High gas prices, what is the 'new' best fly fishing/recreating vehicle?

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  1. PT

    PT Physhicist

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    My '97 Outback gets 28 mpg combined highway/city and I pretty much drive it as if I stole it. 4 cylinder 5 speed. Pulls my DB or raft without any problems at all and has handled all the launches on every river around the area. Unless I look in my rear view I don't even know there's a boat back there.
     
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    I love my Outback. IMHO it is the perfect vehicle for fishing nowdays because I get good mileage (26-32), I have all-wheel drive, and it has better ground clearance than many SUV's.
     
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  4. Tom Johnston

    Tom Johnston Been around a while

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    You could probly tow a small drift boat. Seen weirder vehicles towing stuff down the road.
     
  5. Denny

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    I think those are pretty cool rigs.

    What is good gas mileage? I've heard they are in the 19-22 range. I've also heard that there their fairly noisy on the road, which makes sense to the extent they are designed as a pretty spartan rig (probably less insulation relative to others?).
     
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    Flayel Like father like son (there's not any beer in it)

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    I bought a scooter to fight the price of gas. It's an overseas knock-off but it rides good. I can go 60+ mph and get 80mpg or so. For the price I payed for it it wont be long to make up the purchase with economy. I can even take my wife and ride with her on it too very comfortable 2 seater. It fits around 2 cases of beer under the seat also; just strap the pole on the back and go. Only downside is I can't take the kiddos with me, the law says passengers have to be at least five y/o to ride on a motorcycle.

    As for the family vehicle we were economy driven there also. Pontiac Vibe a wagon/suv type thing they call it a crossover vehicle. I didnt get the awd model cuz they get about 24-28mph and we get 30-35 constantly without it and with good snow tires and smart driving we get around pretty good in the winter too.

    I do have a car for myself that no one really rides in with me; maybe it's how the car looks. It's a 93 VW Fox that hit a deer in the front once upon a time. When I got it I built a monster bumper for the front out of a motorhome axle and some other tubing; very stylish. The next deer will not be so lucky to damage the car nearly as bad :p. that car also gets 25-32 mpg when you go further than 5 miles at least.
     
  7. Denny

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    Which engine do you have? What year Outback? A few months ago there was a similar thread, and I think it was Chris Puma who said his Subaru gets 17 mpg . . . I've heard they are in the low 20's, but that's just what I've heard. I presume your 26-32 is on the highway . . . ?
     
  8. ChrisW

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    VW Jetta Diesel TDI Wagon: 40-45 mpg highway. If I could keep it under 55mph (which I can't - Damn turbo! :) ) I could get close to 50mpg.

    runs on Biodiesel too

    CW
     
  9. Brett Angel

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    Without DB about 25, with DB about 15 and it is noisy on the freeway. Not great gas mileage, but for a SUV-like vehicle it does reasonably well. They look small from the outside, but with or without the back seats in there's a ton of room. It is a pretty "thin" rig.


    EDIT: After typing this I realized I don't get as good as gas mileage as I thought. I still love the Element though.

     
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    I went with the Element. It has full time AWD which reduces the mileage from what you'd expect for a 4 cylinder, however, it's still better than what I'd expect from a larger vehicle. The plus for me is that flexibility of the interior. It's easy to remove or fold the rear seats, the front and back seats fold down and create a good platform which accomodates a full size air mattress. That with the privacy curtain create a nice little mobile hotel room. And it does a great job of towing the drift boat.
     
  11. Ryan Francis

    Ryan Francis HUMILITY IS NOT THINKING LESS OF ME, BUT THINKING

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    I work at a Ford/VW dealership and I see a lot of diesels, hybrids and biofuel...This will probably piss some people off, but biodiesel is crap, what I see here after 50-60k of biodiesel is extremely expensive, fuel heaters destroyed, injector pumps wasted, injectors leaking fuel systems completely destroyed and the lovely smell of french fries......Most biodiesel I have seen is made in someones backyard and not refined(washed) properly, however I feel for these guys, low sulphur diesel that is currently available is also crap.

    Hybrids....So far the Escape has been a very reliable vehicle, however it gets no where near
    the fuel economy stated, can't tow shit and in five or six years the battery will need to be replaced($5-6k) that to me does not out weigh the savings in fuel mileage..if any

    I've driven Fords all my life, the bigger the better I had a 03 f-250 w/ a 7.3 diesel, best truck I have ever owned, had kids and moved to Montana now I drive a old 4Runner and
    it is great, cheap to drive, don't care what happens to it. I am sure I will get ripped for the biodiesel statement...but no one likes to hear the truth
     
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    Richard,

    I had long lusted for a Ford F-250 diesel club cab with 4 doors and full 8' bed. I needed a new car in 2000 and could afford the truck, and I could afford to put the fuel in it for the annual mileage I drive (~ 15k). But I didn't want more than one vehicle and my conservative nature wouldn't abide the overly ostentatious behavior of driving a gas or diesel guzzler for everyday use and the 7 miles to my office 5 days a week in particular. Even if I could afford it, I can't see sending that much of my paycheck to an oil company every month. I'd rather have a bottle of wine with dinner every night.

    I bought a 2000 Subaru Outback. It makes the best of the compromises important to me. It's got enough luxury, comfortable ride, seat heaters, outside mirror defrosters, 6 disc CD player, etc. and economy. I have the 4 cyl. engine and get consistently 26 mpg, a little less in town driving in the winter. I have bike racks on the roof and a hitch to tow my 16' Lund with 50 hp jet drive outboard. I can be found a bit too often in the freeway fast lane going the speed limit or a scoosh more. It has 112k miles, and when it gives up the ghost I'll probably buy another unless I learn of some all-in-one-vehicle that does it better.

    Sg
     
  13. Jason

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    My F-150 is no longer my commuting car, the wife drives it to the park and ride to catch the bus, a tank of gas lasts one month. I drive a 2004 Corolla and with 80k on it since new we have yet to get less then 30mpg on a tank of gas. The F-150 will tow a boat fine, and towed our ~5000lb. trailer to Yellowstone and back averaging 10mpg, not the best but what can you do?
     
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    Scooters are fun until your friends see you on one.

    I hope your bumber creation does not just flip the next dear into your passenger cabin, less damage to your car, more damage to your person.
     
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    Saw a great article somewhere on a bunch of diesel SUV's that get over 40mpg manufactured right here in the US, but the manufacturers are only allowed to sell them in Europe.