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pintspillerpintspiller Frets: 525
Thinking of changing my car. Currently drive a Toyota Corolla Verso, but no need for a 7-seater and the agro with the DPF is pissing me off.

Any recommendations for cars that are great for carrying gear, ie ease of loading/unloading and that. Was thinking of an estate or something because the tailgate or lack of.

Sometimes I bring other gear too, but it's usually a bass, head, 410 cab, bag of pedals/leads and sometimes two floor monitors.
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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 18242
    I carry a full drum kit in a BMW 1 series.
    The guitar and bass stuff easily fits too.
    I am the juice of four limes.
    Trading Feedback
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 13548
    More sensibly, the Octavia and Superb estates have big boots. The Superb's is freakin' enormous. 
    Be your own evil twin. 
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  • vasselmeyervasselmeyer Frets: 2327
    I've always had an estate car. Currently a VW Passat, but I've had a Volvo V50, an Audi A3 and a BMW 3 series. All of them have managed to fit amp, effects, cable box, stands and three guitars in the back.

    Room is one thing you might need, but the next thing to think about is the lip for the tailgate. Look for the lowest one as even on an estate car, it can get old dragging things in and out.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 32171
    Renault Grand Scenic 1.6 petrol.

    Huge inside, no tailgate lip, economical and nice to drive, cheap to buy because everyone thinks Renaults are crap (they aren't).

    I like it so much that when my old one was written off (not my fault!) I immediately went and bought another one. If it matters, I could get an Ampeg 6x10" cab and SVT head *in the boot* without even needing to fold the seats.

    Once you've used an MPV, all other types of cars seem the wrong shape.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • soma1975soma1975 Frets: 332
    Just bought a Skoda Octavia estate for video production stuff which is an ungodly amount of kit to move about and it handles it perfectly. Enormous boot and great car. 
    My Trade Feedback Thread is here

    Been uploading old tracks I recorded ages ago and hopefully some new noodles here.
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  • mr-macmr-mac Frets: 192
    edited June 13
    Big volvo, usually no lip on the proper estates
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  • TheMarlinTheMarlin Frets: 1349
    Mondeo Estate. Though, stock seats are uncomfortable in most recent model, head rest can push your head forward. 
    Upgraded leather electricaly adjustable ones are more comfy. 
    Better on older pre 2017 models. 
    Enirmous boot, good reliable Diesel engine. 
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  • JasonJason Frets: 322
    Skoda Yeti is what I use
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  • fastonebazfastonebaz Frets: 194
     Ford Mondeo hatchback has enormous boot that swallows loads of kit and keeps it out of sight. 
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 3237
    Yeti 170.
    "It's no wonder the Pacific Ocean is blue."
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  • JayGeeJayGee Frets: 453
    Nissan Leaf. Eliminates all those worries about waking the neighbours with a (suddenly hellishly loud although it seems perfectly civilised during the day) diesel engine when you get home at 3:00 AM... :-)
    Don't ask me, I just play the damned thing...
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 9363
    I used to get 3 guitars, a 1x12 combo, a big pedalboard and chunky bag of cables etc in a Corsa every week. 

    Before that we used to put 4 guitars in hardcases, a Laney VC15, a Vox Valvetronix 1x12, a pedalboard, a couple of bags of cables, a snare drum & cymbals, and a Yamaha clavinova (and stand) in the back of a Polo in under 5 minutes. 

    My conclusion is that anything not hilariously small is absolutely fine unless you're shit at gear-tetris.
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 13548
    Jason said:
    Skoda Yeti is what I use
    I had two of those - they have a surprising amount of space inside - it's not massively long front-to-back but it's tall and very usefully square. With the back seats down (or removed) it's like a little van, and with the variable boot floor there's no lip to lift over.
    Be your own evil twin. 
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  • ESBlondeESBlonde Frets: 2327
    I've had a 4X4 truck, an Austin Maxi, A Volvo estate, Several large saloon cars and the surprise of the bunch, Skoda octavia estate. Huge boot space (not massive headroom like a 4X4), economical, easy to drive/park, reliable.
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  • LuttiSLuttiS Frets: 948
    Used to get 2 x guitars, 1x12 amp, drumkit and a drummer in a 2001 Yaris..
    Squeezing the drummer in too was the tough bit... as were hills.. 

    Got a life in an estate once filled with gear.. much more preferable. Go with an estate :)


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  • meltedbuzzboxmeltedbuzzbox Frets: 7554
    Is the vehicle purely for lugging kit? Or do you need it to be a family car during the rest of the week?
    Do you care if it has the acceleration of a tranquilised 3 legged Rhino climbing a hill?
    The Bigsby was the first successful design of what is now called a whammy bar or tremolo arm, although vibrato is the technically correct term for the musical effect it produces. In standard usage, tremolo is a rapid fluctuation of the volume of a note, while vibrato is a fluctuation in pitch. The origin of this nonstandard usage of the term by electric guitarists is attributed to Leo Fender, who also used the term “vibrato” to refer to what is really a tremolo effect.
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  • HattigolHattigol Frets: 973
    The heated rear screen on the Skodas are particularly powerful.
    It's good because they keep your hands lovely and warm when you're pushing them home...
    "Anybody can play. The note is only 20%. The attitude of the motherf*cker who plays it is  80%" - Miles Davis
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  • HaychHaych Frets: 519

    Volvo V70, end of!  Still wish I had mine.  Bulletproof, reliable, masses of load space, no lip on the loading bed and incredibly practical for every day use.

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  • I have a Fiat Panda and I find it's excellent for a reasonable amount of gear. My usual load out is amp head (Egnator Rebel), 1x12 cab, double guitar bag, pedaltrain jnr in flightcase, laptop bag with cables and a rucksack. Everything bar the pedaltrain can go in the boot with judicious packing. The pedal board goes behind the passenger seat. I took 3/4 of the drum kit to one gig, it made hills a bit dicey but the good old Panda got there!

    As long as you're under 5'10, the Panda is a pretty comfortable ride.
    "As with all things, some days you're the dinosaur, some days you're the monkey." Sporky
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  • robinbowesrobinbowes Frets: 1798
    I currently have a Volvo XC90 - it's fantastic, with a huge boot area. This is with the 3rd row of seats down and also one of the middle row (not my actual car):



    I can get a full PA system in it (HK Audio Power Pack - 2 subs + 2 tops + 2 wedges, mixer + remote stage box, mics, cables, etc).

    Sadly, I can't get the PA *and* my guitar gear in so I'm looking for a VW Transporter of some description and selling the Volvo.

    R.
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  • pintspillerpintspiller Frets: 525
    It's the lip I always found annoying when moving gear. Only had two cars with none and they were fantastic in that respect.

    Everyday driving is generally me going to work, or with wifey for groceries or a spin. Sometimes lifting grandchildren. So no real need for a 7-seater. Five door is nice, as its easier to slide the bass behind the front seats.
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  • robinbowesrobinbowes Frets: 1798
    edited June 14
    It seems the previous picture I shared is a later (2017) model than mine (2012).

    The earlier models have a fold-down lip like this:


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  • BeexterBeexter Frets: 302
    edited June 14
    I'm stunned by what I can fit into my 2013 Honda Civic.
    2 x 12" powered speakers 
    2 x 10" powered speakers
    15" powered sub
    Mixing desk and 2 unit graphic EQ + outboard reverb all in rack case
    2 guitars in hard case
    Lighting t - bar plus lights 
    3 x led par cans
    2 x Mic stands
    All cables
    AX8 + DXR10 speaker for monitoring
    Collapsible trolley
    Dual guitar stand.

    Basically all my guitar stuff plus band pa and lights.
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  • revsorgrevsorg Frets: 381
    Slightly tangential but the Volvo XC90 is the safest car in Britain with no road deaths in 16 years.
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  • MajorscaleMajorscale Frets: 615
    edited June 14
    revsorg said:
    Slightly tangential but the Volvo XC90 is the safest car in Britain with no road deaths in 16 years.
    I bet it’s caused a fair few for people on the outside though! Its the size and weight of a lorry after all!
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  • Moe_ZambeekMoe_Zambeek Frets: 2311
    I use whatever is smallest in the household fleet - currently a Renault Grand Modus - because parking at venues is usually a disaster. I don’t have to carry a PA usually though!


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  • robinbowesrobinbowes Frets: 1798
    edited June 14
    revsorg said:
    Slightly tangential but the Volvo XC90 is the safest car in Britain with no road deaths in 16 years.
    I bet it’s caused a fair few for people on the outside though! Its the size and weight of a lorry after all!
    This is an XC70 rather than XC90: (edit: found it on youtube)


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  • drwiddlydrwiddly Frets: 327
    Beexter said:
    I'm stunned by what I can fit into my 2013 Honda Civic.
    2 x 12" powered speakers 
    2 x 10" powered speakers
    15" powered sub
    Mixing desk and 2 unit graphic EQ + outboard reverb all in rack case
    2 guitars in hard case
    Lighting t - bar plus lights 
    3 x led par cans
    2 x Mic stands
    All cables
    AX8 + DXR10 speaker for monitoring
    Collapsible trolley
    Dual guitar stand.

    Basically all my guitar stuff plus band pa and lights.
    +1 on the Civic. My old diesel Civic holds loads of gear - basically all my guitar rig, including two 2x12 cabs, four unit rack case, Midi board, two guitars, cables, etc. Also a dxr10, 16 channel mixer, two large lighting stands, guitar stand, etc.
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  • JayGeeJayGee Frets: 453
    drwiddly said:
    Beexter said:
    I'm stunned by what I can fit into my 2013 Honda Civic.
    2 x 12" powered speakers 
    2 x 10" powered speakers
    15" powered sub
    Mixing desk and 2 unit graphic EQ + outboard reverb all in rack case
    2 guitars in hard case
    Lighting t - bar plus lights 
    3 x led par cans
    2 x Mic stands
    All cables
    AX8 + DXR10 speaker for monitoring
    Collapsible trolley
    Dual guitar stand.

    Basically all my guitar stuff plus band pa and lights.
    +1 on the Civic. My old diesel Civic holds loads of gear - basically all my guitar rig, including two 2x12 cabs, four unit rack case, Midi board, two guitars, cables, etc. Also a dxr10, 16 channel mixer, two large lighting stands, guitar stand, etc.
    You should have seen what I used to I get into a Nissan K11 Micra with the seats down... :-)


    Don't ask me, I just play the damned thing...
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