Large-dog owners of America are let down by the current automobile industry. - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 35 Old 12-09-2019, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
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Angry Large-dog owners of America are let down by the current automobile industry.

Thrift, roominess and total sensibility are much desired.

Nothing on the market is worth a darn anymore. The new Subaru Outback starts at $27k.

Many of us don't need four-wheel drive. Many of us don't need some expensive gas gobbling boat to haul Rover to the pooch park. SUV's ride rough and don't have car-like stability and comfort. Compact crossovers have room for a toy poodle, maybe.

Volvos cost too much. Jeeps are ugly.

We desperately need to get this new Toyota Corolla wagon on the market for us American big pooch owners!

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post #2 of 35 Old 12-09-2019, 08:04 AM
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I have been driving used Volvo wagons for about 15 years now (I'm only on my second one because they last so long!). You can pick on up much cheaper than new (my last two cost me 15K apiece compared to the 55-75K I would have paid for them new). I can put in two teenagers, two dogs, and some luggage on the roof rack, lol. I have fit an entire armoire in the back by folding the seats down. Have carried many saddles, lots of bedding and horse feed in them.

Just buy used. It only needs to be a few years old to lose a lot of its value.
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post #3 of 35 Old 12-09-2019, 08:25 AM
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Another previously owned buyer. Cuts the price and while not the answer to those that have to have new every year or two it certainly makes what I want affordable.



I will say my favorite vehicle besides the funky little French race car my xFIL gave me was a subaru wagon.
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My Saturn (which they donít make anymore and Iím not selling it) barely accommodates my Catahoula in the front seat and the Rottweiler in the back seat.

If we take them to McDonalds we have to take the F-350 which has a full back seat.

Another burr under my saddle is that buying anything with a clutch is no longer possible. I have driven standard shift my entire life. My Saturn is standard shift, so are both of our big work trucks.

Even the new F-450 Fords canít be ordered with a clutch anymore. We have become lazy and dumb.

There was news clip on TV about two teenagers who tried to hijack a car and couldnít drive it because it had a clutch ó the poor darlings had to run off on foot, lollol

No back seats for the dogs, no more clutches for folks who prefer them. Yet we have back up cameras that allow us to run into things because we didnít hear the beeper because we were too busy on our cell phone óó THAT is precisely how my little Saturn Sport Coupe with 64,000 miles got bumped by a big honkiní Ford Expedition in a parking lotóó

I have a lot of complaints about new vehicles ó and their new drivers, lollol

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post #5 of 35 Old 12-09-2019, 09:20 AM
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I sympathise with large dog owners.

Our medium dog loves to ride in the rear compartment of our hatchback. That's her "trailer space" now, and she loves it. The shopping always goes on the back seat.



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My mastiff fits fine in my Volvo xc60(he's not a big mastiff... a little over 100lbs, he was the runt).... I've taken him along with my friends 2 retrievers along with her to the lake... love my vehicle and I hope it last forever!
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My mastiff fits fine in my Volvo xc60(he's not a big mastiff... a little over 100lbs, he was the runt).... I've taken him along with my friends 2 retrievers along with her to the lake... love my vehicle and I hope it last forever!
I have an XC70! My last one had over 355, 000 kms on it when we sold it (yes, someone actually paid money for it!). My new one has 263K and is going strong. I figure I can drive it for at least another 3-5 years without any major issues. I do bring it in faithfully for servicing though.
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My Saturn (which they donít make anymore and Iím not selling it) barely accommodates my Catahoula in the front seat and the Rottweiler in the back seat.

If we take them to McDonalds we have to take the F-350 which has a full back seat.

Another burr under my saddle is that buying anything with a clutch is no longer possible. I have driven standard shift my entire life. My Saturn is standard shift, so are both of our big work trucks.

Even the new F-450 Fords canít be ordered with a clutch anymore. We have become lazy and dumb.

There was news clip on TV about two teenagers who tried to hijack a car and couldnít drive it because it had a clutch ó the poor darlings had to run off on foot, lollol

No back seats for the dogs, no more clutches for folks who prefer them. Yet we have back up cameras that allow us to run into things because we didnít hear the beeper because we were too busy on our cell phone óó THAT is precisely how my little Saturn Sport Coupe with 64,000 miles got bumped by a big honkiní Ford Expedition in a parking lotóó

I have a lot of complaints about new vehicles ó and their new drivers, lollol
Amen!
I dread the day when we will have to upgrade our main pickup as getting a manual transmission will be near impossible.

Instead of teaching people to drive car manufacturers attempt to make vehicles dummy proof which doesn't make up for lack of knowing how to drive.

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post #9 of 35 Old 12-09-2019, 11:03 AM
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I have a Suburban. Partly for room to haul the dogs-- I show, so room for dogs plus crates is necessary. Plus I live where 4wd is needed half the winter for snow and/or mud or both. And it will pull my trailer.

I love it. It drives well, rides nice and smooth.... I despise cars and hope I never have to drive one again! To each his own.
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post #10 of 35 Old 12-09-2019, 11:12 AM
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My crossover had a huge amount of trunk space where the dogs sat. Currently husband and I are both driving sedans and it's definitely an issue. If we have the kids with us, we can't bring our dogs anywhere.

I also recently read an article that dogs are by law required to be buckled in, which I had never heard before.

Have always wanted a volvo wagon or a Jeep. Personally I love the look of Jeep Wranglers and Grand Cherokees from the 90's :)
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