Best vehicle for a kitesurfer

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twcdouglas
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Thu Jan 02, 2014 3:51 pm

My old golf cabriolet is an awesome car, despite being a bit of a hair-dressers one, but finally it is starting to hinder me by not having enough space and getting a bit old for the job. So I am looking for something new, not a van but something in between - estate, 4x4, pick-up, MPV etc.

Your thoughts and general discussion on this would be awesome with a focus on price, reliability and running costs.

My initial thoughts are below, looking at the 2000-2007 year range probably to keep costs down:
BMW 3 series Touring (estate) 2.0 TDI
Audi A4 estate (quattro/allroad/TDI all options)
Volvo estates and the 4x4 XC90
Renault scenic RX4
Land rover freelander

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Tommy D :-D
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John.B
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Thu Jan 02, 2014 5:18 pm

Skoda Roomster - an absolute tardis of a car with large boot and crazy flexfold seats that can come out, but even with them in the headroom means you can get changed in the back very easy.

Looks strange but works as a kite car brilliantly and won't cost the earth to buy/run.
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Thu Jan 02, 2014 5:48 pm

hi ya ...
I have a shogun sport it is a 3l v6 engine but runs on lpg ...
it has lots of space without putting the back seats down and you can get your board in across the boot and 3 kites and all your kit is covered by the parcel shelf/roller blind thingy ....there is also enough room for me to get changed while sitting on the back seat out of the cold ...also the front seats recline all the way and join the back seats so you can sleep on them if your on a long journey or camping out ...iv'e done it and their comfortable ....
and it will get you to any far flung beach you care to venture to, which I'm planning to do this summer ....go exploring ....
before this I had a frontera but the shogun is a lot better for comfort...
its still ok for everyday use ...
if I had the choice though I would have a vw van and a normal size car....AL....
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Thu Jan 02, 2014 7:06 pm

I have a 5 seat Fiat Doblo window van, looks gay but modern 1.9 tdi, aircon, van/car for under £1k, if you black out the windows no one can see you driving it :lol:
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Thu Jan 02, 2014 7:45 pm

An auto with good stereo, coffee in one hand singing to choons all the way to the beach and louder all the way home.

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Thu Jan 02, 2014 8:51 pm

Before I got the van I was looking at the BMW 320 se or d estate , the Audi a4 was a step up again. With 3 kids I wouldn't be without the vw t5 now although I could get away with a swb which is the same length as an estate
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Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:26 pm

I have the stereotypical T4 van that covers everything and the girlfriend had a Renault scenic that is more than good enough as a family car and can take two weeks worth of camping gear and more importantly it can take 3 kiters and all their gear including 3 kites each board's wetsuits and other bits.
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Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:49 pm

Pick up :-D .... sling it in the back and off you go.. wet wesuits & kites are not conducive to a vehicles interior :(
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Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:10 pm

Delorean, stainless steel so it wont rust and can go back in time because "you should have been here yesterday, it was awesome"
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Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:51 pm

redneck wrote:Delorean, stainless steel so it wont rust and can go back in time because "you should have been here yesterday, it was awesome"

Quality post

Also you can go "back in the day" to fly a "real" kite when kiting was an "extreme" sport :lol:
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Fri Jan 03, 2014 6:59 am

My company gave me a Nissan Pathfinder. While I wouldn't recommend it specifically (slow, dim witted auto gearbox, no USB input for the stereo) a large 4X4 does the trick for me.

Plenty of room for kites and boards but the best thing about it is that the company also gave me a driver for it. Downwinders are a breeze, he just follows me and my mates down the coast and picks us up wherever we stop. So thats my tip, Large 4x4 with free fuel and a driver.
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Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:06 am

JGTR wrote:
redneck wrote:Delorean, stainless steel so it wont rust and can go back in time because "you should have been here yesterday, it was awesome"

Quality post

Also you can go "back in the day" to fly a "real" kite when kiting was an "extreme" sport :lol:
Except it was aluminium... And would oxidise horribly. Still it would fit in with some of the Chinese marine grade stainless that gets sold to us...
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Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:27 am

In the process of buying a 2008 Audi A4 Estate, though I have also been looking at the Seat Exos which is basically the same car (to a point) but you get a lot more toys for your buck.

You can pick up a Exeos with 70k on the clock and full leather interior on a 2010 plate for 7.5k. looks almost identical on the inside to the Audi.
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Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:51 am

Ive got a 2008 BMW 320D estate, great car, plenty of room for me and cheap on gas, can be a bit more expensive on parts compared to say a mondeo or equivelant, but they are good and reliable!

I also have a 1971 VW early bay which is nice for weekends, but very much a luxury, cool as fook though, and a 1967 split in its original paint which is totaly impracticle as it has a hot motor and is low, even more cool as fook and a pleasure to own!

No matter what motor you look at, someone will always have a horror story about that particular model, the www is fullof stuff like that!

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Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:57 am

JGTR wrote:
redneck wrote:Delorean, stainless steel so it wont rust and can go back in time because "you should have been here yesterday, it was awesome"

Quality post

Also you can go "back in the day" to fly a "real" kite when kiting was an "extreme" sport :lol:
+1 :-D

Oh & I'm back in a T5 wonder why I ever left.
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