(SFR) Time for a new FFing vehicle

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by troutpocket, Mar 9, 2007.

  1. Tim Lockhart

    Tim Lockhart Active Member

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    171K on the ol' Ranger with no bitching, whining or fussing. Gas/oil and not much else. Even the rubber has been free so far...2 tire recalls so I'm on my 3rd set without buying any. Holding out till next gen drops in a couple years (finally):

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  2. Longs for Cutts

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    People suggesting a full-size pickup are sort of missing the point --he doesn't need low-range and it doesn't sound like any big, heavy boats are in the offing. Yes, they're cooler than small cars, but at more up front and half the gas mileage, it doesn't sound like it's worth it.

    And I actually think Subarus are cool, properly equipped. I've got a stereo in mine that will melt your brain, which is the primary element of "cool" in my book.
     
  3. Sean Beauchamp

    Sean Beauchamp Hot and Heavy at yer 6

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    i drive a green 1969 datsun 510 station wagon most of the time. what do you know about that? haha. subie all the way. great cars.....
     
  4. newcaster2

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    Subarus are made in Lafayette, Indiana. Can't get much more American than that. Plus, it's only American to have the freedom to choose the most versatile, seamlessly AWD cars and wagons on the road, rather than blindly sticking to the concept of the old "Big Three" (especially when the current real Big Three actually includes Toyota and Chrysler is now DiamlerChrysler).

    I've taken our Outback into some pretty crazy backroads and woods in search of the rare unpopulated fishing spot, and it's been great.
     
  5. Mike Etgen

    Mike Etgen Not Quite A Luddite, But Can See One From Here

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    Leland, that's totally amazing! If I do my math correctly, and assuming you were the original owner, you were logging about 24000 miles a year. Anyone who can keep a vehicle going that long, at that rate of usage, is bound to know some tricks worth sharing. Additionally, I'd guess that with all the experience represented by this board, there must be a gold mine of ideas about maintenance, preparation, storage, functional adaptations, accessories, etc., related to travelling and "off-roading" inr the pursuit of fish.

    I think you should convince Chris to launch a new forum for car and truck "survival" issues only, kind of like our own "WFF Car Talk" feature. You could be the host, if only you could find a brother with an Italian surname who speaks with a Boston accent and has an advanced degree from MIT.

    (Per CWU Girl - Lezbaru...that's a new word for me!)
     
  6. Josh Benjamin

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    JonB-he was asking for first hand info on a toyota or a subaru, thats probably why no one mentioned american. I drive a chevy truck, my wife drives a jeep. it is her 3rd jeep and i'm on about my 17th chevy truck. i'm all about buying american cars, but thats not what he wanted. i think my truck is the ultimate fishing rig. if not my truck, then the jeep is a close 2nd. i would make lots of american suggestions, but thats not what he was after.
     
  7. Sterling silver

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    The new Jeep Patriot looks like it might be a nice selection with good economy and good all wheel drive. I'd stay away from a Escape hybrid unless you were looking for something easy to park in Ballard. That kind of electronic stuff doesn't sound compatible with crummy roads. Its tuff to beat a pickup with rugged tires.
     
  8. fredaevans

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    Had to chuckle when I read the above. Down here in So. Or. we had a couple of duzzie snow storms in February. For the fun and games of it, that's when I'd go for a drive in my Jeep Liberty. Of the few other vech. on the road ... the majority of them WERE subi's.:hmmm:
     
  9. Josh Benjamin

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    The patriot is more of a real 4x4 system in the sense that it has 4x4 lock with a shift lever. the compass is an "all wheel drive"(no 4x4 shifter at all)both are about the same size and the patriots have just started landing on the lots. we got our first one last week. they are inexpensive and so far the compass has been a pretty good little rig for us. they are small though, i will say that for sure.
     
  10. Josh Benjamin

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    those 4x4 drivers need driving lessons if they were stuck and your subaru was the only one getting around in 5" of snow. nothing against subarus, i think they're great, but the 4x4 drivers who can't drive in 5" of snow without studs need help badly.
     
  11. Salmo_g

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    Troutpocket,

    I've put 93,000 totally trouble-free miles on my Subaru Legacy Outback (made in Indiana) since 2000. I bought this car as an alternative to a testosterone laden 4X4 F-250 or 350 that gets driven to the office 5X as often as it gets driven for fishing, hiking, backpacking, X-country skiing, bicycling events, etc. So I wanted a vehicle that's greener and half as dependent on middle east oil.

    CWU girl thinks you can't pick up any chicks with a Subaru other than lezbo tennis champions, but that's not true. Lance Armstrong also pitched Subes. And I picked up a nice young thing who drives a Toyota pickup that doesn't tow my 16' Lund any better than my Sube, but that's changing the subject.

    I've got bike racks on top (and ski racks too), but also have a hitch mounted bike rack for when I want to carry more bikes, or put my canoe on the car, with bikes on back. I can stuff full on camping and fishing gear in the back for a week's outing. Or 2 Watermasters and fishing gear for two, and my shuttle bike on top. And I've got overhead rod storage inside. Or . . . it's been a very versatile car. And during the snow and black ice, I had better traction even than the 4X4 pickups. So far it's been everything I wanted, and I'll probably buy another.

    Let's see, I did buy a new set of tires at 75,000 miles. Wow, what a disappointment.

    They're not for everybody, especially CWU girl and Sloan, but it might be right for you.

    Sincerely,

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  12. Jon Borcherding

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    Newcaster, Josh, I was actually pointing out the fact that we were 15 posts into the thread without the "buy American" rant. I wasn't advocating that standpoint myself. It is a bit ironic....elsewhere on the board another thread is raging and people are debating the vitues of buying flies from your local shop because that flies are made here instead of "offshore". In another thread people are arguing that one should purchase a certain brand of rod because that rod is made in the USA instead of being made "offshore". I didn't even realize that Subarus were being assembled her in the USA so that adds yet another layer of ironi.:cool:
    I don't have anything against Subarus. They've allways just looked kinda gay to me. Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course.:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
    JonB
     
  13. troutpocket

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    Thanks all for the info so far. Spent all day test driving and the best rigs so far are:

    The Subaru Outback Turbo Wagon (glued to the road, 40-80mph in nothin' flat, amazingly quiet and really well setup for a fly fisher) and the NEW model Rav4. That little toyota has more cargo space than the Subi Forester and rides much nicer. Push button 4x4, 25mpg with the option 6cyl . . .a strong contender.

    The ones we didn't like include the Honda Element, which felt like a pair of pants that didn't fit right, and the Forester which was ok, just didn't have a very smooth ride and was loud at freeway speeds.

    Time for more research . . .

    Rod:beer2:
     
  14. Dan Soltau

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    Do it! Get the turbow wagon, you will never look back...:cool:

     
  15. wadin' boot

    wadin' boot Donny, you're out of your element...

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    How about a 1952 MG TD? Tom and Ray love it:

    "Let's be perfectly clear about this: There's nothing on this car that's plus or cushy, or could ever be construed as being comfortable. The seats are just a little bit better than sitting on a pile of rocks.

    The noise level on the inside of the MG is excellent. There's plenty of it! For this reason, we recommend this car only for the profoundly hearing impaired or those with hearing aids that can be turned off.

    Visibility is excellent. There are no blind spots because there's nothing like a window or a roof to obstruct the view. Or protect you if, say, an errant heat-seeking missile was aimed at the car.

    There is no heater in the MG. This car was made before heat was even invented, and only a few years after fire was discovered by Piltdown Man.

    Air conditioning is au naturel.

    When it comes to comfort, on a scale of 1 to 10, the MG is about a 3; which puts it on a par with driving a tree. "

    http://www.cartalk.com/content/testdrives/Reviews/mgtd.html