues underneath.
"If it's my mountain, I'm installing a fixed grip and telling the lifties to stuff the beginners into chairs as aggressively as they have to, to keep it going full speed." —Brownski
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Harvey44 wrote
Sponge: What's the down side of driving the Sube every day?  I don't drive every day - mostly just on the weekends - but still would like to know.
Just my opinion, but I find Subarus are quite boring as an everyday car. If you're accustomed to driving ANY Honda, you might notice what I'm talking about. Just make sure you try some twisty roads and a good bit of highway if you test drive one. OTOH, the Subaru will get you up that driveway without fail.
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Spongeworthy wrote
Just my opinion, but I find Subarus are quite boring as an everyday car. If you're accustomed to driving ANY Honda, you might notice what I'm talking about. Just make sure you try some twisty roads and a good bit of highway if you test drive one. OTOH, the Subaru will get you up that driveway without fail.
I drive a Subaru almost every day (unless my wife steals it) and it is far from boring. Granted, ours is the rather more sporty and lighter Impreza, with a 5-speed and the same 2.5 L engine as the base Outback. I pass Hondas all the time. The car will do 150 kph (94 mph) without complaining. Don't ask me how I know this. Spongeworthy is correct though, put four snow tires on the Outback and it will be unstoppable in snow. I will add that I was skeptical about Subaru's "vehicle dynamics control" but it has saved my lead-footed butt several times on both gravel and snow. Always remember that time on the road is time not skiing. A car that will get you the hill faster and safely is a key part of the quiver.

If you really don't want boring, get one of these (though Harv might need two roof boxes):

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01-05 WRX's are pretty quick, 06-08 are a bit quicker (up to a 2.5L engine from 2.0L), and the 2008+ are just stoopid fast.

I raced one in my Santa Fe about an hour ago. Probably a 2009 or 2010. Started at a 40mph roll (when he didn't know we were racing) and ended with him passing me at about 65. Solid "race". I think he got a good kick out of it. I know I did
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Sick Bird Rider wrote
I drive a Subaru almost every day (unless my wife steals it) and it is far from boring. Granted, ours is the rather more sporty and lighter Impreza, with a 5-speed and the same 2.5 L engine as the base Outback.
I figured Harv was thinking about something at least as big as a Legacy Outback or a  Tribeca. Here's the deal:

If you have a big boat, you need a big vehicle to tow it. If you have a hairy driveway at the end of your trip, you need something that will get up that driveway. That thing is a Subaru.
"They don't think it be like it is, but it do." Oscar Gamble
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Harvey44 wrote
I am on my sixth Honda. In a row.   Bought it new in 2006.

Today the alternator went and I'm out nearly 400 bills.

Ok the car is six years old and maybe that's reasonable life for an alternator.

But I've come to expect more.  Hondas just aren't the best cars made anymore.

Hyundai? Or something, here I come.

Actually who am I kidding. The sucker is paid off, and I don't have the cash for another car payment.  

But the next car will be somethin' else.
Looks like I'm eating these words:

http://www.nyskiblog.com/2012/03/ultimate-ski-car-2012-honda-crv.html
"If it's my mountain, I'm installing a fixed grip and telling the lifties to stuff the beginners into chairs as aggressively as they have to, to keep it going full speed." —Brownski
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I got really close to buying the CRV just before Christmas when my '03 Explorer, with 215000 miles, died on the way home from Lake Placid one Sunday evening.

At the last minute, I decided to go with the Pilot instead ... there are often times when I need to carry extra passengers, and I'm always hauling stuff ... in spite of the reduced gas mileage & the extra price, so far I'm pretty happy with the Pilot. This is my first Honda ... there are definitely a few things that I really DON'T like about it, but overall ... it's OK. Not sure that I'd buy another one, but I guess time will tell.
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Harvey44 wrote
   Hondas just aren't the best cars made anymore.

 
Seems that Consumer Reports agrees with you

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2012/02/subaru-most-reliable-brand-overall-in-consumer-reports-list/1

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Harvey44 wrote
the rust progresses very fast.  At around the six year mark we've have to sell the thing - while the visible body looks good - to get a decent amount in return.  We got 10k for the 1998 when it was eight years old. It had 80,000 miles, and LOOKED great, but had issues underneath.
I'm going to guess you don't garage your vehicles.  You will have the same rust issue on the new one in 5-6 years too.
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