What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby Sugar Madison » Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:10 am

'99 Honda Civic or a Honda minivan when I'm sleeping in it or carrying a lot of people.
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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby bogman2121 » Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:23 am

I was originally planning on a new Tacoma Double Cab TX Pro but I think I'm going to save some money and pick up a used Xterra instead. I'm looking in the 02-10 range at any that have fewer than 80k on the clock.

Feel free to toss some other ideas out there but from what I've seen this is the cheapest most capable option that will be reliable for a few years or until I want something else.
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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby aliciaf » Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:33 am

My fiance and I usually take his 2012 Subaru Outback, but if I go without him I have to drive my 2WD Mazda 3. Obviously, my options are limited in that car.
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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby djkest » Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:36 am

bogman2121 wrote:I was originally planning on a new Tacoma Double Cab TX Pro but I think I'm going to save some money and pick up a used Xterra instead. I'm looking in the 02-10 range at any that have fewer than 80k on the clock.

Feel free to toss some other ideas out there but from what I've seen this is the cheapest most capable option that will be reliable for a few years or until I want something else.


I like the Xterras. One thing to keep in mind is that the 2006-newer Xterras are larger and more powerful (and also more expensive) than the older ones. 2008 would probably be a pretty good year to look at. They do seem to hold their value pretty well in Colorado.
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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby smrcka » Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:50 pm

My 2005 Honda CRV has surprised me as to it's capabilities - it's been up 4WD trails such as Lead King Basin and South Colony Lakes (before they lowered the TH) Without a problem. Just need to have a decent eye for spotting the best line through rough sections - the short wheelbase helps. Main issue with a vehicle such as the CRV is the lack of a low gear when coming down these roads. On S Colony Lakes, I stopped a couple times to make sure the brakes didn't overheat. All that being said, I would still love to upgrade. If finances allowed, I'd love to have a Rubicon or even an Xterra.
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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby shaberer0511 » Tue Aug 28, 2012 3:27 pm

Bogman, yes that was me in the bug at Kite Lake in June. I went up to climb Bross, Lincoln, and Cameron on June 18th. I have driven the bug up there 3 times.
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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby MountainDawg » Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:06 pm

Great off road. Not so great on road!
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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby bking14ers » Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:22 pm

As previously stated in another post. "The cheapest rental car I can find"
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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby TallGrass » Wed Aug 29, 2012 6:17 am

"Drive"? <cough> Or ride? (<--avatar, below is from first TR)
4x4 is nice, but 2x1 is narrow. Looking forward to Como some day.

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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby Derek_Cisler » Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:01 am

Rolling from St. Charles, MO in my Wrangler. 2.5 years old...just hit 46,000 miles, trips to Colorado to climb mountains will do that!

Side note: While not the most scenic, the drive from the St. Louis area to Denver is so interesting. Start at 650' above sea level and end just above 5,200'...yet there are so few hills. Just a steady uphill climb that kills my gas mileage (which isn't that impressive to begin with). The good part, the downhill ride home and barely having to touch the gas pedal.
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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby Dark Helmet » Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:10 am

1998 Jeep Cherokee Classic 4x4... INDESTRUCTABLE, 160K+ and if I wash it, you can barely tell it has 60K on it (save one bumper scuff).

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2007 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4WD if there are more than 2 people & gear involved (wife's kid-hauler), I'll have to get some pics up of these two....


OR

2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V8(!) 4WD (dad's) if I'm out with him...
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however, my FIRST 14er (6 weeks!) will actually be courtesy of my summer car... 2008 BMW 128i
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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby MountainDawg » Sun Jun 30, 2013 8:18 pm

Almost wished I still had the FJ for this trip.
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