Looks like the end is near for my '94 Accord. Every repair is coming in at near $1k even though it's only used for about 6K miles per year.
My requirements are:
commuting: typical 1-3 days per week at 50miles rt. would like to at least match the 30mpg-hwy my Honda was getting.
around town transport: driver plus 4 passengers (all are out of the carseat age range!)
skiing/hiking transport: awd with a little bit of clearance would be a big plus
A quick look around says the Outback might fit the bill. Or something like an A4 wagon. My question is if I get a used A4 (say 50K mileage, 5+yrs old) should I expect that I will get the value out of the car that I would get if I got a newer or totally new Outback for a similar price?