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Topic Title: Surf car
Topic Summary: Need a new one
Created On: 09/19/2017 02:08 PM
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 09/20/2017 08:54 PM
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ww

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Drove a Mazda 3 sedan as a rental last Feb., beach setting.  Liked it.  Hadn't liked a couple of Corollas, did like a boxy Holden, but those are going extinct.  

I figure the 2009 Vibe is doing fine.  

 09/21/2017 12:49 PM
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johnnyboy

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the Toyota highlander is not great on gas but its roomy, youre up in the seat and its very reliable.

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 09/21/2017 01:13 PM
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daner

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A friend just picked up a 2009 Honda Odyssey with 80K miles for $10K. It's a very nice surf vehicle with good mileage.

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 09/23/2017 07:21 PM
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WG

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Originally posted by: havanabama

CRV


Bingo.
A neighbor had a nice 2010 EXL AWD for sale cheap.
Mine now,
Not the MPG I was looking for but it'll do, and no car payments.

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 09/23/2017 07:23 PM
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Hat-n-Shades

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Here's my Prius with a few board and room for 2 passengers. A 9 footer is no problem to put in side and the rail for the trunk cover allows you to slip a shorty underneath. I was moving a bunch of boards. In the end, I think I had 8 boards on or in the Prius. I'm pretty sure I got a 10' 4" Yater in it once. 45 mpg with the racks on top. Solar roof cools the car on hot days by fanning in fresh air. Prius Surf Mobile 1

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Edited: 09/23/2017 at 07:35 PM by Hat-n-Shades
 04/26/2018 08:03 PM
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KP

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Anybody have comments on:
Honda Pilot
Honda Fit
Ford transit




Or updates on the previous mentioned vehicles?
Highlander
Prius battery issues??
Mazda's
Crv


Looking to buy another used vehicle cash (don't care for payments)

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Edited: 04/26/2018 at 08:20 PM by KP
 04/27/2018 08:26 AM
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artz

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I have a 2010 Subaru Forester. Can’t beat the AWD best ever for when it rains . Drove from Stewart to Tamps in that monsoon rain never felt like It was going to start skidding. Passed lots of cars that slowed way down. Themileage could be better . Newer models do get better mileage. Not sure about fitting 9 foot+ board in the car.  Never gave me any problems 

I keeping the Subaru and looking into a Sprinter Van or other high roof van to do some longer trips. I plan to convert to a camper van.Milage isn’t bad most people I talk to say they get on average 23 mpg. No problems with getting 10 + Boards inside. With roof racks I could also have my Kayak and SUP on the roof.

 04/27/2018 08:49 AM
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miker

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I had a prius for 4 years before I switched to my current vehicle. The back seats in mine folded down flat and could stack numerous boards under 7' diagonal and by flipping the front passenger seat down, I could add in a couple of 10' or less longboards. Or if I had a passenger, fold one back seat and front passenger seats down and still fit multiple boards with room for a passenger and my JRT. Was still getting 45MPG on my very short daily drives <5 miles ...and anything over that would get between 48-54 depending on how I drove and where. No battery issues at all with it at 4 years old.

 04/27/2018 08:52 AM
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stokedpanda

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Originally posted by: KP

Anybody have comments on:

Honda Pilot

Honda Fit

Ford transit









Or updates on the previous mentioned vehicles?

Highlander

Prius battery issues??

Mazda's

Crv





Looking to buy another used vehicle cash (don't care for payments)


Spent a lot of time in several fits, and they are great little cars.

Owned a 2002 CRV and the AC was absolute trash, I think we had it fixed three times(almost cost more than the car) and it was broken within two months after each...it litterally eats and spits out compressors. Other than that I liked it!


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 04/27/2018 09:01 AM
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StirfryMcflurry

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transit /vs highlander = which one wins?



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 04/27/2018 09:31 AM
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Paragon1

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Try to find a 2010/2011 4Runner. Can hold a 10" board inside if you take the headrest off the passenger seats.  Rear seats fold flat, and give you just about 6' of room if you choose to camp/sleep in it.  Toyota reliability.  I'm on my second one, will never let it go.  Gas is decent if you keep it stock (above 20mpg on the interstate) and maintenance is cheap.  all in all its a hard one to beat.  

 04/27/2018 12:11 PM
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StirfryMcflurry

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just be careful on which '10 or '11 you get ^...those are the 2 years with the most recalls! ...FYI



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 05/07/2018 03:57 PM
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KP

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Thanks for the comments! Looks like it is going to be the Prius v is the one we are looking for. Maybe a regular Prius 4 or 5. Seems the battery issues are thing of the past and not too bad $$wise to replace if needed.
Any other pros/cons?

Still got my element for back up :-) might replace that one with an older hybrid highlander

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 05/07/2018 04:24 PM
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Kimo63

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Bentayga , sure it will cost you a little more but you can be buried in it .


https://www.bentleymotors.com/en/models/bentayga/bentayga.html
 05/07/2018 05:13 PM
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HAPDigital

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How about that honda ridgeline? Looks pretty cool, almost like car. reminds me of the element but with a bed.
 05/08/2018 08:43 AM
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Plan B

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Originally posted by: KP Anybody have comments on: Honda Pilot Honda Fit Ford transit Or updates on the previous mentioned vehicles? Highlander Prius battery issues?? Mazda's Crv Looking to buy another used vehicle cash (don't care for payments)

 

My brother has a Mazda 3 and likes it.  First one got totaled in a wreck, and he liked it enough to get another.  Manual.... has some zip, and he got some nice tricked out Thules on it for his toys



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 05/08/2018 09:48 AM
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surfmcc32

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Originally posted by: KP Anybody have comments on: Honda Pilot Honda Fit Ford transit Or updates on the previous mentioned vehicles? Highlander Prius battery issues?? Mazda's Crv Looking to buy another used vehicle cash (don't care for payments)

i found a deal on a fit that i couldnt pass up, 7.5k for a 2013 low milage. had it for a year now with no issues, lots of space as the seats fold way down. I got roof racks for the longboard but my 9'6 fits in their just fine. i've fit 5 shortboards in the back before without laying the passenger seat down. not quite the gas mileage of the prius but its not bad usually get around 34 in the city and around 38 on highway. paid cash at offlease only and they gave me a good deal for my old prius too with 180k on it.  My sister had a prius and her battery gave out at 160k but these were early prius' i'm sure their battery range is longer now. I'm driving this car until self driving cars are cheap enough for the average consumer.

 05/08/2018 10:30 AM
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tom

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I'll say this again,

I wish someone (HELLO CHEVY/FORD/TOYO/NISSAN) would make

a small pickup with good gas mileage again.  

My '04 Frontier gets better mpg than anything on the market this year. 

NOT ALL PICKUPS NEED TO TOW 10,000 LBS!?!

sheesh



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 05/08/2018 11:49 AM
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Plan B

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I'm still driving my 2000 5spd Frontier..... that I bought new in Sept. 2000 

 

I think it's nearing the end though... driving through tornado spawning feeder bands (Irma) isnt reccomended



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 05/09/2018 09:47 AM
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bluestreak

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Originally posted by: KP Thanks for the comments! Looks like it is going to be the Prius v is the one we are looking for. Maybe a regular Prius 4 or 5. Seems the battery issues are thing of the past and not too bad $$wise to replace if needed. Any other pros/cons? Still got my element for back up :-) might replace that one with an older hybrid highlander

 

What is a Prius 5 going for today, have you been to the dealer yet?

 

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