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You have asked a question that doesn't have an easy answer. What I need/want in a vehicle has changed, and will continue to change. Here is a few cars and why they are a finalist.

VW Beetle The original! NOT necessarily that new thing that VW is calling a Beetle. They are dependable, they are easy to work on especially compared to new cars, most parts can still be found, they are economical at the pump. When you are having problems finding parts there is also a company in Woodland Park, CO, that can get you most any part you need.

Toyota Landcruiser. A people mover that can tow a travel trailer. I still have kids at home so we are still the kids taxi service. We take frequent family outing with the trailer. I can find reliability data on this vehicle, but am guessing it is good I would confirm before buying.

A diesel pickup, not sure on make/model, or something like the Freightliner Fifth Wheel puller. My retirement home is going to have wheels, and no home address in the trurest sense of the word.

~~paul
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