We've lived in France, where you'll find tons of ingenious sedans or ultra-compact minivans that carry 6-7 people. Almost all come with manual transmissions and diesel-fueled models, giving a fuel efficiency that comes close to our Golf.
But here? There are really only two choices: minivan or SUV. No thanks.
So we need help finding a new vehicle. Here's what we're looking for, in order of importance:
- Seats 6+ people
- Good fuel economy
- Manual transmission (a.k.a. stick shift)
- Not too big
- Around 3-6 years old, $8-10K maximum budget
- Diesel fuel (we can always wish...)
Are there any other vehicles in the North American market that meet our needs? Please, please let me know if you find anything else! We only have 2 months left to look.
ps--anyone want to buy our VW Golf? It has 108K miles, heated seats, power windows, Monsoon sound system, roof rack, Greasecar conversion done in 2006 (secondary 13-gallon heated fuel tank for waste VO), and more. You can fit 3 car seats side-by-side: 2 front-facing & 1 rear-facing, or 2 front-facing and 1 booster.