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Old 05-23-05, 05:55 PM
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What kind of Vechicle do you carry your bike with?

Hello,
I currently own 2, I have a BMW 328i which is useless for carring my bike and a Nissan Xterra. I like the Xterra but it's really the wifes ride. I'm considering getting a new truck for myself and getting rid of the BMW. What do you guys think about the new Pathfinder??? Any suggestions?

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I think Nissan is great. They do offer an excellent line. I would say go with a Nissan or a Mazda. You should check out the Mazda B-series Trucks. I like the new Mazdas.

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2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 with the 4.0L I-6, and a hitch carrier.
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i am one of the few that drive a subaru baja.
throw the bike in the back and take off.
or throw 4 bikes in the back and take off with three friends.
plus it's fast and handles better than any truck.
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with one of these:
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Originally Posted by juniorcaveman
i am one of the few that drive a subaru baja.
throw the bike in the back and take off.
or throw 4 bikes in the back and take off with three friends.
plus it's fast and handles better than any truck.
Don't forget that it also gets better gas mileage than any truck, although can't tow much, but probably no loss for you if you bought it just to haul stuff in the bed.
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that's sweet...you don't see too many jags with thule on top.
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Nice Jeep khuon. I Like to see Jeeps with a little dirt on them.
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I drive a Ford Explorer but am buying either a Nissan Pathfinder or Toyota 4Runner soon. My advice to anyone is NEVER EVER buy a Ford. As much as I hate to say it, I will never buy an American car again.

My wife and I have owned 2 Hondas, a Civic and an Odyssey. Neither had been in the shop, EVER even after well over 120,000 miles on the Civic and 75,000 on the van.

My Explorer has been recalled 7, yes, SEVEN times and has been in the shop for major (>$1000) repairs THREE times on top of that. The problems started at around 35,000 miles.

It's Japanese for me. After managing a union-based manufacturing plant for 3 years, I can see why American cars suck.
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My Jeep is the only American vehicle I will ever buy. Not has a single problem with it, unlike my friends with Fords, Chevys and other Chrysler vehicles, problem after problem.

My brother in law has a Ford Focus, what a freaking joke that thing is, it vibrates like mad at 40mph, handles like crap, and has had tons of problems.

My next vehicle is going to be a VW Jetta or Honda Civic.
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Originally Posted by Tweek
Don't forget that it also gets better gas mileage than any truck, although can't tow much, but probably no loss for you if you bought it just to haul stuff in the bed.

you're right, gas mileage is not too bad at all. i average about 25 mpg on my daily 30 mile highway commute. and i drive too fast, so it could probably be better than that.

and you're right again, towing is not an issue, everything i do fits in the bed, especially with the pass-through open. i believe max towing capacity is 2000lbs.
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'93 Jeep Cherokee w/ 164k on it. Engine runs like new, oil is still clean at 3,500k mi. I hate American vehicles but am fairly impressed with this thing, especially the engine.
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Originally Posted by Tweek
My next vehicle is going to be a VW Jetta or Honda Civic.
If you get a Jetta, be prepared for Focus-like maintenance, recalls and service issues.
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For a long time... and possibly still true today, one of the few "American" vehicles that sold anywhere near decently in Germany were Jeeps. Of course the Jeeps the Europeans get actually are produced locally in Austria (Gratz).
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I haul my bike around in an Infiniti i35 or a Hyundai Elantra wagon. It basically depends on what car my wife wants for the day. She normally wants the wagon so I have to rough it with the sedan.
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I have a 2004 BMW E46 Touring with two OEM bike racks. Surprisingly enough, the OEM racks were cheaper than Thule.

This station wagon is a car that I decided to treat my family and I to. My last car (other than my wife's 1998 New Beetle) was a 1987 Honda Accord that really was seeing its last days and had to be replaced. It's not a big car by any means but the station wagon part offers us enough cargo room and I love cars that can handle.
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Originally Posted by seely
'93 Jeep Cherokee w/ 164k on it. Engine runs like new, oil is still clean at 3,500k mi. I hate American vehicles but am fairly impressed with this thing, especially the engine.
That's good to read, seely.

I have a '94 Jeep Cherokee w/147k on my clock. When I bought the car about six years ago it had to go into the shop for a new rear end seal right away which concerned me, but it's been fine since then. No other issues.

The neat thing about the Jeep is you can fold down the rear seat and haul two bikes in the back. Lock the doors and go into a restaurant to eat or whatever and not worry about the bikes.
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My legs.

I don't shuttle my bike to any trails. I ride up and down. For shuttling I leave that to the bike lifts
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Either some German AWD thing or some Japanese (but made in America) AWD thing.
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I liked the vids of your 993 at Laguna Seca, must have been fun to push the envelope a little.
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you should test drive the 2006 Honda Ridgeline, very nice truck, the looks arent great but its drive is awesome!
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I use my '92 Jeep Cherokee with lot's of mods, and hitch rack.

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