It's time to replace the R: 04 6speed with 126K. Still runs great, but it's our only car, and I'm feeling like I should get something more reliable.<p>I love everything about the R, except, of course the turning radius and the fact that I have to re-install my teeth after a drive on harsh roads.<p>We do a fair bit of driving with a son playing soccer all over the northeast and mid-atlantic, and college visits have taken us from New England to North Carolina.<p>So I've been looking for an '06 or '07, and have watched the prices climb. But I still worry that I could be hit with a typical V70R catastrophe, even though I've already replaced a clutch, timing belt, and AWD angle gear & splines.<p>I'd like to spend in the low to mid $20's for something else, realizing that VR's are now fetching high $20's. I've looked at other wagons (BMW 3 series, Audi A4, etc) but they are smaller. I've even had a look at the Acura RDX, but it seems so sterile.<p>Does anyone have any experiences (good or bad) with these cars as an R alternative? Anything else I should consider? I'd like to stick with an AWD/4WD wagon or SUV to haul the kid back & forth to college, or hust have some utility.