This blog is my absolutely favourite and I could scroll here for hours. I personally want a Datsun 510 wagon more than I want my next breath. I just was wondering, what's the technical difference in hatches and wagons? Is it dimensional?
Thanks and we would also love a Datsun 510 wagon. One of the classics.
As for the wagon / hatch thing, as we have explained in the past, what separates a hatch from a wagon is immaterial to most. Sure there is a technical line somewhere, but it’s a blurry one. Are the two car types related? For sure. Indeed, it can be impossible to separate them at times. Take the old MazdaProtege5, is it a wagon or a hatchback? (It’s a hatchback, but we can’t really tell you why.)
We have always used the yin/yang approach to defining wagons and shooting brakes. Wagons and shooting brakes typically need to be based on a sedan or sports car. The wagon/shooting brake is the “yang” to the sedan/sports car “yin”. Hatchbacks, on the other hand, live in their own sedan free world.
From a technical perspective, a true wagon will almost always have a large window behind the last pillar supporting a door. In a traditional sedan this would be the c-pillar; in a shooting brake or two-door wagon it would be the b-pillar. See wikipedia for more.
Are you also wagonation on Instagram or is that someone else?
We are not the same. Someone swiped our name on instagram, and power to the faux-nation, ‘cause they are preaching the wagon gospel. Tumblr has always been our platform (established 2010) and we are proud of it.
I'm looking to buy a used car; preferably a station wagon. What kind would you recommend that has good gas mileage, good reputation for buying used, and preferably under $10,000 (maybe even closer to $5,000?)
We would need a little more info to make a full recommendation, because there is too much to choose from. If you’re mechanically inclined, there are tons of interesting German wagons out there; if you want to be different you might be able to find a well sorted Saab; if live in the Northeast and are worried about snow a Subie might be a good choice; want a future classic go for a low millage Volvo 240; but knowing none of these things, we would recommend a Mazda6 wagon. They are good looking, fun to drive while economical, hold oodles of stuff, and all in all are reasonably reliable.