Anything that will haul bikes and get 30mpg?

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  1. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    It's not a matter of making money, it's that they bill themselves as a luxury-only brand here and don't want to dilute their marketing message. Mercedes does the same thing. No A-series here, no cloth seats, no manual windows, etc.
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  2. vtwin

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    Yes, isn't it funny that all over the world they use Mecedes as taxis?:lol3 Maybe they could do a Acura/Honda reversal. Bring in their lower models as another line and sell them rebadged at another dealership? Probably never happen.
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  3. troidus

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    The only non-commercial brand name they have available is Smart. I don't think that would work for a stripped C-class, but they could perhaps sell the A as a stretch Smart. I don't know what BMW would do.
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  4. BHW

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    An 80s CRX with the hatch cut out so you can stuff a bike in there. Otherwise your options are small TDI with a trailer. Nothing else will get a realistic 30mpg pulling bikes. A lot of people don't know how to calculate gas mileage. The numbers I hear people toss around daily, about their cars MPG, make me laugh, then cry. There's always ONE person who claims to get twice the MPG out of a certain vehicle, than anyone else has ever gotten!
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  5. hugemoth

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    The key is a very light trailer with high pressure skinny tires being towed by a car that gets great gas mileage. I've driven this set up from Central Oregon to Death Valley and back averaging 42 mpg on the trip. Most of the trip was cruising at 60 to 65 mph.

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  6. Thinc2

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    Those trailer tires look tiny!
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  7. Stephenson

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    Not diesel - I get about 22 pulling a trailer with the bikes. This isn't my trailer, I pull the harbor freight one now.

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  8. Rogue_Ryder

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    So I guess we have our answer!
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  9. koncha

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  10. Geek

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    FWIW ... I was in having my Sprinter serviced on Wednesday and the dealer mentioned to me that in 2014 they are bringing the 4 cylinder 7 speed Sprinter option to the US ... 30mpg.
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  11. GP640

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    Holy crap, really?

    Too bad we just picked up a new truck or I'd be all over one:baldy
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  12. xr400r

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    I don't see a huge benefit for a diesel unless you are towing or driving a huge number of miles....
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  13. Toysrme

    Toysrme Been here awhile

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    yes! buy a 1980's civic hatch, swap the suspension, brakes & put a towing bar on it. youll get about 35mpg. that's what we got towing lawn mowers on a trailer for a lawn service.

    don't try to bog it down in top gear or youll put a rod through the block.
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  14. scorpion

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  15. FinlandThumper

    FinlandThumper Has Cake/Eats it Too Super Moderator

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    Interesting point. So it comes down to positioning themselves as luxury only. Too bad because those small engines are efficient and extremely economical.
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  16. The Letter J

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    ...like a honda "hiccup"! I don't know if it was factory built or if a body-guy was bored and made them but they sure looked like they could have been OE. I have seen this one locally:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/13411027@N00/2823983738/
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  17. browneye

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    Bringing back an old thread here...

    Was doing some searching on car vs truck for bikes. I keep thinking of trading my GLK off for a new Silverado and trying to justify living with a "pickup" for the 95% of my driving that is not hauling anything. This was an interesting thread and I think I'll trade for a new diesel GLK when my lease is up.

    Test drove Tacoma, Silverado and decided a full size is the way to go if you're gonna invest in a truck. But the ride isn't nearly as good, not as easy to get in and out of, and parking is a bitch in comparison. I find my 'car' very comfortable and it gets 20mph pulling the bikes. Plus the trailer is much easier to load and unload compared to a pickup. I've owned several trucks and always get to the point where I can't wait to get rid of them.

    I have a spring-over conversion on my trailer for pulling it behind a motorhome, but it seems to work fine for the car too. Probably have two or three thousand travel mile on it like this and it tows 65-70 easy and still gets 20 or better.

    You guys just talked me out of a new pickup. :cry


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  18. HOT DAMN!

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    That's a hell of a deal, I got 225K trouble free miles out of mine way back in the day and then passed it on to an old friend of mine. Guess what, it really had a 22R. :lol3
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  19. PirateJohn

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    Getting to this thread late ... What is the towing capacity of a GLK?

    They have been out for a little while. The smaller Audi looks nice too and I assume they compete in the same market segment.

    Any used smaller diesel SUVs out there? We can get cheap diesel down here.


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  20. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    The gas version has the same running gear as the ML350, a 3.5L V6 with 7 speed auto, rated to tow 3500. I think the ML is about double that because of it's size. It's a strong runner and pulls bikes like you don't know they're there. I wouldn't want to tow a 3K pound boat with it though. Has the smaller c-class chassis components and 19" wheels. Tires are STUPID expensive and only last 25K miles.

    The 4cyl CDI diesel is coming out in a couple of months and expected to have more torque and only in the 4-matic AWD. Supposed to be about 5mpg better than the gas, maybe a lot more on the hiway. Spendy though, they'll be mid-40K's.

    The only other diesel suv's I'm aware of is the Grand Cherokee, can get the 5cyl motor the sprinter van has. Great motor, lots of torque and good fuel economy. For me though, the only jeep I could stand would have to be a wrangler softtop.

    The Audi Q's rate higher with the reviewers and are a little more fancy inside, but I will never forget the 5000 and 100LS. Some of the worst cars in history. And they're too closely tied to VW and I still think all of them things are a PITA to maintain. At least the little benzo is solid. 20K miles an it's never been back to the dealer, not a single issue. Have just changed the oil a few times and clean out the air filter. Flawless operation. The MBTex uphostery is fantastic too. I don't know where they get their vinyl, but everybody thinks it's leather, it's comfy, and way easy to maintain.

    The BMW X3 falls in this category too. I like their cars but not so much their SUVs. And BMW's are expensive to maintain once out of warranty. I know, we had a 325 'vert for 8 years to over a hundred grand. I spent a fortune keeping it running in tip top shape. Great driving car, but PITA to keep up.

    The benzo is full of electronic gadgets too, auto-up and down windows, lots of funky little computer programmed things like wipers, lights, and switches. Huge glass top that opens. It is my fifth MB I have owned. I have a 34 year old one in the garage too.

    I sure got the hots for a pickup, the Tacomas are way cool, F150 with Ecoboost, and the Silverado extended cab with leather got almost on my buy list. But I've backed away for the time being. Going to see just how many times I'll really haul bike trailer with it. Usually the motorhome goes, or we ride from home, or somebody else drives.


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