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Offline Nightpath

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Eagle Wagon VS SX4
« on: March 27, 2014, 11:20:42 PM »
I've always been curious, what would be the reasons to pick a wagon over an SX4 and vice versa. Anyone own each, or have owned them, and can give a little input?

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Re: Eagle Wagon VS SX4
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2014, 11:26:51 PM »
A wagon is much better for traveling, as you can sleep in the back if need be.  I doubt that can be done in an SX4, or a sedan.  I have had both for hard core off-roading, and prefer the SX4.  I guess it all depends on what you use it for......Rich
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Re: Eagle Wagon VS SX4
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2014, 12:17:03 AM »
It's pretty much like any other car purchase. What's it being used for and what body style do you prefer visually. I love wagons and hatchbacks and I have owned both the SW and the SX4. I haven't had any drive time really behind the SX4, but I picked it up because I wanted that sportier look. It's gotta have the spoiler in the back though! That's what makes it cool! And if I ever get a wagon again it will have woodgrain. Another must in my book!
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Re: Eagle Wagon VS SX4
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2014, 06:25:32 AM »
The bulk of my driving is local, but I do tend to go off the beaten track. I do know that longer wheelbase is a smoother feeling ride, while shorter is easier for control.

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Re: Eagle Wagon VS SX4
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2014, 08:27:53 AM »
I've never owned a wagon, but one thing I really like about my Kammback is that it feels so nimble.
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Re: Eagle Wagon VS SX4
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2014, 09:25:00 AM »
My first "real" AMC (had a few Renaults prior to) was an 83 SX/4 Sport 258 5-speed...followed by an 84 wagon, same drivetrain.  I can say with all certainty, if you're gonna go long-distance (500+), the wagon is WAY more suited to that type of driving.  Tha SX/4 has more of a "sporty" feel to it, and is a little more handy in city driving.  If you plan on having more than one passenger, DON'T go with an SX/4!!  The rear seat is best folded down for added cargo space....no reasonably sized human is gonna fit back there.  That was the reason the guy I bought mine from sold it.  His 9 year old daughter wasn't comfortable!!  Beyond that, it kinda just runs to your personal opinions on styling etc....
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Re: Eagle Wagon VS SX4
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2014, 11:27:12 AM »
I'd have thought that the space in the rear would be the same with the extra space having been removed from the trunk.

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Re: Eagle Wagon VS SX4
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2014, 11:36:20 AM »
The rear seat in an SX/4 is only habitable for a very small child (baby up to toddler size, though I would hate to try to get a car seat in & out of the car) or a small dog. There is just no leg room what-so-ever back there.

I have had both though I haven't got to drive my sx much. Other than interior space with the wagon clearly being the winner in that category I haven't notice much of a difference (yet). But I never got to take my wagon on a long trip, though I could see that it would've been the comfier of the 2.
So like others have said it all really depends on what your uses, needs, desires and possibly future plan to be.
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Re: Eagle Wagon VS SX4
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2014, 12:05:33 PM »
I just leave my seat backs folded down in the SX/4.  Cheap 2-seater that way.
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Re: Eagle Wagon VS SX4
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2014, 12:16:22 PM »
The rear seat in an SX/4 is only habitable for a very small child (baby up to toddler size, though I would hate to try to get a car seat in & out of the car) or a small dog. There is just no leg room what-so-ever back there.
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Re: Eagle Wagon VS SX4
« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2014, 12:32:27 PM »
The SX/4 and Kammbacks are subcompacts.  The Mustang is a Compact.
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Re: Eagle Wagon VS SX4
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2014, 01:35:15 AM »
         HI      I have had both and I prefer the wagon over the sx4 ......you can tell by the spelling sx4-----wagon  ....the wagon is longer and for this old man longer is belter .....I forgot to say BIG old man .....My first AMC was a 1967 ambassador wagon990 then 1974 hornet wagon then 1977 hornet hatchback ,75 grem ,82 sx4,82 wagon and so on and on .......You can see the pattern that 1967 ambo was so nice ....It started it all........don   
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Re: Eagle Wagon VS SX4
« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2014, 05:42:15 PM »
I've had many AMCs over the years (couldn't afford to own Jeeps till '97 or so) and I drove my Spirit several years before turning it into an SX4 (Needed ground clearance) and I had Eagle wagons before as well as Full Size Jeeps. I like the wagons but don't like the narrow doors. I like the room to put stuff in the wagon and passengers can get in/out without having to flip the seat forward.
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Re: Eagle Wagon VS SX4
« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2014, 10:54:23 AM »
I've never owned a wagon, but one thing I really like about my Kammback is that it feels so nimble.
the one time I test drove an sx4 it had amazing steering. 
on another note, why are wagons abbreviated SW? is that just for sport wagons?

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Re: Eagle Wagon VS SX4
« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2014, 11:36:25 AM »
SW = Station Wagon.  An archaic designation.  For some reasons the SX/4 steering seems more precise.  I don't know why.
 
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