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The Internet Kitchen: A Car Hunt

by Nick

After living in Colorado for over a year, Betsy and I have finally decided that we need to upgrade a vehicle to a “Colorado” vehicle.  We have two cars, both without four wheel drive or enough storage space to really do anything.

So the plan is to trade the older one in for a gently used vehicle that will be a bit safer for us to drive in the winter and also allow us to easily camp, ski, and do all things Colorado.  Plus, we need a vehicle that makes it easier to haul around Porter.

I’ve spent the last week or two completely obsessing over various makes and models and have completely geeked out on some Excel spreadsheets that calculate the completely optimal financing situation accounting for price, interest rate, term of the loan, and age of the car.  And people say math is useless!

This weekend I’ll be hitting the streets to actually test drive some things.  I’m 90% sure that we are going to land on a Subaru.  They fit our needs nicely and seem to be the official car of Colorado.  I’m open to other options though.

For the poll this weekend, I wanted to circle back to one of my favorite cookbooks, The Zuni Cafe.  There are hundreds of recipes in it that span from super-simple to very complex.  I picked a few that looked good to me.  You pick!

A few links as always!

New Year’s Health Recalibration - A plan to push the reset button from one of my favorite health writers.  Will I be following this?  No.  But I’ll have it in mind!  You might have more willpower than me though… (@ Summer Tomato)

The Green SmoothieI’ve tried to make a bunch of green smoothies over the years.  Most make me seriously gag.  What I like about this one is the high level of fruit in it so you know it’ll probably have a good taste. (@ Brown Eyed Baker)

Candied Cucumber – Obviously pickles come from cucumbers, but I’ve never imagined you could candy the stuff.  I can think of one amazing application for these candied things: cocktails!  (@ Cupcake Project)

Chicken Fried Pork Pelly Caesar – It’s recipes like this that will break my above-mentioned weak willpower.  I mean… come on!  This is just amazing.  (@ Ruhlman)

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Have a great weekend everyone!

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11 comments on “The Internet Kitchen: A Car Hunt

  1. I’m definitely getting a Subaru again when I move back to NH – they’re just good, dependable cars for that weather. It’s the way to go.

  2. We’re trying to decide between another Honda CR-V (which we LOVE!) or a Subaru. My little CR-V with the AWD can go through anything my husband’s 4×4 pickup can believe it or not. And they’re reliable as heck. Mine’s got 200,000 miles and still goes like a champ! :-) The only complaint we had about the CR-V (our 2002 model anyway, it may have improved since then) is that the seats in them suck. Not comfortable for a drive of much distance. And I won’t laugh at your research–I was pregnant and broke when we bought our car, you wouldn’t believe how many weeks I spent researching, stalking dealerships, etc., until I found the car I wanted in our budget. It wasn’t easy, and not just because I was fighting the all day sickness. ;-)

  3. Just went through this myself and ended up with a new Outback last month after a year of decision-making. Yeah, they’re large enough to have their own zipcode now, but the legroom is INCREDIBLE with the new body style and the outward visibility trumps ANY of the SUV/CUVs on the market (Sportage, Rogue, Tucson…)

    Also: publicly proclaiming my vote for sage polenta gratin. I have a lot of polenta that needs a purpose in life.

      1. If you want, I’ve got a whole spreadsheet of hard quotes from every Subaru dealer down the front range and over to Silverthorn from my shopping process (I contacted EVERYBODY’s Internet Sales staff for out-the-door quotes).

        Send me an email if you’re interested – it may give you an idea who’s reasonable and who’s a joke.

        IMO, the only folks worth talking to price-wise were Heuberger (Co. Springs), Flatirons (Boulder) and Dellenbach (Ft. Collins). None of the Denver Metro dealers were competitive.

  4. You cannot go wrong witha subaru. They last forever. We had a 1993 legacy that we sold with 200,000 miles on it….and I saw it a year later and the girl said it was still working awesome. We have an outback now and love it. The honda CRV is nice. Not sure about the mileage but my brother uses his for winter activities…which you will need to get over Vail pass in dicey situations :)

  5. I also live in CO (Golden), and my wife and I have a Subaru Impreza and a Nissan Xterra. It really is tough to beat an Impreza or Outback if you are looking for AWD, storage, reasonable gas mileage, and reliability. My dad has a new Outback, my brother has an older Outback, and my cousin has an even older Legacy Wagon (pre-outback days). All have been good cars for them. I’m kind of a car nut, so I’m going to throw out some suggestions for reliable vehicles that can handle some light off-roading and have reasonable space:

    For a car/wagon:
    Subaru Impreza or Outback, Volvo XC70

    Car-based SUVs:
    Honda CRV, Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester

  6. WE LOVE OUR SUBARU FORESTER!!! We got ours Jan-11 and we are now a Subaru family. It rides very nicely and has a lot of great features.

    Be sure you check out the Forester. We went into the dealership to look at the Outback, but ended up buying a Forester.

  7. We live in CO and have a FJ Cruiser, my husband loves it! We can go everywhere with
    it (we live in CO and are avid rockhounds and go on alot of rough roads without any
    problems).

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