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Alright,

After moving in May, we are preparing for our first winter with a garage. It's not heated, but shares a wall and a door with the rest of the house, so chances are it will at least be a little warmer than outside.

My Fiance is excited about this potential, of being able to get into a warmer car in the winter.

So, we have three cars.

Fiance's car: 2007 Prius with about 85k miles on it. I've been trying to convince her to upgrade (maybe a nice CPO Volvo) but she really likes her tin can, so I am working on her.

My daily driver: 2017 S90 T6, 20k miles.

My Backup/Hauling car: 2000 Volvo V70 Base model with ~80k miles on it.


So I am trying to decide which cars get to be garaged in the winter, and which one gets the cold shoulder.

Obviously, while I'd love to leave the Toyota in the snow, the Fiance's car gets one of the slots, because she dislikes the cold more than I do.

So, the remaining slot goes to either the newish S90, or the oldish V70.

So what car would benefit better from staying out of the cold? A newer car that is nice and shiny and I'd like to keep that way, or an older car which may need more help staying in good shape?

Appreciate any thoughts about what you would do!
 

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I'm afraid I would leave the V70 outside most of the time. As much as I liked our '04 V70, I'm sorry to say that ;)
The daily drivers should be dry and "warm" in the mornings, IMO...one of the main reasons for having a garage in Boston.
BTW, it was 99F here early this week; so winter isn't really on our minds just yet.
Enjoy your garage!!!
 

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Put all the cars outside and fill the garage with Pinball machines.

At least, that is what I did.
 

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That's kind of a no brainer - the 20 year old V70 stays out. It's the least valuable one and will probably fair the best being left out.
 

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Prius has terrible ground clearance and would be one of the last cars I'd chose for the winter. Just my opinion.
 

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Prius has terrible ground clearance and would be one of the last cars I'd chose for the winter. Just my opinion.
Tell me about it.

I'm starting to wish there was an Amazon "Subscribe and Save" option for those under engine bay splash shields.
 

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I'm afraid I would leave the V70 outside most of the time. As much as I liked our '04 V70, I'm sorry to say that ;)
The daily drivers should be dry and "warm" in the mornings, IMO...one of the main reasons for having a garage in Boston.
BTW, it was 99F here early this week; so winter isn't really on our minds just yet.
Enjoy your garage!!!
And, of course, take the wagon for a nice trip on a weekly basis...just so it doesn't feel abandoned ;)
 

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your daily and fiancee's car stay inside. Ironically my wife has a Prius too, and I feel your pain. Even worse, they seem to last a long time if taken care of, so it's a catch-22. Would love to upgrade her to a GX470 or even a CT200h at very least, but she's pretty happy with it so what can I say?
 

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Prius inside... it's the soon to be wife's... that's the obvious reason, but the batteries will do better kept at a slightly warmer temp as well.

First thought would have the V70 outside for all the reasons others said... but will it be in the way? If it's in the way then you can leave the S90 outside. The S90 is probably the only car listed with remote start, so you can get that thing warmed up/defrosted without walking outside.
 

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your daily and fiancee's car stay inside. Ironically my wife has a Prius too, and I feel your pain. Even worse, they seem to last a long time if taken care of, so it's a catch-22. Would love to upgrade her to a GX470 or even a CT200h at very least, but she's pretty happy with it so what can I say?
That's quite a spread! :)
 

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Haha well my pick would be the GX, family hauler/great bad weather vehicle I wouldn't mind driving. I drove a CT200 here and there at the first dealer I worked at, and it's a Prius with a sport mode that makes it not horrible. But more than likely this Prius will last us more than I'd like, as long as I don't have to go into the hv battery again!

your daily and fiancee's car stay inside. Ironically my wife has a Prius too, and I feel your pain. Even worse, they seem to last a long time if taken care of, so it's a catch-22. Would love to upgrade her to a GX470 or even a CT200h at very least, but she's pretty happy with it so what can I say?
That's quite a spread! <img src="http://www.vwvortex.com/Anthony/Smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
 

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How long have you been engaged/ your fiancé living with you? I'd set a precedent and keep my cars inside until she earns the privilege of having the convenience (and thus your inconvenience) of having her car in the garage. You can always change your mind ;)
 

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Haha well my pick would be the GX, family hauler/great bad weather vehicle I wouldn't mind driving. I drove a CT200 here and there at the first dealer I worked at, and it's a Prius with a sport mode that makes it not horrible. But more than likely this Prius will last us more than I'd like, as long as I don't have to go into the hv battery again!
At the local BMW dealer, I met an attractive lady who just swapped her GX for a JC Works MINI Cooper Countryman. The kiddos were off to college and she wanted something for HER! She said she felt like she was sitting ON the road when driving the MINI. ;)
 
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