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Old 07-07-09, 12:44 PM   #1
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Cars for roof mount bike racks

Well, I am kicking around the idea of getting a new daily driver. I want something a bit smaller, decent gas mileage (in town and highway), good long term reliability, all wheel drive would be nice, and something that works well for a roof mount bike rack.

I would really like to get input on what you guys are driving. And would love to see pictures posted up of your ride with the racks on top. Any and all input appreciated!


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Not me, I have a hitch rack, but a lot of people in this area drive Isuzu Outbacks (AWD stationwagon type) with roof mounted bike racks.

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Not me, I have a hitch rack, but a lot of people in this area drive Isuzu Outbacks (AWD stationwagon type) with roof mounted bike racks.

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Yeah, the Outback isn't bad, but I think a little bigger than I want. If I wanted big I would just keep my Crown Vic which does have a hitch on it (but I don't have a hitch mount rack currently). I am thinking like WRX, Mazda 3, Audi A4, etc...
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subaru impreza (add WRX or STI if you need to).
or suzuki sx4 sport thing that is "mightier than the mini" as the ad says.

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I like to take the targa top off, but you get the idea.

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Old 07-07-09, 01:32 PM   #6
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I like to take the targa top off, but you get the idea.

LOL!! That's awesome.

Oh, and I think I meant the Audi A3 hatch, not the A4. I do like the idea of a hatchback, personally...
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Yeah, the Outback isn't bad, but I think a little bigger than I want. If I wanted big I would just keep my Crown Vic which does have a hitch on it (but I don't have a hitch mount rack currently). I am thinking like WRX, Mazda 3, Audi A4, etc...
An Outback is usually a Impreza wagon with some extra bits and pieces, so it's the same size as a WRX . However, there are Legacy Outback wagons which are bigger.
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How about a roof rack... without a roof?

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An Outback is usually a Impreza wagon with some extra bits and pieces, so it's the same size as a WRX . However, there are Legacy Outback wagons which are bigger.
Not sure if they still have the Imprezza wagon any more. I think the Imprezza and WRX only come in sedan or hatch now. I guess when I think of Outback I think the Legacy Outback. Either would be nice as you can do some light off-roading to get to mountain bike trails if need be...

Plus, with the WRX it would be kind of sporty and fun to drive. I do enjoy something fun to drive with good handling. And the AWD would be nice for Iowa winters.
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The first one looks scary!
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The first one looks scary!
Lanesplitting with the former system would be the equivalent of driving into the garage with bikes on a roofrack, I guess.
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Old 07-07-09, 02:46 PM   #15
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I have a Mazda Protege 5 (hatchback) with roof racks. It works great & I love it.
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I have a Mazda Protege 5 (hatchback) with roof racks. It works great & I love it.
If I had only known about the Proteges and their factory installed roof racks
It was quite the PITA...ordered the roof rack components from Scotland!...not sold in the U.S.
That said, this setup works nicely. I could squeeze a fourth bike up top if needed. It's a fun car that does ok in the snow with actual snow tires, stability control, and ABS.
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If I had only known about the Proteges and their factory installed roof racks
It was quite the PITA...ordered the roof rack components from Scotland!...not sold in the U.S.
That said, this setup works nicely. I could squeeze a fourth bike up top if needed. It's a fun car that does ok in the snow with actual snow tires, stability control, and ABS.
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Mine wasn't factory ordered. Run of the mill Yakima racks/Q-clips & then the trays for the bikes (fork mount).
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Subaru Impreza or the Toyota Matrix AWD. Pontiac also sells the AWD Matrix, they call it the Vibe, but get it before the Pontiac dealers close. These all take roof racks.
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Mini Cooper. Not the S, it will torque steer and handle like **** in snow with the turbo. My Mom has one and it's way quicker than you'd expect, handles like a champ and has my favorite trans ever. It's also pretty good in the winter.
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Not me, I have a hitch rack, but a lot of people in this area drive Subaru Outbacks (AWD stationwagon type) with roof mounted bike racks.

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I hate you people with your hatchbacks...
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I will never get a roof rack. Kills mileage and sets you up for failure.
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