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Old 04-29-08, 08:19 AM   #1
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Bought a chick car

The wifie and I decided our 95 Pathfinder was gettin long in the tooth, heavy in the tank, and short on the mileage. we needed a safe and reliable car for our growing boys and it needed to be good on gas. So, we went out and bought one of these;



Our's is as black as my soul.

Gets real good mileage due to the CVT tranny and is fun to drive with the paddle shifters. Got the one with AWD for the snowy Canadian winters, the stability control, moonroof and crazy stereo. Hooray for car payments. Still, I like the way it looks, even if it looks a bit like a shoe(to me, anyways.) Probably pick it up sometime this week.
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I don't consider that a chick car, a chick car is a small truck. That's more of an anti car.

It get's good mileage? How many miles per liter or gallon?
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Old 04-29-08, 09:05 AM   #3
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I don't consider that a chick car, a chick car is a small truck. That's more of an anti car.

It get's good mileage? How many miles per liter or gallon?
The FWD version is supposed to get 30 MPG. We got the AWD; It gets something like the 1 or 2 M's per G less. We'll have to see what the real world mileage is like. My pre buying research I found says about 700kms out of a 60 litre tank. Thats with a 2.5 litre DOHC four banger mated to a CVT.

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9.5 L/100 km city and 7.7 L/100 km highway (9.1 and 7.2 for the front-wheel-drive models).

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Yeah don't expect a long thread of people ragging on your girly car purchase like ManBearPig. His hand-wringing insecurity about his car was like blood in water, bringing all the foo sharks to feed on his angst. You seem pretty proud of your purchase.


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Gets real good mileage due to the CVT tranny and is fun to drive with the paddle shifters.
You realize this makes no sense, right? Simulating gears on a CVT is a really goofy idea, I guess to help transition people to the idea of a buying a CVT (at the same confusing the issue).


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We'll have to see what the real world mileage is like. My pre buying research I found says about 700kms out of a 60 litre tank.
What are these strange units you speak of?
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Old 04-29-08, 11:39 AM   #5
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Yeah don't expect a long thread of people ragging on your girly car purchase like ManBearPig. His hand-wringing insecurity about his car was like blood in water, bringing all the foo sharks to feed on his angst. You seem pretty proud of your purchase.




You realize this makes no sense, right? Simulating gears on a CVT is a really goofy idea, I guess to help transition people to the idea of a buying a CVT (at the same confusing the issue).




What are these strange units you speak of?
The paddle shifters are fun. They really help wring the "GO" out of this car. I'm a stick shift kinda guy, but my wife hasn't driven stick in ten years or so. Also, my Mother in law (grr) doesn't drive stick and she has to shuttle my kids around from time to time. So, a stick shift was a no go. The paddle shifters are a compromise and if I couldn't get the package with them, it would have been a deal breaker.

These "strange units" are what the rest of the world uses to measure things. Don't worry, my other car gets twelve rods to the hogshead and I likes it just fine.

I also thought that simulating gears on a cvt was goofy-until I tried it. Reminded me alot of my motorcycle. I honestly didn't want the car when I found out it had a cvt. I didn't know anything about them. Apperntly, Nissan's cvts are the best out there. Also, fewer moving parts=good in my book. I'm not a fan of regular slushboxes.
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Old 04-29-08, 11:50 AM   #6
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Can someone convert this thread to furlongs per peck so I have some usable data?
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that's not bad.. is that a murano?
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Not bad...not bad...and at least you know you bought a chick car.
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Muranos are not chick cars. Guy at work bought one last year with an awesome copper colored leather interior.
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that's not bad.. is that a murano?
It's a baby Murano.
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Not bad...not bad...and at least you know you bought a chick car.
Well, its for my chick, soooo she got to choose. I figure if she got the car she wanted, I wont hear too much complaining in a couple years when I go buy a new motorcycle, right?
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Yeah don't expect a long thread of people ragging on your girly car purchase like ManBearPig. His hand-wringing insecurity about his car was like blood in water, bringing all the foo sharks to feed on his angst.
I actually rather enjoyed that. Can't rag on Gurgus. I'd have to admit that I like the look of his vehicle ... and I'm not into chick cars
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Rogue. It's a Rogue.
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I thought you bought a Beetle lol
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Wait, if it's got a CVT, what do the paddle shifters do?
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My sister drives that car!!!
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The big thing... how is it for daily driving? I don't care what the vehicle looks like, but I can't stand vehicles that I feel like I have to push or get out and flog on steep hills because of lack of horsepower.
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FYI, I love my chick car CR-V. Now that I've got the color I want, the dark tint all the way to the front, the 1-1/4 hitch and a new Yakima Double-Down rack on the back.....oh, and the 30mpg highway on my 600-mile roadtrip this weekend. Yes, I was conflicted at first w/my color choice, which was made all the worse by having a car payment again, but now the world is once again in balance. I even test-drove the decidedly-male Honda Element (with a face only a mother could love) on my way home today, and it was a blast to drive but I remain confident in my choice.

To the OP, congrats on your choice -- these new crossover vehicles are the right combo of car-like driveability and fuel-economy with SUV-like utility.
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Wait, if it's got a CVT, what do the paddle shifters do?
Yeah, I don't get this either, unless by holding down one paddle or the other, you manually increase or decrease the ratio. I guess that would be interesting, but it seems a system best left to its own devices.
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these new crossover vehicles are the right combo of car-like driveability and fuel-economy with SUV-like utility.
People sure claim to "hate" station wagons, but call them something else, and they lap 'em up. SUVs were originally just a station wagon on a truck platform, a minivan is just the interior of a station wagon crammed into a van form factor, and these so-called "crossovers" are just a weird melding of the two.

It seems like the Germans (plus Subaru) are about the only ones not afraid to make a station wagon, and say, "Yeah, it's a station wagon, what of it?"
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Yeah, I don't get this either, unless by holding down one paddle or the other, you manually increase or decrease the ratio. I guess that would be interesting, but it seems a system best left to its own devices.
The paddle shifters set the CVT to fixed ratios, defeating the whole point of having a CVT. I think it's meant to help people to transition to the idea of a CVT; a "best of both worlds" kind of design decision, even if it is kind of nonsensical.


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People sure claim to "hate" station wagons, but call them something else, and they lap 'em up. <snip>

It seems like the Germans (plus Subaru) are about the only ones not afraid to make a station wagon, and say, "Yeah, it's a station wagon, what of it?"
Yup, an SUV is a glorified station wagon on a truck platform, with a relatively rough ride, worse handling and worse fuel economy. A "crossover" is a station wagon with a different name and a little more headroom.

I hear that in Europe there is no stigma attached to station wagons, though the Germans use their own euphemisms, such as the Audi Avant and BMW Touring. When I bought a Subaru Outback, several people commented on my "conservative" (as in "not cool") car choice, even though it was a great car for going to Tahoe; it had tons of room and AWD, same as their SUVs. The main real difference was that it sat lower, making it easier to mount and remove bikes and snowboards. I now drive a Subaru WRX wagon, which is just as functional as a Forester, CR-V, RAV4, etc., but a lot faster.

OK, that X6 is the most nonsensical car I've ever seen. They seem to be positioning it as the next logical step beyond the X3 and X5, but functionally I think it most resembles a rally car: all-road performance but very little practical space. But who is gonna flog that thing off-road?

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X6 does look pretty cool.
wonder if it will accommodate (sp?) bikes standing up with front wheel removed and secured in those QR chocks.
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The paddle shifters set the CVT to fixed ratios, defeating the whole point of having a CVT.
Oh, extra-lame! Spend a boat-ton of extra money on the new, futuristic transmission, and it's broken.

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A "crossover" is a station wagon with a different name and a little more headroom.
Exactly. I think the manufacturers (or more specifically, their marketing department) are just terrified of the term "station wagon," as if the very act of speaking the words will give the car faux wood paneling and the handling of a boat.
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