For long distance solo, I’ve always thought a Prius would be the way to go. Tremendous mpg. Passenger side folds flat. You can run the ac parked all night off a gallon of fuel.
If gear is a prob, get a rooftop carrier.
There are nomad minimalists who live in a Prius.
Should be an easy resell in California.
In the last couple of months, both of our cars went in for service. The two loaners we got would do highway stuff just fine. The Cayenne would be a better sleeper though, although I don’t think a reclined BMW seat would be so bad either. The 5-series L was quite the coddler, just the opposite of what I think a BMW should be. I’m glad our BMW is an M2.
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Maybe rent a vehicle? We travel from Pittsburgh to New England every autumn (except this year unfortunately) to visit family. After a mishap one year we decided to rent and have had worry free enjoyment from then on. We often find great bargains on unlimited mileage rentals through Costco. You can rent just about any type of vehicle if you plan ahead.
I like this idea, but two considerations: One, windowblown sand will rough up the windshield and paint of any nice vehicle like this. Maybe talk to Safelite and find out if they have an ample supply of replacement windshields. And two, you see lots of Buick dealers in the Eastern 1/2 of the USA but they can be scarce in the USA West. Buick dealers have to know about so many vehicles made by different people in different places, Not sure if they will always be of much help.
I've car camped, a ton. But circumstances are up in the air, right now. I can't give current "car camping" circumstances on NFS and Bureau of Land Management lands right now. And we've lost a lot of very nice places to hang out, in these fires. I feel like I will be starting from scratch, myself.
Another thought: I'm writing this from the Memphis area, and people have been in love with Buicks for a long time around here. Except this model; didn't catch on here. Almost have to call them rare. You can well imagine, I'm a hawk about spotting cars around me and I've seen them in Nashville. But not many, anyplace else. This might be a rarer vehicle than you think.
Found this beauty online — was a trade-in at a Jeep dealership in Seattle. $28k w/48,000 miles (had in checked-out by a Seattle MB dealership). It seems NOBODY wants to buy large sedans (any sedans?) nowadays. Had it nearly two years — only regular services required. Found on CarGurus.com. The trick is: low miles, dealer-maintained with service records/clean Carfax. And perhaps a bit of luck! Planning a drive from Kansas to Savannah next month — can’t wait! View attachment 762988 View attachment 762992 View attachment 762993 View attachment 762994 View attachment 762995 View attachment 762996 View attachment 762997
At 20 I bought a '69 Ford Econoline conversion (this was 1992) former deadhead follower vehicle, and drove a 10,000 mile loop around the country starting and ending in San Francisco. I might have spent $1200 on the van? Wouldn't recommend it for reliability....
These days I'd like for comfy seats, quiet ride, good economy and a decent trunk. Lots of good vehicles out there, no need to get something super specialized. Don't spend 5k extra on a minivan and sleep in the back, to avoid $1000 of hotel room charges! Bascially, just get a decent car that you like that's comfortable.
This. You can rent a super nice vehicle that you couldn't possibly have afforded at a fraction of your budget. No worries about buying anything. Make sure your insurance covers their car and get unlimited miles and go to it. Think about Mercedes or Audi. Also, long term rentals tend to be cheaper than day by day.
the prius is a surprisingly comfortable car, plenty of acceleration too and reliable... BUT, I think you want an american sedan in case you need service.As a former owner of two Volts and current owner of an ELR, I cannot understand why anyone would want to suffer with a Prius. Compared to the GM product,they just seem to be cheap, boring transportation, and nothing more. And trying to sell it in California when 5 million other people are trying to sell theirs seems like a bad idea. Oh, and in a Volt or my ELR I can probably run the AC all night on electricity without burning any gas. Or if necessary I can find a 240 volt charger or 120 volt outlet and plug in.