I'm looking at picking up a wagon in the near future, and I've narrowed my choices to a few models; however, there are a few things that the wagon has to satisfy.
-Gas Mileage, as best as possible
-Ease of maintenance, meaning I don't have to go to the dealer every service (I'm more than mechanically competent)
-Being able to store bikes in the back, preferably with the front tires on, 2 bike minimum, 3 bikes would be plush
-Rear seats fold down flat
-Price point, budged is hopefully less than 4k (2500 would be ideal)
-Miles, hopefully able to get one in the low 100k's
The wagon's I'm looking at are first the Volvo 240, hopefully a GL with a stick. Next would be a 740, but I've seldom seen the wagons with a stick shift. The 850 volvo sacrifices some cargo space, and is pretty computer reliant, though a sweet ride. I've looked at Subaru's, but right now I don't need full time awd, and their gas mileage isn't the best. Also Passat wagons are nice, but reliability is spotty, and vw parts aren't the cheapest.
Anyone offer some input through ownership, or perhaps those who have gone through my same problem?
Thanks for your help!
Pictures are always appreciated, more specifically of bikes loaded in the back of these wagons!