Thursday, March 22, 2007

Shopping for a New Car while Knitting

David, Son and I each packed our knitting bags and headed out for a day of shopping. We love our little red Honda Koigu--but after ten years and 110,000 miles, it is beginning to look worn.

We spent the afternoon looking at our options:

We quickly realized that the BMW Cashmere and the Lexus Malabrigo were out of our price range. We needed something affordable--although we were thinking we would splurge a bit more than the Suzuki Acrylic.

The Nissan Merino is really cute but it was a bit too bulky for us. The Mini-Gansey, on the other hand, seemed too small for our family of three.

We considered two American-made cars: the Ford Cascade 220 and the Chevy Alpaca.

After a long day shopping, we're leaning towards Toyota's new hybrid, the Kidsilk. It comes in some lovely colors and, as Greenies, we really like its yardage....

Anybody have any advice about other cars?

22 comments:

said...

*giggle* I had to look twice at the post to ensure I was reading it correctly. We, as a family of 5, have a Chrysler Town&Cotton. :)

Mouse said...

I was having one of those "am I drunk on yarn again?" moments when I read your post.. very cute.
I'm pretty sure that I drive a Dodge Red Heart- its ugly, scratchy, and squeaky, but wears like iron. hee hee.

Miss T said...

The Scion XB. It's the best!

Sheepish Annie said...

I bought my truck during one of those "I forgot to take my ADD meds but I'm pretty sure that I won't make any impulsive decisions" moments.

My best advice is to look at lots of cars then make a decision based on practical things not whether the color of the vehicle is flattering to your complexion. Which is what normal people do anyway...

I don't know why they let me out of the house unattended, really. But I get to hang out with my dreamy mechanic a lot these days so I guess there was an upside to my impulse buying. ;)

Helen said...

I love this!
I too am looking for new transportation. My 112,000 mile yarn-wagon is in need of replaement.
For me, the Toyota SeaSilk is the most tempting, though the Angora is lovely too, I think it won't work as hard. But we need a bigger car than you do.
I so wish the Hyundai or Kia versions had better brakes and reliability reputations! They'd save me enough money to go to a knitting even every month!

Barbara said...

I got the 2006 Nissan Altima and it really is the merino/silk of automobiles.

The mileage is great - almost 30mpg in the city. It's big with a very roomy interior and best of all, it feels like cashmere on a nylon budget.

I do not like the 2007 version.

EGJ said...

I don't own a car myself, nor do I know how to drive (and whenever I vaguely hint at getting a driver's license people get a weird wild look in their eyes and make me promise not to do it), but I definitely think anyone getting a new car should get a hybrid. At least a hybrid.

Knitting Therapy said...

Love your descriptions. We too have been shopping. Really would love some of that cashmere on wheels but DH is too practical!

The new Fords have 5 star crash ratings from all directions. We have a relationship with the service department. They know us by name and I trust their service. That is important to me. However, I really would love a green car too. It seems the responsible thing to do. But so does buying american. Maybe a Hybrid Escape?

CygKnit said...

I drive a Hyndai KnitPicks Wool of the Andes wagon. Inexpensive but an attractive workhorse. Our Hyndai dealer only sells upgraded models--leather seats, sun roofs & some name brand stereo system. What sold me was the safety features, though, with the gas mileage a close second.

Good luck!

Martha said...

I love the descriptions!

Honda
Honda
Honda

Reliable (Cascade 220), Inexpensive Maintenance (Mission Falls 1824), Hold Value (Colinette Point 5), Safety (Lambs Pride)

beadlizard said...

I just read an evaluation of the ecological cost of the battery used in Toyota's hybrids and cringed. They aren't as green as they seem.

We're especially fond of Subaru wagons.

Kim said...

This was so funny!

Lara said...

Both my husbands sisters have the toyota Prius, and they love it! I'd get one if I could afford it.

Shanti said...

I just bought a Honda Civic, which I would describe as more like Cascade 220 than anything else. Very simple, small but big enough for passengers and drives much better than I thought it would. My used Civic (it's a 2006 with 14,000 miles) came loaded, but you can get a really nice model for under $20k, more if you want to buy the hybrid. (You find fewer of these used, and the price is significantly higher.)

One note on hybrids - I love them and really wanted to get one this time. But all the research I did said they didn't really make financial sense for me right now. The extra money you pay isn't made up in gas savings, so if money is an issue, you should consider that. It might be worthwhile for other reasons, like being able to use the HOV lanes no matter who is in the car, or just for environmental reasons, but you should check out the Consumer Reports online discussion of pros and cons. That's what convinced me to wait a few years.

FemiKnitMafia said...

I agree with Shanti. I just crunched the numbers between the Honda Civic Hybrid, Accord Hybrid, Toyota Prius and VW Passat Wagon (which we own now and love), and decided that the extra cost to buy the hybrid wasn't worth it. We're probably looking at another Passat wagon, which has pretty good gas mileage (23 and 31) which is not too far from the mileage of the Accord Hyrbid (28 and 35). Strange, huh? Anyway, be sure to tell us what you decide to to. And ... your analogies are wicked cute.

LizKnits said...

We have a toyota prius and love it! We regularly get 50 miles to the gallon and can drive forever before we have to fill the car up. The prius has an amazing amount of interior space as well. My parents visited this weekend and four adults drove all over southern california in our car comfortably. The hatchback also gives great storage space.

Jodi said...

Everyone who has the Toyota Kidsilk seems to love it, even my friends who have a baby and live near the mountains.

I'm hoping the Chevy Alpaca you were considering was in fact the Impala. The Malibu does not come highly recommended -- let's just that it develops numerous pills and weak spots over time.

Kim said...

I have a Toyota Kidsilk (Prius) and I love it. I get about 50 MPG and love the fact that the gas engine does not run when sitting at a stop light.

Amy O'Neill Houck said...

Hmm... I'm not convinced Hybrid is as green as it seems... I prefer BioDeisel which will go in any Volkswagon TDI...

LauraJ said...

I have a Subaru Mountain Colors (Impreza colorway) and I love it to death. About 27 mpg.

Melissa said...

I really love my Honda Cotton Classic (Accord). Good gas milage (31-33 mpg 4 cylinder) and cargo space and leg room. :)

Laura Sue said...

Wow! I'm over here from a late reading of the spring Yarnival. What a GREAT post! Woo hoo! I have just fallen in love with the Alpaca. Not green, but, I just love it! Good thing I'm not buying right now!

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