- What bike friendly car?
I’ve narrowed down my next car to one of the following. Any thoughts or suggestions? Got a max of £3k to spend.
BMW 525 Touring
Volvo V70 T5
Subura Impreza Wagon
Mitsubishi Legnum 2.5 Twin Turbo
As you can probably tell, i want something with a “bit of go” that i can throw bikes and muddy dogs in the back of.Posted 9 years ago
Those are some nice choices – I looked at similar before I bought my bike friendly wagon. As mentioned above I’d go for a Subaru Legacy estate, or even a forester. Similar performance and reliability without the higher insurance stigma of the impreza, particularly the wrx varieties. I got quoted almost 5k for and impreza estate wrx. The car was only worth 2.5
The BM will be pricey to service and get parts for I would imagine? Im not a fan of the mitsi so ya, I’d go for a subaru but I’d get the legacy, look into them, the 2.5 bi turbo is nice.
I ended up getting a pick up after all that. Most bike friendly car you can get but not much “go”.Posted 9 years ago_foxie_Member
I wish i could stretch my budget a little further, but alas, the credit crunch is biting and i need to keep some cash back for bike bits. I just missed out on a V70 R for £3500, so it is possible to get them – just higher mileage. Generally they’re not they type of car that gets thrashed though!
The Legacys a good shout though…….Posted 9 years agoone_happy_hippyMember
P.S i Love my Pahse 2 V70 T5, Can get 2 DH bikes in wheels on without trying, 3 DH bikes with front wheels off and 3 people, or 4bikes, wheels off, and 4 people (bit of a squeeze)
AND it’ll still do 0-60 in less than 7 seconds.
MPG – Urban / commuting (with some booting it) 25
General (kinda careful) 27-28
Motorway 30 – 32
Only thing i would replace it with is a VB70R AWD or if i suddenly get rich an RS6, prefer it to the BMW’s & Mercs ive driven.Posted 9 years agodave_aberMember
If you look around you might just get an A6 Allroad for that sort of money. I manage reasonable (30-ish) mpg out of a 2.5TDi one, got reasonable ooomph, bags of space inside (and on top), with the added bonus that it can cope with the occasional dodgy muddy bit – like where bikes like to set off from.
Goes up and down too, which is handy.Posted 9 years agoGnnrSubscriber
If I were you… look at SAAB 95 estates esp AERO version. Or slightly smaller the Audi A4 estate. Be prepared for fairly high servicing costs.
These cars were all v expensive when new! I have a SAAB cost 2.3K second hand, huge car and goes like stink. I think when my wee boy is a little bigger and we have less travel cots etc to lug around I will look at a used A4.Posted 9 years ago
Legacy estate 2. bi turbo estate On autotrader. Import so insurance would be steep but still…..£1200, 80k….280 bhp 🙂
I think I know what my next cars gonna be….some serious bargains to be had on autotrader. Think I’ll just build up another year or two’s ncb first.Posted 9 years agopebbleMember
With Gnnr on this one. The large pertrol engine Saabs are going for very little at the momement. Take a look at the classifieds on http://www.saabscene.com. The old Saabs are very well built and if you use the forum and a Haynes manual can cut down servicing cost a lot.
The estates are not good in the snow or ice though as I found out just before Christmas with mine.Posted 9 years agodave_aberMember
The estates are not good in the snow or ice though as I found out just before Christmas with mine
Get a quattro of some type – they are bloody amazing in the slippy stuff.
Second the A4 recommendations – the Allroad is a cracking car, but if anything is a wee bit to big and ‘lorry’ like for me. Quick A4 next time I think.Posted 9 years agofivespotMember
My 1999 Audi A6 tdi Avant 2.5 has been fantastic for bike and other hauling. The rear load cover has a built-in folding dog net (although I don’t use it, because I dont have a dog)I’ve had over 50 cars, any of which I have only ever kept for 6-18 months. The A6 is still here after over 3 years. Better build quality than any of the 7 BMW’s or 2 Saabs I’ve had. Decent ecconomy, 36-38 knocking about, 42-44 motorway. Maybe selling soon, but only if I can find a newer one to replace itPosted 9 years agoNorthCountryBoyMember
imo bikes & cars is always a dissapointment! Iv had a few estate cars people carriers etc as soon as you want the bikes inside ie not on a rack its a big compromise. Folding down seats pulling our shelves trying to get a sheet to stay in place to catch all the mud. Yeah you may manage 2 bikes but thats no use if you have 3 mates. So a couple of years ago I thought why not get a van………….. Life is so much more simple now. Personally I think the VW transporters are about the best. for around 3K you should pick u a 1.9td in reasonable condition. OK its not going to go like a 2.5 turbo GTi RIP tdi but then its gonna save you on fuel and you can save the speed for the trails……..
Just my opinion of course………Posted 9 years ago
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