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Best Minivan for Road Cyclist?

Old 04-18-16, 07:47 AM
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Best Minivan for Road Cyclist?

There appears to be some sweet deals for Dodge Caravan v6...like under 20g for brand new...some tasty bargains for leftover '15 Mazda-5.

Need a vehicle that I can shove a bike upright with minimum fuss on weekends...keep the chain grease off the carpet clean...immaculate for hauling clients on weekdays.

Don't have kids...vehicle might work as a motel on wheels for interstate trips...bike is safe/secure inside...maybe even a mini-kitchen so healthy eating while on the road. Not a kid anymore...need to get full 8 hours sleep on comfy matress and stretch out some...and hot coffee when I wake up. Those days of pulling over into rest area, reclining the seat, sleep, wake up, and drive some more in a sub-compat car...are gone.

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Old 04-18-16, 08:31 AM
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Honda Odyssey. Why? Because they have performance. I transported one and having preread the engine specs I just had to get on it. In a matter of moments I was 130mph and still accelerating when the curiosity was satisfied.
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Mazda 5 is discontinued and pretty small for a minivan, the smallest on the market IIRC. I own a Honda Odyssey and it's really great, but you pay for that, they are not cheap.

So Under $20K for a Dodge Caravan? Sounds like a good deal to me.
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Originally Posted by OldsCOOL View Post
Honda Odyssey. Why? Because they have performance. I transported one and having preread the engine specs I just had to get on it. In a matter of moments I was 130mph and still accelerating when the curiosity was satisfied.
Honda engines have a rubber belt running their cam shafts. That means it has a built in $600 to $900 maintenance bill ever so often. Poor choice IMO.
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Those New Mercedes Benz Vans Look Nice. http://media.caranddriver.com/images...s-original.jpg ,

Or the stand up inside Sprinter ? http://blogmedia.dealerfire.com/wp-c...2-1024x680.jpg
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Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post
Mazda 5 is discontinued and pretty small for a minivan, the smallest on the market IIRC. I own a Honda Odyssey and it's really great, but you pay for that, they are not cheap.
So Under $20K for a Dodge Caravan? Sounds like a good deal to me.
Yeah discontinued...but there are still leftover in dealership.

I got confused. I thought the Mazda5 is a minivan...but it's not really. It has sliding doors...but the low ceiling disqualify it as a minivan. My co-worker has a Mazda MPV (which is a real minivan...much taller)...they look very similar.
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Old 04-18-16, 11:30 AM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Honda engines have a rubber belt running their cam shafts. That means it has a built in $600 to $900 maintenance bill ever so often. Poor choice IMO.
Typically the timing belt needs to be replaced at the 100,000 mile mark or after 7 years. So yes, "ever so often".
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
Yeah discontinued...but there are still leftover in dealership.

I got confused. I thought the Mazda5 is a minivan...but it's not really. It has sliding doors...but the low ceiling disqualify it as a minivan. My co-worker has a Mazda MPV (which is a real minivan...much taller)...they look very similar.
It's a "compact MPV" rather than a regular MPV, which is not a common car type in the USA, hence why the discontinued it I guess.
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I have a '14 Mazda 5. My bikes fit, no problem, laying down. It's not tall enough inside for them to be upright. I haven't tried upright with the front tire removed, too much of a PITA for the short distances I travel with a bike inside.
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We love our 2013 Mazda 5, but our long bikes - a re***bent tandem and a long wheelbase re***bent - have to ride on the roof rack, one at a time. The 5 has threaded mounting points in the roof for securing rack towers. Our previous bike hauler was a Mazda MPV which was wonderful for hauling bikes including tandems inside the car. But, the 5 is better for everything else. (Except maybe hauling more than 4 people with a lot of stuff.) Easy to put a normalish-sized bike or two flat in the rear.
I would suggest the 5 is a wagon but the sliding rear doors make it feel van-like.
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