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Re: Current vehicle of choice

Postby fishmonger » Fri Sep 06, 2013 2:54 pm

I have a big '07 Tundra and and old 4Runner, but I put more miles on my bicycle each year than either of them, and that's with 4000 miles round trip to the Sierra. When at home, I can go 2 months before I need to put gas in any of them. That's pretty much why I don't drive a Prius or something similar - it would never pay for itself.



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Re: Current vehicle of choice

Postby KathyW » Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:07 am

I drive a lot for work still, but in a few years that will change and I hope to be able to do the same thing you do - ride my bike most of the time except when I head out on longer trips. Fishmonger, I envy you.

I have a shell on my Tacoma, and I think that it is the ability to load a ton of gear in the back and still sleep back there comfortably is the reason I'll go with another Tacoma instead of the FJ Cruiser. The more I think about it, the only thing I think I would like better about the FJ is that ability to go from the back to the front without going outside like I have to in the Tacoma and that is not enough of an issue to choose the FJ over the Tacoma. The 4Runner with an off-road package would probably be what I'd like best, but the price of that vehicle is over my budget.
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Re: Current vehicle of choice

Postby giantbrookie » Sat Sep 07, 2013 11:46 am

I have my usual driving vehicle, if there are no rough roads: a 2001 Sentra, which has 120+k on it but still gets high 30's mpg on the highway. However, if things get rough, then the vehicle is a '92 Pathfinder that still low miles (80k) because I choose only to use it when it is necessary. I have highway truck tires on it (and needless to say, no extra lift), so I don't really do justice to its off road capabilities, but it has proved to be very capable on moderately difficult jeep trails, cutting down my hiking distance to many destinations over the years in addition to being used as a geologic field vehicle when called upon. As with many things, I'm probably getting more cautious as I get older, so I am less willing to push things to the limit of combined capability of me (as driver) and my vehicle off road. In the 90's I banged the Pathfinder around a bit and took on some jeep trails such as the Eagle Lake trail north of 80 that has a few Mitchell class 4 moves on it, but after a big binge running parts of some Highway 168 area trails back a few years, I've become notably more conservative--will do Mitchell class 3 but certainly not more. I suppose this mirrors my decline in guts on the climbing class 3 and 4 stuff, where I tend to shy away from anything above mid 3rd class nowadays.
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Re: Current vehicle of choice

Postby KathyW » Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:30 pm

GB: I think we all get a bit more cautious as we get older. I know it's happening to me too. I like having a vehicle that will get me down a backcountry road closer to where I want to hike from, but I don't always drive as far as the vehicle can go because I get too nervous once the road gets really bad. I'm also mostly alone out there; so I don't want to get the vehicle stuck somewhere way out there.
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Re: Current vehicle of choice

Postby KathyW » Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:55 am

Well, It'll be the 2014 Tacoma. Really not a hard choice in the end.
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Re: Current vehicle of choice

Postby oldranger » Thu Jan 22, 2015 10:27 am

In the fall of 2013 we bought both a small travel trailer and a boat. After pulling and backing both with my beloved 2000 4-Runner (this is the only vehicle other than my 78 International Scout that I have ever been enamored with) I decided that, especially if someone else had to do the driving and backing, that an auto transmission was now appropriate. I am kind of stuck on the reliability of Toyotas so the choice was between a 4-Runner, Tacoma, or a Tundra. While I would love to have a pickup with a camper Kathy had the final say and she preferred the 4-Runner because it was family friendly and it would fit in the garage. So we decided on a new 4-Runner despite the fact that to us they are ugly and lack the wonderful lines of our 2000. However with the 5 speed auto, stability and traction control it is a much safer road vehicle than the 2000. It also is more powerful even though the towing capacity is a little less. In the end we are getting about 1 mpg better gas mileage, it is a quieter ride and cruising down to California is a breeze, and it has high clearance and has more off highway capability than I have skill. The auto transmission makes it much easier to back and creep over rocky terrain. The rear camera makes it a cinch to back up to a trailer without any guidance from another person. All in all, with 15,000 miles on it in a year of ownership I am pleased with it even though it was ugly to begin with and has since acquired more than a few Arizona pinstripes!
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Re: Current vehicle of choice

Postby KathyW » Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:15 am

Mike - It sounds like you're going to get many years of enjoyment out of that 4Runner. I'm sold on Toyota's too - I'm on my third Tacoma. It gets me down most of the backcountry roads I want to go down, and would probably get me down more if I wasn't such a nervous nelly. The first time I saw it from behind on a rough road, it just amazed me what the suspension does to keep the vehicle fairly level as it crawls over those rocks. I switched from a standard (manual) transmission to automatic over the years. I was hesitant to make the switch, but I'm glad I did.
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Re: Current vehicle of choice

Postby markskor » Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:48 am

My vehicles of choice?
YARTS...live 2 blocks from Mammoth Park -n- Ride -
Whatever the person who picks me up hitch hiking is driving,
or what car Mike happens to own that particular year.
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Re: Current vehicle of choice

Postby Jimr » Thu Jan 22, 2015 1:37 pm

So Mark, your current vehicle choice is OP's

I have a 2004 Toyota Tundra SR5 with full double cab. I love it when gas is where it is at the moment. It sucks when gas approaches $4/gal.
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Re: Current vehicle of choice

Postby markskor » Thu Jan 22, 2015 1:55 pm

Yup...prefer to drive the OP-AK,
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FYI, I currently drive a '88 Jeep Wagoneer - (works and because its paid for) -
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Being a senior now, $7, YARTS - one-way to Tuolumne,
Another $7 to the Valley...can't drive up the hill for that price.

BTW, always have an open couch for any HST hiker passing/driving through Mammoth - might even bum a ride -
Provided I'm not already out hiking somewhere.
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Re: Current vehicle of choice

Postby ERIC » Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:03 pm

Mike, I dislike the looks of the new 4-Runners as well. Curious if you considered the (what I consider to be the more stylish) FJ Cruiser at the time and if so why it didn't make the cut.
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Re: Current vehicle of choice

Postby SSSdave » Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:11 pm

Been driving a 2007 Forester AWD I bought used in 2010 with 57k and now have 126k that is pretty consistently 25 mpg. Before that put 300k + on a Legacy AWD. I ski in the winter especially on or right after fresh snow days so have needed AWD to eliminate chaining up. And AWD is critical out on many of the off pavement places I go though not having a high wheel base has limitations so am rather conservative the more remote I go. All set up to sleep in the bed which I do a lot. Last spring up on a gravel bed of the Smith River in Del Norte County that I dispersed camped at.

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Expect to put a lot of miles on the next few months and then will start looking for something new or newer to last into my retirement years I'm now at.
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