(SFR) Time for a new FFing vehicle

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

  1. Kevin J. Burnham

    Kevin J. Burnham Active Member

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    Get the wagon !! I know one day though you'll get a truck though but this will do ya for now !!
     
  2. Jim Wheeler

    Jim Wheeler Full time single dad and pram builder

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    I would look heavily at the Honda element. All wheel drive, enough power to get up and down, two people can comfortably sleep in the back (seats fold up on the inside), decent gas mileage (about 26) and is incredibly ugly. We have a neighbor who has one and with snow or nud on the ground this time of year (in the Okanogan Highlands) it seems to be one of the best vehicles in those conditions.......and did I mention ugly?

    Jim Wheeler
    Spring Creek Prams
     
  3. Calvin1

    Calvin1 Active Member

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    I have a 4X4 2001 Mazda Tribute in West Seattle that I'll sell you for $8,000. When I bought it I compared it to the Rav 4 and Nissan Xterra. It won out for me. 6 cylinder, lots of cargo space, been a great fishing rig.
     
  4. fredaevans

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    I wondered about that too .. until I read the current issue of Consumer Reports. Most of the 'foreign' cars are actually built here in US or Canadian Plants. Just don't ask where a lot of the "parts" came from.
     
  5. ceviche

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    I own a 2001 RAV4. I do enjoy it a lot, and it performed well on an October trip through British Columbia that made me grateful for the 4wd. Highest MPG was around 26. If you're shopping for something new, you should look closely at the Ford Escape Hybrid.

    As an alternative, you might also look for a TDI ride. That's Turbo Diesel Injection, for the uninitiated. Their fuel savings can be substantial, and the diesel will provide a lot of pulling torque. The only problem you will encounter is simply finding something that will do the job and that you can afford. What I mean by that is discovering whether or not such a beast exists that will serve your needs. As we all know, most auto manufacturers lag behind the reality and customer need curve.

    Do your research. The answer is out there.
     
  6. spanishfly

    spanishfly Steelberg

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    Get an Escalade. Holds plenty of rods and you can pile all your bro's in it :clown:
     

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  7. Kaari White

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    Obviously I'm in the miniority, but I've gotta say.....I have friends that would laugh and point if I bought a Subaru. And no, they're not crazy rednecks, they're mostly liberal leaning city dwellers, but thankfully, brutally honest. :p The taunting...the jokes... lesbaru... no thanks.

    The Honda Element also falls in to the laugh and point catagory.

    I'm looking at getting a new ride but I just can't justify the purchase since my 12 year old exploder just won't die and I'd rather not have a car payment. I'm looking at Toyota FJ Crusier, Honda Pilot, Nissan Xterra, and Nissan Pathfinder.

    ((Anyone reading this post please understand I'm NOT completely serious...))
     
  8. Here are a couple of my suggestions; Volvo cross country, Toyota land cruiser and ML 320. Most previously owned vehicles that cost over 40k new are taken pretty good care of. Chances are you can get one for a good deal and they will hold thier value much better.
    Good luck.
    I recently went from an 83' Land Cruiser to a 2000. Toyota's don't break and hold value.
     
  9. Dan Soltau

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    Wow, you hate on subarus and you get an fj cruiser? or a honda pilot? Come one now! The newest outbacks are faster than porshe boxers, have more torque than most suvs and small to midsize pickups. All subaru engines now are based of off porshe boxer design, except they incorporate different and smaller turbos, and obiously all wheel drive. Subarus are the shit, and if you dont know it, you havent had one.
     
  10. cuponoodle breakfast

    cuponoodle breakfast Bigfoot is blurry

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    I laugh and point at people driving FJ Cruisers, Pilots, Xterras, and Pathfinders.
     
  11. Snake

    Snake tryin' not to get too comfortable

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    My main criterion looking for a new rig (after my '89 Pathfinder got ripped off:mad: ) was something big enough to sleep in (besides carry gear). Got a '06 Toyota Taco, 6-speed manual, off-road package. Sweet rig, but only about 18-20 mpg. :(
     
  12. Sloan Craven

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    Actually, the basic 2007 outback doesn't have as much torque or horsepower as the basic 2007 explorer, pathfinder, jeep grand cheroke, durango, escalade. dakota,....
     
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  14. chadk

    chadk Be the guide...

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    I just like to laught and point at people. Why limit yourself to the type of car they drive? :confused:
     
  15. jessejames

    jessejames Flyslinger

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    Buying a fishing vehicle is like buying a flyrod you got to try it before you buy it. I have made a short list of vehicles that I would buy in the "cute-ute" catagory. They are big enough to seat four adults for short trips. They all would accomodate a fully inflated pontoon on a good rack on the top. I would buy a front wheel drive NOT a four wheel drive and a 4 cyl with a stick.
    Good MPG low maintanance less expensive.
    The criteria for me is comfort. If I am going to sit in one of these for a average trip to the fishing hole it has got to comfortable. I don't want to get to the fishing spot only to be crippled by the poor seating.
    Based on my "research" the seat of my pants! the Honda Element is out, the Suburu is awful. the Kia and Hyundai are tolerable.
    If I were to buy right now here are my top three in orer of preference.
    1. Ford Escape
    2. Saturn Vue
    3. Honda CRV
    All three of these are available new like I want for under 20K. All get 28MPG or so on the highway.
    They are not fast, they may not appeal to everyone but I think they all get a nod for practicality.
    Blessings
    jesse