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Old 02-18-04, 12:32 PM   #1
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What auto do you use to haul your bikes

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I am trying to decide what to buy for a daily driver. I like to keep my bikes secured inside when I am on trips or at work. I drive a Trooper right now that is large enough to keep 3 bikes inside with the seats folded down. I am looking for a smaller auto that can store atleast 2 bikes inside with front wheels off without taking the seats off the bike.

My Trooper is great for what I use it for but the gas mileage sucks on long trips. I might have to settle on a smaller SUV and use a rear hitch mount bike rack


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Take a look at the Honda Element. I use a Jetta with roof rack.
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It really depends on how many people and other gear you want to transport. I have a Ford Taurus. I can carry 2 bikes and 2 people. The back seat folds down. I put one bike in the truck with the front wheel off. The second bike goes in the back seat on the floor with the front and back wheels off. (Remember to put something on the floor to protect the carpet from grease.) I see a lot of cars used this way (even small cars such as a Ford Focus).
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I use a Saab 900 with a trunk rack, but hope to get a roof rack soon...
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Look into a Subaru Legacy or a Volvo wagon...
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Thanks for the response everybody. Does the bikes fit upright in a Volvo wagon?

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Corvette....my bike fits nicely in the back with the front wheel off.
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I doubt the bike will fit upright in a Volvo wagon, maybe with the seatpost removed.
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I have a Mazda MPV. Most of the time I use a Thule roof system which fits in front of the factory roof rails. I also have a Rhode Gear hitch mount rack. With both racks on, I can carry 6 bikes, and the van seats six pasengers comfortably. This leaves room behind the 3rd row for luggage, and also allows my to put a Thule soft sided carrier on the factory roof rails for more luggage. I can also fit 2 bikes in the back if the 3rd row seat is folded flat (it flips down into a well in the floor). I have 2 fork mounts on a board that I can just slide in the back.
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I have a Mazda MPV. Most of the time I use a Thule roof system which fits in front of the factory roof rails. I also have a Rhode Gear hitch mount rack. With both racks on, I can carry 6 bikes, and the van seats six pasengers comfortably. This leaves room behind the 3rd row for luggage, and also allows my to put a Thule soft sided carrier on the factory roof rails for more luggage. I can also fit 2 bikes in the back if the 3rd row seat is folded flat (it flips down into a well in the floor). I have 2 fork mounts on a board that I can just slide in the back.
My Subaru legacy wagon fits two bikes. One upright across the back seat and one on an angle in the rear cargo area.
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I have a subaru wagon (impreza) I can fit two in the back with the seats down (road bikes) but not very well... I have the factory yakima roof rack, but its the stupid upright style rather than fork down, and it doesn't hold road bikes very well... Works great for a mountain bike though..
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I have a Jeep ZJ (Grand Cherokee for the Jeep-impaired) and can fit 2 bikes on my hitch rack with two more if I buy the extension and probably 4 more on the roof if I got a bike-rack for the roof-rack. I can cram two or maybe even three more into the cargo/rear seat area if I fold down the rear seats.

My wife's car (Saturn SC2) can comfortably fit one bike laying on its side with the rear seats folded down but if I got creative, I could probably cram two bikes in there.

I understand that the Saturn VUE can fit two bikes upright with the front wheels off when you fold down the seats. I believe Saturn even makes a special bike holder "thingie" for the cargo area.
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Oh yeah...another idea.

Take a look at the old model of the Honda Odyssey/Isuzu Oasis. They should be a nice, efficient alternative. It is a wagon/minivan combo with a 4 cyclinder engine and conventinal doors. My dad had one for several years and it was great!

Look for model year 1995-1998 models. I think the Isuzu Oasis clone was available until 1999.
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Oh, and try to find a 7 passenger version if you can...the seats fold up more neatly in that version than any car I've ever seen!
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I have a jeep cherokee and i have a roof rack for it, but i can fit 3, smaller (< 57cm) bikes in there. I would look at a VUE or a Jeep Liberty if you want something tall enought to carry bikes upright.

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since you have the trooper, I recommend the smaller version.. We call it the Hilander here.. I don't know if its available there.



Smaller engine, 2.5L Direct Injection Turbo Diesel..

I have the 2001 model, a great bike carrier.

BTW, I just love isuzu's..
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Caravan fits 4 bikes in easily with front wheels on and 3rd seat removed, still leaving back seat and room for luggage.

I put one bike in the back of my old ('93) Ford Escort commuter hatchback with rear seat folded down and fron wheel off.
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What auto do you use to haul your bikes

The Honda Odysee Minivan is the ideal bike hauling machine. The rear seat easily folds away and the space it creates will fit two standing bikes, either road or MTB. In addition there are is a steel latching ring for the folded seat on each side that is perfect for bungee chords to secure the standing bike. I also use it for a cable lock if I'm going to be away from the vehicle for a long time. There is plenty of space left for helmets and gear not to mention a changing room.

When the kids outgrow the van, convert it to a bike transporter.
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Old 02-19-04, 07:53 AM   #19
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Thanks guys. I am thinking about looking at the VUE. 04 comes with a Honda drivetrain out of the MDX and Pilot. 250 horse with a 5 speed auto. Problem is I do not think I like the looks of them
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Here's a crazy idea: Take a look at a Honda Element. It just might work...
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I don't think I could make it without my trooper, I'm on my 4th, and have been driving one since 1984.

BUT I think I would have to check out the Honda Element, I really like the utility and economy of the vehicle and I even like the boxiness of the body style. I know from experience that Honda's are well made vehicles but GOD I hate those stupid gray plastic panels that make up the sides of the front and rear fenders. Why can't Honda color match those rediculus looking things?
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since you have the trooper, I recommend the smaller version.. We call it the Hilander here.. I don't know if its available there.



Smaller engine, 2.5L Direct Injection Turbo Diesel..

I have the 2001 model, a great bike carrier.

BTW, I just love isuzu's..
I share your love for Isuzu products. Unfortunately the Hilander isn't available in the US and even the Trooper is no longer available. Since GM owns a large percentage of Isuzu US buyers will be stuck with rebadged GM crap.
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If you are doing this out of concern for using excessive fossil fuels, that's admirable.

However, it's very unlikely that you will recoup the cost of the new vehicle from the gas savings you may realize.
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We have an Audi A4 wagon with a Yakima roof rack. One of these days I'm going to borrow all my friends' bikes, cover the car in decals, and drive around town leaning out the window yelling "!Venga, venga, venga!"

We are also considering an Odyssey as we have kidlets coming and I'd like something that I can fit my bike in, if possible.
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my Ford Escape fits one bike inside upright with room for at least one passenger in the back (split back seat deal). two bikes fit comfortably back there with the whole back seat down and probably 3 if wanted. I don't even have a rack right now for lack of need. V6 and probably better gas mileage than you're getting right now.
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