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Old 08-10-08, 08:38 PM
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Just curious what others haul their bikes and gear in. This is my first Subaru and will be buying at lease end. Love this car for its utility and not bad looking for a wagon.

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I have a 02' VW GTI 337 but my next car will without a doubt be a Honda Element best thing ever for climbing, cycling, and camping. Only other thing I'd rock would be a VW Jetta station wagon TDI or Golf TDI.
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Old 08-10-08, 08:50 PM
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I had a 2002 GTI 1.8t. Nice car. Did your coil packs blow, mine did. Plus the window regulators. You know what I am talking about. LOL
Always owned Hondas, never a problem.

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I have a 02' VW GTI 337 but my next car will without a doubt be a Honda Element best thing ever for climbing, cycling, and camping. Only other thing I'd rock would be a VW Jetta station wagon TDI or Golf TDI.
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I have the ultimate anti-cyclist vehicle. 2000 Ford Powerstroke diesel. With big tires and lift.
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All my coil packs failed, infact the first failed in the first year and 3 just failed a month ago. My windows also fell down inside the door, my radio keeps going out too, I can't stand the quality on VW in alot of ways. BUT if they released a MKV TDI I'd probably lease one, wouldn't buy another vw though.
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Hauled three racers, three bicycles, 9 wheels, all our luggage and a cooler to Iowa and back in relative comfort.
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I like that Subaru Outback. Came THIS close to getting the $30K zooted up turbo version of that car two years ago. Wound up with the Acura RDX instead. Very happy with it. Comfy, plenty of room, 19-20 mpg (not bad for a 4,000 lb AWD SUV), and it handles like a BMW jacked up 6". Amazing car really. 0-60 in about 7 seconds, paddle shifters (those are big fun, GREAT tranny), handles better than just about any car I've owned (and I've owned some great cars) and it's an SUV. Plenty of backseat room. With the Thule Pod on the rood we can carry a ton of stuff.



Unstoppable in the snow, I've had it out on unplowed roads with 12" of snow and 18" piles/drifts, like NO problem whatsoever without any special winter tires.
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Toyota Tacoma double cab Trd offroad.
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I have an '05 Subaru WRX Wagon. Minor changes to suspension and COBB AP. It's a good bike hauler/camper
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5 series seems to work well for the garmin(slipstream)/chipotle team.

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2001 Xterra XE V6 2wd. Love that I can ride with gear inside (skim, windsurf and bike) just sucks that with the bike I have to drop the seat everytime lol.
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My buddy Tony's saggin wagon...
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I can fold the rear seats forward in my Honda Civic, remove the front tire, and carry my bike and all my gear...no problem.
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2006 Saab 9-3 Aero, Black... Looks like I'm into cycling with the Thule rack ontop.
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'92 Camry with almost 200k miles on it. Rear rack on the back. If two people are racing one car in the back and one in the trunk. If more than two are racing, then a bike may or may not go in the trunk depending on trainers and such.

I get about 28 mpg. Not bad for a 16 year old car.

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toyota tundra trd sport...two fork mounts bolted to a pressure-treated 2x4, slotted into one of the bed slots; simple, inexpensive mount system...the Tarmac looks sweeet in the back of the dark gray truck.
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Mercedes SLK-320.

Only bad thing about it is it's theoretically possible to retract the roof/put the top down with the rack/bike on it, which would end badly for both the bike and car. I normally pull the fuse to the hydraulic pump that controls the roof assembly while the rack is installed. No problems so far.

Great car, BTW.
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I have a 95 BMW 5 series wagon with 200,000 miles on it. It has the factory roof racks but up until now I have just put the bike in the back. However, I would like to put a hitch on it and it isn't the easiest car to add a hitch. For my next car, I would like something that gets great gas mileage and can accept a 2" hitch receiver; plus have room in the back for a bike.

The Prius may be that car. It can accept a 2" hitch receiver and easily has room for a bike in the back. It also get 50 miles to the gallon. The next version of the Prius is suppose to have more room, more power, get better gas mileage and it will be cheaper.

Any other suggestions on wagons that will accept a 2" receiver and get good fuel economy? A 2" receiver is necessary if you want to haul more than 2 bikes on most racks.
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Honda Odyssey. Bikes fit upright, inside. I can park anywhere and leave the bikes. Gets 19/24 MPG. I can go to an event like the Death Ride, and sleep stretched out inside overnight. Pairs with the Saris inside rack. Bikes are safe and stable.





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Originally Posted by Lazyrider
Just curious what others haul their bikes and gear in. This is my first Subaru and will be buying at lease end. Love this car for its utility and not bad looking for a wagon.
Same exact setup

Subaru Outback with Rockymounts and a Yakima rack. (Perfect for stage races)

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Originally Posted by patentcad
Unstoppable in the snow, I've had it out on unplowed roads with 12" of snow and 18" piles/drifts, like NO problem whatsoever without any special winter tires.
I have an MDX and it works great in the snow. I take it to Tahoe for fresh powder a couple times a month during winter. Last year, I was driving up a hill and saw a lifted Jeep with thick, knobby tires sliding the other direction.

Now if only I can do what Ritterview can with his Odyssey...
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Originally Posted by obra3
Same exact setup

Subaru Outback with Rockymounts and a Yakima rack. (Perfect for stage races)

Man, I'd be worried about someone stealing my bikes off of the back of the car!
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I won't be caught dead driving one for a good five or ten years but I gotta say...the Odyssey is one versatile car. Decent gas mileage, seats 8, and has a cavernous trunk.
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