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    Default What Kind of Car?

    I'm currently looking for a new car, sadly my little Corolla (my 16th birthday pressie that my dad and I stripped down and rebuilt) just isn't cutting it anymore! I'm going to be bawling my eyes out the day Carol the Corolla goes

    At the moment I'm looking at a Lancer ES Wagon, the new Lancer ES hatchback (sized more like a wagon) and a Subaru Outlander.

    Are there any recommendations people have for dog friendly vehicles that are a hatch/wagon/small 4wd (prefer 4 cylinders)?

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    hi angela, we've got one of the new model toyota rav 4's. It's a great car, very nice to drive, roomy inside, but small on the outside. My husband is a sales rep and the amount of stuff he can fit in there for work is amazing lol. I used to have a mazda 2 and that was fantastic - i'd have another one in a heartbeat (but i dont need one as i catch public transport) but it may be a bit smaller than what you're looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie & Bella's mum View Post
    hi angela, we've got one of the new model toyota rav 4's. It's a great car, very nice to drive, roomy inside, but small on the outside. My husband is a sales rep and the amount of stuff he can fit in there for work is amazing lol. I used to have a mazda 2 and that was fantastic - i'd have another one in a heartbeat (but i dont need one as i catch public transport) but it may be a bit smaller than what you're looking for.
    As far as size goes, I need something that will fit two medium sized dog crates (a bit bigger than the ones you get for ACD's etc) plus some equipment in the back. I also need to be able to fit two saddles and some other horsey equipment in there. I like the look of the Mazda 2's but definitely too small for what I need.

    With the Rav4, do you think it would fit everything?

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    I know crap all about cars..
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    Ford Territory. But I'm just biased because that's what we have

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    I'm currently looking for a new car, sadly my little Corolla (my 16th birthday pressie that my dad and I stripped down and rebuilt) just isn't cutting it anymore! I'm going to be bawling my eyes out the day Carol the Corolla goes

    At the moment I'm looking at a Lancer ES Wagon, the new Lancer ES hatchback (sized more like a wagon) and a Subaru Outlander.

    Are there any recommendations people have for dog friendly vehicles that are a hatch/wagon/small 4wd (prefer 4 cylinders)?
    I have a 2005 Commodore Wagon....heaps of space in the back...great for transporting dogs

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    We have a Nissan Pathfinder because I can configure the back seats to suit both skids, skids friends and dogs, it can tow the camper and the dog trailer, but it is a 6cyl

    Before that I had an Honda Odessey which was a 4cyl. A little under powered towing but it was a beautiful car to drive.

    Friend has the Territory and travels from Canberra to all the shows all over the east coast towing a dog trailer, I don't know of any complaints she's had with it.

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    We purchased a Mazda Sportz this time last year and I must say, this is the very best car I have ever owned. Usually, with a brand new car you experience some settling in probs. We haven't had anything at all. It is a great little car and for a fraction over $20k brand new, you couldn't honestly find better value.
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    I have a 2000 model FORD Courier turbo deisel 4WD twin cab ute. Cheap to run & tough as nails. It has a canopy as most seem to meaning plenty of room for crates & pooches. Very capable of road as well, mines been to the tip of Cape York & back without a drama.

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    I used to get a massive amount of stuff into the back of a magna stationwagon. Don't know if you can still get those. My brother loves the subaru Forrester but the latest thing he got was a Volkswagon Golf station wagon/hatch (better fuel economy and resale) - I think it would fit two crates if you lay the back seats forward flat. I think you could do that with a Honda Jazz too (based on Top Gear shows featuring that).

    Personally I'm kind of fond of the Landcruiser 100 series and etc - with vinyl seats - sweep out the dog fur and the beach sand and wipe down, and take the sheep skin seat covers from the front and put in washing machine I put old flanney sheets and towels across the back seat for the dog to sit on. But it would fit several crates in the back easy.

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