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: What do you drive?

09-16-2006, 02:03 AM
I'm just curious what everybody out there drives, and maybe a little info on why (especially as it pertains to fishing).

I have an Xterra which I bought because it's one of the few SUVs out there with a manual tranny, plus it's great for off roading and getting to any fishing spot you can imagine. It also has a basic interior that I don't mind getting dirty. I've gotten in more than a few times with wet waders on. :)

09-16-2006, 07:11 AM
Like Juro, I've got a Toyota Tundra, although I got the V6 model so as to get at least a little bit of fuel economy, since I don't plan on having to tow anything (no plans for a boat). Love the 11 inch ground clearance and the big bed in back. Only wish they had the double cab model in V6 when I was buying- the rear crew cab is a bit tight for passengers.

09-16-2006, 07:37 AM
subaru outback wagons. good storage, great to drive, reliable, and AWD

09-16-2006, 09:11 AM
i had a pathfinder for 2 1/2 years which perfect: lots of room inside,and a luggage rack. i installed rod racks on the ceiling and a removable set of drawers where i kept reels, lines, spools, and my other stuff during the season. i had a series of baskets(oversized milk type crates) where i kept my waders stripping basket and other bulky items including changes of clothes etc. and it was all quite handy from the back of the suv. this car was great. then about a year and a half ago, i had a bit of good fortune so i gave the car to my oldest boy who is a teacher in dallas, and i bought an escalade ext pick-up. this vehicle is the balls! it's huge, rides great, powerful, and handles off road as well, if not better than the pathfinder or my wife's previous land cruiser. that said , the pick-up is not as well suited for fishing gear as the suv was. while the bed is big, it is not long enough to install rod racks on the sides that will accomodate anything other than a broken down multi piece. and putting rod racks on the sides is asking for trouble-stuff is going to hit the rods. while i can still utilise the set of drawers and baskets, the bed is so big that much space is wasted, and the drawers, baskets (and everything else) inevitably slide around, often to the rear of the bed and it's always a pain in the ass getting to it and hard to keep well organised. i oftten end up keeping my rods and other gear in the cab.crazy,i know. so, while i love the pick-up and could probably do a little more to make it more user friendly it is both a waste of space and not as pragmatic for organising as the suv.

09-16-2006, 11:29 AM
FOrd Explorer Sport Trac.

I needed 4 doors and only medium payload. We haul around a lot of stuff for 3-5 days on the river :)

09-16-2006, 03:56 PM
Well I don't off road nor beach it...so I went for reliability, price, function and fuel economy, given that I drive 2 1/2 hrs each way to the Cape in season. I have a Honda CRV...got the front (2) wheel drive model for gas mileage.....get 29 to 30 mpg going to the Cape @ 70-72 mph (shhhh)....can put my rod, all set up, in the vehicle and can carry whatever I want re household projects. The rear window lifts up so that I can put in long boards for projects. Re all wheel/4 wheel drive....I'm semi retired and set my own schedule...if it snows, I tie flies :)

09-16-2006, 05:06 PM
Good in the sand and able to fire on the run...:Eyecrazy:
Only 17mpg and getting hard to find cheap 50 cal ammunition but "beach respect" is no longer an issue...

09-16-2006, 05:39 PM
Hi Penguin,
I also drive an Xterra. It is great in the sand, when I had the Blazer I use to have to air down to 18 PSI or I would bury it. Now I don't even have to let any air out, and have had no problems yet. Unless I get my operation before next Saturday the one's that go to the RI Clave will get a chance at seeing it operate.:smokin:

09-16-2006, 05:59 PM
We have a Honda Element as our fishing mobile. Manual Transmission, 4 WD and gets decent mileage. Easy clean interior is definitely a plus as the dog almost destroyed the leather in the "adult" mobile. Here is a pic of Lynn getting ready to pursue some steelhead.


09-16-2006, 11:19 PM
Fishing, camping, fun: 88 Ford Bronco with 302 engine purchased used - 15 to 18 mpg. The best I've ever had for 4x mountain roads - it will climb anything and has good clearance. Just the rig for a muddy/wet black lab and pulling my drift boat. Everyday transportation: 92 Buick Lesabre with 3800 engine purchased used. Great gas mileage. I'm in less than 9K total for both and have put over 100k miles on each with no problems. Money not spent on newer vehicles goes to fishing for bones in Acklins, reds in Louisiana, salmon in BC and other high priority activities!!!

09-17-2006, 01:25 AM
A politically incorrect, good 'ol American made heavy duty 3/4 ton 4X4 V8 powered pickup truck with a topper covering up the bed to provide a great place to sleep and keep dry along with allowing me to carry all the gear I'll ever need for a trip. And as an added bonus, it allows me to park pretty much anywhere I wish along a river (or in the woods) for a place to sleep (or camp). The 4-wheel drive lets me go places those with only 2-wheel or front wheel drive cannot go. It doesn't get great gas mileage at about 15 MPG; but it will easily pull 12,000 pounds down the road if the need arises, carry a full cord of firewood, or up to 3800 pounds of whatever else I might wish to carry in its bed. Besides, it's paid for.

Our other vehicle is a Jeep Cherokee (the regular one that is no longer made, not the Grand Cherokee) 4X4. It gets in the low 20's for gas mileage with its inline 6 engine and also allows me to go places those without 4-wheel drive cannot go. It too is paid for.

Seriously folks, I think this is an ideal combination of vehicles. One can carry and haul anything I have a need to carry or haul in a trailer, and the other gets decent gas mileage, is very capable off-road, and can also carry quit a bit of gear. Politically incorrect vehicles, sure; but fly fishing is also a politically incorrect thing to do what with hurting those poor fishes from our hooks.

09-17-2006, 11:45 AM
After many jeeps and trucks, got my "grown-up" car this year- GMC Yukon. Plenty of room for 3 kids and cargo space- smaller V-8 and i get the same mileage as I did with my Jeep Liberty. It, however, is not paid for.:devil:

09-17-2006, 04:05 PM
After partaking in the first "S-10" mini truck mini- SUV craze in my younger years...I am running a full-sized Z-71 and a Tahoe....plenty of power and room...nice seats..and automatic:smokin:

09-19-2006, 08:10 AM
2005 dodge magnum, AWD, 25 mpg on highway. Thule yak rack and yack on top. fly rod rack and dog screen/dog bed in back. wader box and yak box in back seat. GPS with every honey hole i know programmed in. lil fly reel on a chain around rear view mirror. spey fly, first light, NEKF, cranes res, and inspection stickers on front, signature fish boy logo on back. yes, its a hemi (RT)

09-19-2006, 08:42 AM
I've got 175,000 trouble free miles on my Tundra and can't say enough about it. In fact my michelins are approaching 100,000 miles on the vehicle which says a lot about the truck as well as the tires themselves.

Flytyer, Fords F-series are made in Canada and my Tundra was built in the states. In fact I read that US workers built 1.55 million units in 2005, that's a lot of paychecks.

So it's hard to say what's policitically correct nowadays I guess.

09-19-2006, 08:57 AM
Toyota Prius , no worries about gas prices anymore. Can make two trips to Chatham on one tank of gas. When your on a fixed income like me every little bit help. It has plenty of room for gear ect. The only down side it that is the ground clearance buy that 's not a problem for me. Hauls a yak on the roof with no problems. :smokin: FishHawk

09-19-2006, 09:40 AM
For fishing I drive a old run down Ford Mondeo. Looks like a pile of poop, but has a sound 1.8litre engine and a large boot (trunk). Looks very understated when I leave it parked for one of my all-nighters with fly gear in the trunk which is worth about 4 times the value of the car. Never washed it or cleaned inside. It has some nice scratches along the back where I have slid my sand coated yak over the boot lip onto the roof rack.

Just got back from a five day fishing, camping and yakking session, and the inside and outside look as though it has been run through a swamp. All my fishing gear is kept in tiptop condition though.

This isn't my car, but it is the same colour (plus plenty of dirt).


09-19-2006, 10:18 AM
I bought a Hummer H3... great little SUV... 25 miles a gallon.... and under 30 grand....And very safe... it is like a little tank....It'd black...I call it my Darth Vader....

09-19-2006, 11:43 AM
"95 Mercury Villager with 250K (wife won't give it up). I was shooting for 250K now thinking 300. Got one of those Tundra's too that I'm hoping is as good to me as Juro's as been to him.

09-20-2006, 08:04 AM
For fishing I use my 1990 Izuzu Trooper. Was paid off many years ago and still gets me where I need to go after 250K miles. Has a ton of storage room and a rack on top for my canoe. I can drive it onto the sand at Outer Banks and into the mountains. If you put it in 4wheel low the thing will near about climb a tree. I have been talking about buying a new fishing vehicle for about 5 years and still haven't done it. Not having those car payments make it easier to take a trip to Bahamas each year. The only draw back is power. Its just a 4 cylinder. If I need to haul my boat long distances I rent a truck with a towing package. Still the few hundred a year for truck rental does not come near draining the pocket book like new car payments would.

Jim Miller
09-20-2006, 08:07 AM
Yukon XL
Audi A6 AWD
both go .... in the snow

09-20-2006, 09:47 AM
An old Toyota Corolla. (I'm on my second one. The first one was retired when my sister-in-law wrecked it.) The Corolla is a horrible fishing vehicle. A 2 piece 8' fly rod will not fit in the trunk unless you take it out of the tube and bend the rod to get it in. The tube won't fit in the trunk no matter how you try. But I bought the Corolla as a comuting car rather than as a fishing vehicle. I like small cars. I feel like I'm driving an aircraft carrier in a big vehicle. My wife wife on the other hand likes bigs cars. She calls my Corolla "daddy's clown car". The scary part is I'm considering a Mini Cooper as my next car. Or maybe an Audi TT. Although if I could have anything I think one of these would be very nice. :D

09-20-2006, 08:45 PM
93 Dodge diesel 4x4 pickup. Why? Because it is paid for & still goes good:hihi:

My wife has a Chevy Avalanche which is what we use when she is with me to supervise. It a great fishing car in my humble opionion & gets around off road good Plus the Yak Racks mount right on the factory provided roof rack

North Island
09-22-2006, 01:23 AM
Hi All,

95 Chev Astro Van with all the seats out. AWD, Smoked windows, room for all the tackle, dog, and a sleeping bag. Works for me:)

09-23-2006, 02:28 AM

I dunno, I keep having folks I run into tell me it is time for me to give up my "gas guzzler" 3/4 ton pickup and Cherokee and get more environmentally friendly vehicles that get better gas mileage. Heck, some of them go as far as to say the only folks who ought to have a pickup of any sort are construction workers and farmers. Some of them also claim that all SUV's are gas guzzling, high pollution vehicles that waste natural resources and as such, they ought to be banned, or heavily taxed.

However, I just can't seem to bring myself to giving up a perfectly good 4X4 pickup or Jeep Cherokee when they are both perfectly good vehicles in excellent mechanical condition that do the job they were designed to do. As some others have said, I can buy a lot of gas with what I don't pay in car payments.

09-25-2006, 06:18 AM
1998 Subaru Outback w/200,000 mi. Head gasket blown

2000 Saab 9-5 Aero 22 mpg

2000 Dodge Dakota.. Built / forged 408 stroker motor / Paxton supercharger. My mom's maiden name is 'Speed'. I bracket race this truck. It's also a daily driver. 12 mpg.


09-26-2006, 02:14 PM

I drive a 3/4 ton 4x4 Quad Cab Dodge Ram with the Hemi. I love it to death, but 15 mpg is starting to get old. But I can take 4 other fisherfolk with me, and there's almost no place we can't go. Last fall I introduced Jamie (from the UK) to it, I think he liked it. The only downfall is finding a parking spot on the Cape is tough in something that big. Maybe I could throw Fishhawk's Prius in the bed and take his spot.


09-26-2006, 06:52 PM
'96 Pontiac Grand Am with 3.1 V6. This multi-purpose vehicle (i.e., my only vehicle) carries my 12' tin boat on the roof and 3hp motor in the trunk about 100 days out of the year. Gets 30mpg highway without the boat. If I lived closer to the coast I'd definitely buy a 4wd truck or SUV for the beaches.


kent jones
09-26-2006, 07:50 PM
a classic 1987 ford bronco with 54,000 miles:) :) :) :) :)