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Old 10-26-11, 08:07 AM   #1
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'85 Cutlass Ciera: only 4-cyl sedan to fit complete bike in trunk?

Can any other 4-cyl sedans out there fit a road bike with both wheels installed into their trunk?

Of all the fairly recent makes of sedan I've known/seen, a 1985 Cutlass Ciera has been the only car that could do this.

Not a Town Car, not a Park Avenue. ...It always makes me sad to remove a front wheel.

The key, I think, is that the Ciera trunk opening extended to the outboard tops of the fenders. The width of the trunk lid is the width of the vehicle. I suppose most (all?) other trunks are inset -- narrower than the vehicle.

I also recall that this car got 29mpg highway and was a pocket rocket in town.

...Not sure many other cars that you can store wheel-installed bikes inside in any location can get 29mpg highway.

...Especially one that might nowadays go for >$1K if you could find a clean southern-states one.

(Some new shorty minivans with collapse-o-seats might come close. ...At the expense of losing seating capacity. And at far greater cost.)
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Old 10-26-11, 08:59 AM   #2
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1985 is fairly recent? I can't remember back that far as to what the specific makes and models were like. Did sedans have rear seat backs that folded down back then so that the trunk was extended? I've rented recent (2010-11) compact sedans in which I was able to fold the rear seat backs down and fit a completely assembled bike in the trunk that way. It think the last one was a Hyundai Elantra.



Ford Taurus's had big trunks. Don't know if they were big enough to fit an assembled bike though.
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Old 10-26-11, 09:56 AM   #3
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So what is the big deal about removing the front wheel? Takes 30 or 40 seconds.
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So what is the big deal about removing the front wheel? Takes 3 or 4 seconds.
Fixed .... (I just assume everyone grinds off the tabs on the front fork)
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Fixed .... (I just assume everyone grinds off the tabs on the front fork)


I was giving the worst case scenario time. Opening caliper, stopping to hand keys to Gina to unlock bike lock on her bike, opening quick release lever, having to answer and show "which key is it?", then stopping to adjust a twisted chamois before pulling the front wheel off.
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I've never had it that convenient before. I can only imagine how many Bart trains I could have caught had I had a car with that capacity. Those few little seconds would have made all the difference...

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