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The station wagon thread

mendelman

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mendelmen - I hate to break it to you but none of those cars you pictured are 'station wagons'...
Really?!

Are they even old (pre-1980) matchbox cars? I'm all topsy-turvy...I need to lie down a spell.

Also:
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:p

Nice.

My parents had the following:
1979 Chevrolet Caprice wagon
1975 Buick Century wagon
1976 Ford Country Squire wagon
1985 Ford Country Squire wagon
1992 Chevrolet Caprice wagon
1997 Volvo V70 wagon
1999 Ford Escort wagon (that was mine and they bought off me in 2002 when my wife and I only needed one car)

I've had:
1992 Subaru Loyale wagon
1999 Ford Escort wagon
2000 Ford Taurus wagon
 

Maister

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The only station wagon we had when I was a kid was a metallic green 1975 Pinto wagon. Dad only drove it for about 18 months before ditching it for something else. In fact, it was the only/last time he ever bought a Ford.
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AG74683

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Rear facing, side facing or front facing 3rd rows? All these variants existed.

I've only known side facing (Fords as a kid) or rear facing (Chevy and my Taurus).
The ones I remember were the rear facing and side facing ones.

FWIW, the best looking station wagon on the road right now is the Buick Regal TourX. Too bad they killed it.

 

mendelman

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Yep. I saw that Buick for the 2019 model year and was instantly desirous. Must. Have.

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Fine. But you get Hink's wrath. I hope you're prepared.

:D
 

Planit

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We went through a few but all Mercurys of Fords. I remember one time sitting in the rear jump seats facing backwards out the rear window. In the car behind us there was an older kid making faces at me the entire time. I did not want to make a face back as the driver (his mom?) would have thought I was doing it to her.

On our travels, dad would put the seats down and put a 4" foam rubber pad in the back for us to sleep while he drove through the night. SAFETY FIRST!

Yes AG, that Tour X looks great. It was actually an European Opel that did well over there, not here.
 

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I bought a 1994 Audi 100 wagon cheap from somebody who was leaving for deployment back in '01. I loved that vehicle! It had All Wheel Drive, handled awesomely, had plenty of pep, and had every option available. It was great for driving back and forth from NC and VA to Detroit. I ended up trading it in to put towards the purchase of my first Wrangler shortly after I got recalled to active duty but I still sort of miss that car.

I got tired of driving the Jeep on longer road trips so I eventually picked up a Volvo 850 wagon from same era as my Audi as a second vehicle. The Volvo and had a bit more space, but it was nowhere near as comfortable or powerful or fun to drive as the Audi.

Later I learned that that particular era of Audi wagons were sort of prized among the cross-rally racing community because they had near perfect weight distribution and some sort of awesome power:weight ratio. It's probably a good thing I never knew that because if I had known that as a 22-year-old I'm sure I would have stupidly sunk a bunch of money into that hobby.
 

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I love wagons. I have a Subaru Outback now (from the last year before they reclassified it as a "truck" to dodge emissions rules.) Have also had an escort wagon that was a surprisingly good car- no fun to drive or anything but dead reliable.

Grew up with friends' parents having the Buick and Chevy Caprices with the "way way back" seats. Loved them. Friends in high school typically had Subie legacy wagons- wonderful jewel-tone paint jobs and tanks on out new England Roads. the Salt Monster got them all in the end.
 

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We had the giant blue Malibu wagon, a pinto like Maister's and a corolla. I believe it's not a station wagon unless you can have an adult lay down in back without lowering the back seat. That station wagon needs to have the cargo capacity of a truck. Which is why I think today's 4-door trucks are just station wagons.
 

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...but just saw a 19 VW Gold Sportwagon and thought I made a mistake.
I've been crushing on the VW modern wagons (Jetta, Passat, etc) for the last ~20 years. I would really like a Golf Sportwagon.

But my two Chrysler minivans (2008 & 2016) are pretty good for us right now.
 

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Lord have mercy, that color is incredible.
Mine was actually a lighter green but the interior was the forest green of the exterior of this picture.
1978 Ford LTD 400ci

Parents bought it new in 1978. Moved in 1984 and the wheel covers (same as picture) were stolen one night at the hotel prior to us moving into the house - welcome to Iowa!
 
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We had a 1995 Escort wagon for many years.... like almost 20. It got passed from us to our son and he finally replaced it with a new Fiesta. It needed a lot of work in the front end but otherwise ran like a champ.

I also had a 2005 Hyundai Elantra hatchback. Not quite a wagon, but close. My other son is sill driving it.

I've got a Fiat 500 which considered a hatchback but it's almost squared off so it's kind of wagon-like.

I like wagons/hatches in general; they make it easy to carry bulky stuff.
 

Planit

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I drive a MINI Clubman at this time, which is considered an Estate...or a station wagon over here. I love my longroof!
 

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The ex and I had a VW Passat wagon. Back when VW was having problems with sludge build-up in the motor. Traded it in for a new 2007 Honda CR-V. When they asked us if we would recommend the Passat to a friend for resale, our honest answer was “no”.
 

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My dad had a '65 Mustang Fastback that he bought new off the lot that he ended up trading in a few years later for a '68 LTD Ford Country Squire wagon because they had had a couple of kids and wanted some more room (this was all well before my time). Years later when I was a teenager I found some pictures of my dad, who I had never known to have a "cool" car, and his Mustang. I asked what had happened to it and he told me the story of trading it in. I asked if he missed it and his response was something along the lines of, "Yes, absolutely. I've never had another car I liked as much. That station wagon was the best!"


In the early '90s my dad had an '87 or '88 AMC Eagle wagon that was a company car from his employer that he bought from them when they were updating their fleet. I wasn't old enough to drive yet but I remember that car having insane ground clearance for a station wagon and 4 wheel drive and my parents would fight over who would get to drive that one on a daily basis and an older brother and sister fighting over it on the weekends. It ended up with some sort of gas leak in the carburateur though and caught on fire one morning when my dad was driving to work. He had only driven about a quarter mile or so and could smell something burning. He stopped and popped the hood to take a look and the influx of oxygen from the suddenly opened hood caused everything to flame up. My dad grabbed his briefcase and lunch out of the car, walked back to the house, and called the fire department. He walked back to the car to meet the responders and it was already just a smoldering frame and rims by the time he got back there about 15 minutes later.
 

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I've been crushing on the VW modern wagons (Jetta, Passat, etc) for the last ~20 years. I would really like a Golf Sportwagon.

But my two Chrysler minivans (2008 & 2016) are pretty good for us right now.
We have had an 88, 93, 96, 01 and now have an 11 Grand Caravan. Serves us well.
 

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We have had an 88, 93, 96, 01 and now have an 11 Grand Caravan. Serves us well.
I had two mini-vans in my life: 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan and 2006 Toyota Sienna. If you have small children, mini-vans are a must-have IMO.
 

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If you have small children, mini-vans are a must-have IMO.
When we had small children we had a Dodge 600, then the aforementioned Escort wagon. We moved from Detroit to Fort Worth in that wagon, including me, my wife, two sons, a cat and a golden retriever. It was snug but we made it. When the boys got bigger we moved up to a Taurus sedan (I wanted a wagon but we decided to forego the added expense). Frankly I never felt the need for a minivan.

We did rent one once for a trip where we knew we were bringing some furniture back, but other than that I never felt compelled to take the minivan route. I understand the desire people have for a spacious vehicle for road tripping, but it always seemed a waste to me to buy a vehicle sized on a trip we might take once a year or so, when a much smaller vehicle would do the job the rest of the time. I did a calculation a long time ago, and driving a small car results in enough gas savings to pay for an occasional rental of something bigger, more or less.
 

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When we had small children we had a Dodge 600, then the aforementioned Escort wagon. We moved from Detroit to Fort Worth in that wagon, including me, my wife, two sons, a cat and a golden retriever. It was snug but we made it. When the boys got bigger we moved up to a Taurus sedan (I wanted a wagon but we decided to forego the added expense). Frankly I never felt the need for a minivan.

We did rent one once for a trip where we knew we were bringing some furniture back, but other than that I never felt compelled to take the minivan route. I understand the desire people have for a spacious vehicle for road tripping, but it always seemed a waste to me to buy a vehicle sized on a trip we might take once a year or so, when a much smaller vehicle would do the job the rest of the time. I did a calculation a long time ago, and driving a small car results in enough gas savings to pay for an occasional rental of something bigger, more or less.
Road trips are nice in a MV but to me, the benefit of sliding doors and children/kids getting in and out and not damaging adjacent cars or garage walls was a selling point to me.
 

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We had a couple of station wagons in the '80s. . . I don't remember which makes/models but I do remember one time my brother and his friend were sitting in the rear-facing seats, and when we stopped at a red light, the woman behind us jumped out of her car, stormed up to the driver's side, and rapped angrily on my mom's window. Apparently my brother and his friend thought it was funny to repeatedly flip her off while she was driving behind us and she'd had enough. My mom was not happy with them!
 

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We had a couple of station wagons in the '80s. . . I don't remember which makes/models but I do remember one time my brother and his friend were sitting in the rear-facing seats, and when we stopped at a red light, the woman behind us jumped out of her car, stormed up to the driver's side, and rapped angrily on my mom's window. Apparently my brother and his friend thought it was funny to repeatedly flip her off while she was driving behind us and she'd had enough. My mom was not happy with them!
Yes, flipping people off while facing someone directly behind is one of the many features a good station wagon affords.:roflmao:
 

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oooooooooooh this thread was made for me!! Reading this brought a smile to my face! Initial reaction now, discussion contribution when I am not half asleep:

As a Millennial, Stations Wagons were less a fact of my childhood, more of a design obsession. I freaking love them and lament their loss in this crossover dominated computer-car world.

That being said, I did spend ages 4-10 in a 1995 Subaru Legacy LS Wagon that later became my first car. Everyone else had minivans, except for my cousins in Jersey who had a 1994 Taurus Wagon with the rear facing jumper seat, I looooved it.

Since 2008 I have owned 2 Subaru wagons and 3 Volvo 240 wagons.
 

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I've been crushing on the VW modern wagons (Jetta, Passat, etc) for the last ~20 years. I would really like a Golf Sportwagon.

But my two Chrysler minivans (2008 & 2016) are pretty good for us right now.
I bought a 2011 Jetta TDI Sportwagen in August of 2019. I LOVE it. 40 mpg with warranty until 2023.

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