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  Kayak hauler
  Posted by: joebhamilton on Oct-08-12 2:29 PM (EST)

I owned a Volvo V 70 wagon (non turbo) and hauled my kayak up to my girlfriends almost every weekend for a few years
It was a great kayak hauler and could cruise at 80 with one or two kayaks on top. It got about 27 mph with no kayak and around 24 mph at 75 with one on top
I now have A 2010 VW Jetta TDi diesel wagon which has a similar Eurorail rack set up
I get a actual 42 mpg driving 100 miles a day to work with no kayak
I got ( measured by filling tank and countin gallons used) an actual 37 mpg when we took my 20 ft tandem on the roof from Daytona Beach to Key West and back with some excursions in between
The computer mpg gage runs a few mpg high
I like my Jetta TDI wagon but I don't get any where near 50 mpg with it for high speed highway driving and certainly not with a kayak on top.
The Volvo V70 wagon was was mor comfortable on long trips and probably better built but Volvo stopped offering them in non turbo versions and now doesn't seem to offer a v70 size wagon at all

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