(SFR) Time for a new FFing vehicle

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  1. troutpocket

    troutpocket Active Member

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    I'm finally financially stable enough (after many years of higher education) to consider replacing my trusty '91 Ranger 2WD pickup. I've been driving her since '99 and we've been all over the western US and Canada . ..but a recent marriage and modern safety features present new considerations!

    I'm looking for first-hand info on the newer model (2003+) Toyota RAV4's, Subaru Forester and Outback wagons, and Honda's goofy looking Element. I do a lot of 2-3 night road trips with my wife in National Forest areas (gravel and 2-track roads) but I'm not looking for hard-core 4WD performance.

    I'll be doing some test driving this weekend but I'd appreciate a review of these rigs as they perform as fishing cars.

    thanks in advance,

    Rod:beer2:
     
  2. chadk

    chadk Be the guide...

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    my car is a fishing machine. It can cast 150 feet with no falst casting. It outfishes Zen 10 to 1 for spawned out steelhead. Talk about a performing fishing car...:rofl:

    Serously thought - this is more subjective than "what's the best rod?".


    But some things to consider:

    Handling pot holes?
    Narrow trails = scratches from branches?
    methhead target?
    Gas mileage?
    Towing?
    Gear hauling (pontoons?)
    Snow\ice\moutain passes?
    Will you sleep in it?
    Leg room \ road trip comfort?
    How many fishing buddies will it fit?
    Wet waders \ muddy boots?
    Rod storage?
    Fly patch in the visor :cool:
     
  3. chadk

    chadk Be the guide...

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    As for the RAV 4 that you asked about specifically - I have some friends that live on capitol hill in seattle, I'll ask them what they think ;)
     
  4. Brent Comer

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    Chad, you are on fire! :) :) :)
     
  5. fredaevans

    fredaevans Active Member

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    Purchase the latest addition of Consumer Reports! All the above 'cars,' and a ton more are fully covered ... good, bad, or indifferent.
     
  6. troutpocket

    troutpocket Active Member

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    Hmmm, what are you getting at, Chad??:rofl:

    Fredaevans - done that, just looking for some first hand info to inform my decision.
     
  7. Dan Soltau

    Dan Soltau New Member

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    Get the subaru! The best fishing CAR out there in my opinion! Take a look at my baby... She will be pulling at gorgeous clacka in about a month!
     

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    fredaevans Active Member

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    If 4x4 is not a requirement, I'd also recommend the Subaru's. I've yet to hear/read an 'unkind comment' about the vech. line.
    Fred
     
  9. CovingtonFly

    CovingtonFly B.O.H.I.C.A. bend over here it comes again

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    My girlfriend has a later model subaru outback and that is a very versatile car. I think they are all wheel drive also.
     
  10. miyawaki

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    I have 400 miles on a brand new '07 Subaru that I just bought to replace my '87 Blazer that had 458,000+ miles. I love my new fish car. Get the manual 5-speed. It's hot.

    Leland.
     
  11. Derek Day

    Derek Day Rockyday

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    My wife and I just got a forester. Yes, they're AWD and they get great MPG and they hold their value well. I'd check them out for sure.

    Derek
     
  12. Josh Benjamin

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    I'm pretty sure every subaru on the road is 4x4. watch for head gasket issues on used 4 cyl's. don't know much speciffic. my sister in law has an '01 outback wagon 4 cyl. head gasket blew. my buddies at the subaru dealer told me thats quite common. they have a special warranty on that issue, maybe to 100k miles. not sure of the specifics though so double check me, also don't know if that applies to a second owner, but i would think it would.
    good car otherwise though.
     
  13. tythetier

    tythetier Fish Slayer

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    HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT ANY OF THE NISSAN RIGS? I DONT OWN ONE PERSONALY, BUT A FRIEND WHO IS LIKE MY BROTHER HAS THE NEW V6 TITAN (I THINK THAT IS THE ONE) AND NISSAN OFFERS THE 'NORTHWEST PACKAGE' WHERE YOUR PAINT IS GURANTEED AGAINST SCRATCHING OR CHIPPING. THE V6 WITH A SIX SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION HAS LOADS OF POWER AND TORQUE.

    JUST A THOUGH....

    ALSO, I OWN A OLDER SUBARU, AND THEY ARE THE $HIT FOR A FISHING RIG. ROOM IN THE BACK FOR GEAR, THE BEAUTY OF ALL WHEEL DRIVE..THINK OF THE POSIBILITIES...


    TY
     
  14. Sloan Craven

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    I've only heard bad things about subarus. Everyone I personally know that has one has had a lot of trouble with it. Ive seen a ton of those things broken down on the 205 bridge. Almost every day there was one broken there. And while they are all wheel drive, they are horrible for off roading.
    Get something with some testosterone.
     
  15. TyMarrs

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    Except for all the praise above! My girlfriend and I use her 2002 Legacy Outback for all camping, fishing, backroads stuff. We have the wagon - perfect for throwing the dog and gear in the back + 4 people. AWD + 5 speed is fun as hell on gravel FS roads. Others mentioned the head gasket issue - this is true. Subaru extended the warranty and I believe most newer models are covered till 100,000 miles, even for 2nd owners. Ours was checked out and it is fine. Gas mileage isn't anything to write home about but better than any truck. Good luck!
    Tyler