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  • menamestommenamestom Frets: 2185


    Because I'm usually running late, Focus ST Estate is on my wish list.  Or a Seat Leon Cupra Estate.

    Or, if I'm gigging in winter in the hills, perhaps a Golf R Estate.

    Currently I get a PA, 2 guitars, desk, amp, pedalboard, mic stands etc in to a 2004 Astra hatch.

    This car has one big advantage - I don't care about it.  I can leave it anywhere, it can get banged or scratched, nobody wants to steal it.  It is also reliable so won't upgrade until it dies.

    Then whatever I get, I'll have to load myself, because my clumsy mate wont be allowed near it (or even in it potentially.....)

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  • mudslide73mudslide73 Frets: 1623
    I am very lucky because our band has a VW Transporter, Transit Connect, Nissan ElGrand and a BMW x5 in the fleet. I can get away with a normal Golf. It all fits in the boot.

    I used to get PA, guitar and bass rigs in a Saxo.. it's just a longer Tetris style load up really. 
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  • HHwarnerHHwarner Frets: 58
    I use an old T30 Nissan X Trail. The second one Iv had. I can get 2 half stacks, 3 heads, 4 guitars and all the other paraphernalia 2 guitarists would ever need. 
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  • crunchmancrunchman Frets: 3502

    I'd go MPV rather than estate.  They are shorter and a lot easier to park.

    Even if you don't need 7 seats, the petrol version of the Verso is pretty good.  We've had our current one for nearly four years, and apart from routine servicing and MOT, the only thing we've had to spend money on is tyres, and maybe a lightbulb.

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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 31160
    edited June 15
    crunchman said:

    I'd go MPV rather than estate.  They are shorter and a lot easier to park.
    Not only a little shorter, but also quite a lot higher and usually have a shorter bonnet too, so not only are they easier to park (also partly helped by the higher driving position) but they're considerably bigger inside. Unless you're carrying an 8x10" bass cab the length isn't as useful as the height for packing in a lot of gear.

    I really wouldn't drive any other type of car until I'm done with moving things about like this.
    "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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  • HAL9000HAL9000 Frets: 3828
    Cars for gigging - Mustang...
    It might look like I'm listening to you, but in my head I'm playing my guitar.
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13598
    JayGee said:
    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... :-)


    Was her name Betty and was she from the local estate?
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  • StageStruckStageStruck Frets: 76
    I traded my clapped out Astra in for a very well used, but still serviceable 6 seat Transit crew van. Great investment. Doesn't cost much more to run than my car in all fairness. I consider it as a very large car that I just happen to be able to get a band plus equipment in. It's been a sound investment considering that we'd be shelling out upwards of £70 for a van rental every gig. 
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  • BlackjackBlackjack Frets: 132
    We run a Volvo V70 and a Citroen Xsara Picasso and the Citroen would be a perfect giggling car.  Rear seats come out really easily and it then becomes a smallish van! Moved a large two seater sofa in it last week and got the tailgate closed. Loads of height in the back which is great! The V70 is good too but not so much height. 
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  • p90foolp90fool Frets: 7995
    ICBM said:
    crunchman said:

    I'd go MPV rather than estate.  They are shorter and a lot easier to park.
    Not only a little shorter, but also quite a lot higher and usually have a shorter bonnet too, so not only are they easier to park (also partly helped by the higher driving position) but they're considerably bigger inside. Unless you're carrying an 8x10" bass cab the length isn't as useful as the height for packing in a lot of gear.
    I have all my guitar gear, the drums and the PA and a passenger in my Volvo and it's rammed to the ceiling. I would hate to go higher and shorter, I'm already paranoid enough about having an accident. 

    I was hit head on by a car spinning onto my side of the road about eight years ago - we both walked away but I'd be dead if I'd had the band gear with me. 

    We gig all winter in the hills of mid Wales and I know we wouldn't survive even a 50mph slide into a ditch on black ice with all that gear above and behind us - it's crazy really. 


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  • abw1989abw1989 Frets: 25
    Being a Tetris pro really helps. I manage to some how get 2 guitars in hardcases, a 2x12 cab, amp, pedal board in case and an amp stand into an R56 Mini with the rear seats down.

    That aside, look for something which when the back seats go down gives a flat load space. In some cars the boot pan sits lower than the rear seats so you are left with a step when you put them down. I have this issue in my Mini, and although I get everything in, it would be much easier if it were flat.
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  • ESBlondeESBlonde Frets: 2262
    p90fool said:
    ICBM said:
    crunchman said:

    I'd go MPV rather than estate.  They are shorter and a lot easier to park.
    Not only a little shorter, but also quite a lot higher and usually have a shorter bonnet too, so not only are they easier to park (also partly helped by the higher driving position) but they're considerably bigger inside. Unless you're carrying an 8x10" bass cab the length isn't as useful as the height for packing in a lot of gear.
    I have all my guitar gear, the drums and the PA and a passenger in my Volvo and it's rammed to the ceiling. I would hate to go higher and shorter, I'm already paranoid enough about having an accident. 

    I was hit head on by a car spinning onto my side of the road about eight years ago - we both walked away but I'd be dead if I'd had the band gear with me. 

    We gig all winter in the hills of mid Wales and I know we wouldn't survive even a 50mph slide into a ditch on black ice with all that gear above and behind us - it's crazy really. 


    Have you thought about one of those 'dog guard' frames just behind the front seats? It might reduce the threat a little if the headrests held back the loose stuff on top.
    I have the image in my head of my young brother rolling his vauxhall viva estate many years ago. The heavy bottle jack passed his head and exited the windscreen! Please don't try this at home.
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  • NikcNikc Frets: 76
    buy a van ;)
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  • John_AJohn_A Frets: 1261
    Just sold my RAV4 it was great for carrying gear. Replaced it with a freelander  2 which is bigger still but quite a bit less economical 
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  • richardhomerrichardhomer Frets: 18147
    edited June 26
    Lamborghini Aventador - my ‘people’ move my gear.... 
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  • ash96ash96 Frets: 52
    I had a Kia Carens for a while and it was great. Estate, but higher up so felt like halfway between one and an MPV.
    I managed to fit nearly a full PA (with 2 subs) and full guitar and bass stuff. It was an absolute Tank as well. Super reliable.
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  • gubblegubble Frets: 1016
    Back in the day we used to fit 3 people 4 guitars two marshall combos and a bass combo into an MG Metro - no idea how we did that.

    My most recent cars have been a BMW 3 Series Compact & a Merc C Class Coupe - so space has been a premium however i have still fitted a flightcased HRD, 2 guitars, full pa and another flightcase of bits in it.

    Was recently given (a temporary) company car which is a Skoda Rapide so enjoying the massive boot. However i'm soon to receive an Audi A3 Etron - am a bit worried about how much boot space the batteries take up and what i'll be able to fit in there
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  • JD50JD50 Frets: 245
    Honda CRV
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