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3rd vehicle - Will 195 FIS GS skis fit inside a ford Fiesta HB?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

We are looking for a third car that will primarily be used by our son. I would like it to be as small as practical for economy sake, but still needs to be able to fit 1-2 pairs of 195 GS skis. I am not going to drop extra on a rack + box big enough.

 

There are quite a few Ford Fiesta hatches around here in the price point and low mileage and wanted to know before actually going out if the skis will reasonably fit inside. A Mazda2 is another option about the same size,

 

Other bigger options, but also more $$ are Ford Focus or Mazda 3.

post #2 of 19

Any car will carry skis of pretty much any length if you recline the passenger seat and lay them on there. Course that means you can only bring one passenger, and he/she needs to sit behind the driver. And it's also not safe to have skis rattling around inside your car, but that's another story. 

post #3 of 19

In that class I'd go with the Honda FIT for performance and reliability.  It's been on Car and Driver's 10 best a bunch of times, and I'm a huge honda fan after owning some amazingly reliable vehicles.

 

I'll second that I wouldn't want skis inside my kid's car for safety reasons.   I'd be looking for a cheap rooftop solution on craigslist.

post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 

Unfortunately Fits don't "fit" the mileage/price point I am looking at.

 

As far as skis inside the car, it will be used to get to and from training days/evenings so at most once or twice a week for a 1/2 drive, it is not meant to be multi-hour road trips so skis inside are OK for me.Finding a suitable box for 195 and 212 skis is pretty hard these days in any event and rarely do they pop up used around here.

post #5 of 19
If you're going for the Honda Fit you want one built after June 2014. Namely the 2015 model.

Previously, they received poor crash ratings in the Front Overlap test for the 2013 model.

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/v/honda/fit-4-door-wagon/2015

But other than that, damn that thing is tiny.
post #6 of 19
Different strokes for different folks, but given the young driver crash rate I put my sons in vehicles with some substantial metal around them when they 1st started driving.
post #7 of 19

ZG, shouldn't be an issue.  In the past in the UK  I have had cars much smaller than the Fiests  (think original 1970s Fiesta size!!!) and always still managed to get skis inside, even when my daily drivers were 207GS.  Just slide them through from the back and let them sit between the front seats.  Put them in a bag if you have one.

 

the current Fiesta is bigger inside than an escort/focus from10 years ago

post #8 of 19

I've had a 190 skis in an Opel Corsa rental car before now so you'd "probably" be ok.  Is there that much difference in price on a Focus?

post #9 of 19
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I've had a 190 skis in an Opel Corsa rental car before now so you'd "probably" be ok.  Is there that much difference in price on a Focus?

 

There seems to be much more availability, and much better deals on Fiestas. I can get a 2011 Fiesta with ~50000 KM for around 8K, same mileage in a Focus is over 11. I'd rather the Focus but I have to stick to a budget.

post #10 of 19

Leave room in the budget for a set of four snow tires. I see no reason why the 195's won't fit in there but just take the pair (or even just one) when you go to look at the car. As far as the rooftop option, a lack and a box, even used will run at least $500 used unless you are just damn lucky and find someone who doesn't know what they have..especially coming into ski season. Again, that money is better spent on good tires if you are on the budget that you say you are. 

post #11 of 19
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Leave room in the budget for a set of four snow tires. I see no reason why the 195's won't fit in there but just take the pair (or even just one) when you go to look at the car. As far as the rooftop option, a lack and a box, even used will run at least $500 used unless you are just damn lucky and find someone who doesn't know what they have..especially coming into ski season. Again, that money is better spent on good tires if you are on the budget that you say you are. 

 

 

100% that snow tires are a given, I just didn't include that detail in my question, but is is a consideration on the vehicle price. I wouldn't own a vehicle to be driven in winter without them.

 

As far a a roof top, it's a maybe but an issue with a box that is big enough to fit FIS GS (195) or SG (212) skis is that it will extend out the back so much that usually it blocks the tailgate of a hatchback, which is my preference. I see that Thule actually has one that size for and MSRP of $519 Cdn. I already have an Thule Atlantis 1600, but it just barely fits 185s.

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100% that snow tires are a given, I just didn't include that detail in my question, but is is a consideration on the vehicle price. I wouldn't own a vehicle to be driven in winter without them.

 

As far a a roof top, it's a maybe but an issue with a box that is big enough to fit FIS GS (195) or SG (212) skis is that it will extend out the back so much that usually it blocks the tailgate of a hatchback, which is my preference. I see that Thule actually has one that size for and MSRP of $519 Cdn. I already have an Thule Atlantis 1600, but it just barely fits 185s.


I hear you on the roof box Stu.  Even on my Q7, with a roof box that I could squeeze a 210DH into, I had it have the box sitting well forward.  In the Fiesta it might be sticking out beyond the hood!!!  Stick em inside, won't be an issue!  In fact you should be able to get 2 pairs of slaloms in the back with the seats folded and then 2 paisr of GS sticking through between the seats.  Where i was referring to my experiences earlier it was with a stick shift, not even an auto.  Still managed to get the then wife and the dog in the front seat/footwell as well, usually with 3 pairs of skis

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100% that snow tires are a given, I just didn't include that detail in my question, but is is a consideration on the vehicle price. I wouldn't own a vehicle to be driven in winter without them.

 

As far a a roof top, it's a maybe but an issue with a box that is big enough to fit FIS GS (195) or SG (212) skis is that it will extend out the back so much that usually it blocks the tailgate of a hatchback, which is my preference. I see that Thule actually has one that size for and MSRP of $519 Cdn. I already have an Thule Atlantis 1600, but it just barely fits 185s.


I hear you on the roof box Stu.  Even on my Q7, with a roof box that I could squeeze a 210DH into, I had it have the box sitting well forward.  In the Fiesta it might be sticking out beyond the hood!!!  Stick em inside, won't be an issue!  In fact you should be able to get 2 pairs of slaloms in the back with the seats folded and then 2 paisr of GS sticking through between the seats.  Where i was referring to my experiences earlier it was with a stick shift, not even an auto.  Still managed to get the then wife and the dog in the front seat/footwell as well, usually with 3 pairs of skis

Can't go without the dog. :cool

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Can't go without the dog. :cool

:D yup!   Back then it was Springer spaniels which would fit into the front footwell.!   Would have been a bit harder for the bBerner to fit there i suspect!   Hence the crewcab F150 now! :)

 

Although the other day I was working on the 997  and he walked across me to sit in the passenger seat....:rolleyes 

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Can't go without the dog. :cool

:D yup!   Back then it was Springer spaniels which would fit into the front footwell.!   Would have been a bit harder for the bBerner to fit there i suspect!   Hence the crewcab F150 now! :)

 

Although the other day I was working on the 997  and he walked across me to sit in the passenger seat....:rolleyes 

Ride? We going for a ride, Dad? Please? Ride? Oh, Please??

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Ride? We going for a ride, Dad? Please? Ride? Oh, Please??


Pretty much!   Gets worse come ski season, as soon as he sees my boots coming out he is sitting at the garage door...:beercheer:

post #17 of 19
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Ride? We going for a ride, Dad? Please? Ride? Oh, Please??

 

Makes one wonder what the then-wife said.

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Ride? We going for a ride, Dad? Please? Ride? Oh, Please??

 

Makes one wonder what the then-wife said.

Obviously... "Pick me or the dog..." 

post #19 of 19

Wrap a pair of the skis up nicely and go car shopping!

 

The Fiesta is a great car for a younger kid.  It drives great/fun without having too much power, which is also an excellent combination for honing a young driver's snow driving skills.

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