Vehicles that a Pinball Machine Fits in

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Vehicles that a Pinball Machine Fits in


By MrSanRamon

6 years ago



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    #901 57 days ago

    I was able to move the Black knight with the head removed and a Tales from the Crypt with the head folded in the back of the 2014 Pilot. BK was sideways in front up against front seats. TFtC pushed in head first up to the BK. BK backbox on right side of TFtC cabinet.

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    #902 41 days ago

    Hey guys,

    My Volkswagen Tiguan, which was always just too short to fit a modern pin with the backbox folded anyway, looks like it's giving up the ghost and I need to pick a new car, my first new one since getting into the pinball hobby. Basically I'm looking for something used/ affordable that:

    *can fit a modern pin, the easier load the better
    *has backup camera, bluetooth, and keyless entry

    Looking at what's available locally, so far I've narrowed things down to the following, which are all roughly the same price/milage:
    *2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring
    *2016 Mazda CX-5 Sport
    *2015 Ford Escape Titanium
    *2014 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS (not sure if this fits a modern pin?)

    Any thoughts, or anything I'm missing?

    #903 39 days ago
    Quoted from westofrome:

    Hey guys,
    My Volkswagen Tiguan, which was always just too short to fit a modern pin with the backbox folded anyway, looks like it's giving up the ghost and I need to pick a new car, my first new one since getting into the pinball hobby. Basically I'm looking for something used/ affordable that:
    *can fit a modern pin, the easier load the better
    *has backup camera, bluetooth, and keyless entry
    Looking at what's available locally, so far I've narrowed things down to the following, which are all roughly the same price/milage:
    *2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring
    *2016 Mazda CX-5 Sport
    *2015 Ford Escape Titanium
    *2014 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS (not sure if this fits a modern pin?)
    Any thoughts, or anything I'm missing?

    RAV4?

    #904 38 days ago

    Test-drove the CX-5 yesterday and it was fun to drive. measured about 31 inches from the lip of the hatch to the top so good there. Nice feature set for a good price in the Touring trim, too. The screen interface was a little clunky and they don't support CarPlay yet, plus you need to spring for the highest trim to get SiriusXM, so that's my only reservation.

    Going to compare price/features/hatch clearance on the 2018 Rav4 and CR-Vs. Anyone with those models care to chime in on the pin-loading experience?

    #905 38 days ago
    Quoted from westofrome:

    Test-drove the CX-5 yesterday and it was fun to drive. measured about 31 inches from the lip of the hatch to the top so good there. Nice feature set for a good price in the Touring trim, too. The screen interface was a little clunky and they don't support CarPlay yet, plus you need to spring for the highest trim to get SiriusXM, so that's my only reservation.
    Going to compare price/features/hatch clearance on the 2018 Rav4 and CR-Vs. Anyone with those models care to chime in on the pin-loading experience?

    Cx5 has a pretty high load if I recall so you really have to lift the game to get it in.

    Crv is really nice for what it is, but beware of the 1.5 l engine for now.

    #906 38 days ago
    Quoted from westofrome:

    Test-drove the CX-5 yesterday and it was fun to drive. measured about 31 inches from the lip of the hatch to the top so good there. Nice feature set for a good price in the Touring trim, too. The screen interface was a little clunky and they don't support CarPlay yet, plus you need to spring for the highest trim to get SiriusXM, so that's my only reservation.
    Going to compare price/features/hatch clearance on the 2018 Rav4 and CR-Vs. Anyone with those models care to chime in on the pin-loading experience?

    If you are going new you may want to wait a few weeks and see a 2019 Rav4 for comparison. The pictures of the 2019 look better inside and out to me than the 2018. I also, believe the bluetooth interface is supposed to be the superior software (Apple or whatever).
    My wife will likely be getting a 2019 Rav4 next year to replace her 2005 Rav4.

    https://www.carsdirect.com/2019/toyota/rav4

    Regarding the CRVs, there was just some news about major engine problems. Also, the Rav4 has been using a timing chain and I believe the CRVs have been using a timing belt which requires replacing at around 100k miles.

    #907 37 days ago
    Quoted from DCFAN:

    Also, the Rav4 has been using a timing chain and I believe the CRVs have been using a timing belt which requires replacing at around 100k miles.

    Incorrect. It's a timing chain.

    Here's more info on the latest gen CR-V potential engine problems:
    https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/honda-cr-v-affected-by-engine-trouble/

    I'm sure I'd feel differently if my CR-V was one of the (few but increasing number of) cars affected, but I have no doubt that Honda will make this all right. Eventually.

    #908 37 days ago
    Quoted from stevevt:

    Incorrect. It's a timing chain.
    Here's more info on the latest gen CR-V potential engine problems:
    https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/honda-cr-v-affected-by-engine-trouble/
    I'm sure I'd feel differently if my CR-V was one of the (few but increasing number of) cars affected, but I have no doubt that Honda will make this all right. Eventually.

    That is good. For some reason Honda is still using timing belts on a lot of their vehicles:

    http://yourcarangel.com/2015/06/honda-timing-belt-timing-chain-list/

    #910 35 days ago
    Quoted from HighProtein:

    What mini vans can fit 2 with ease?

    Any Dodge Grand Caravan or Chrysler Town and Country with the Stow-N-Go seats fits 2, and possibly a third crosswise.

    #911 35 days ago

    2014 CRV has no trouble with WMS, Data East, and modern Sterns. Room to spare and easy loading. The 2.4 CRV engine is time tested reliable, same engine for many years and plenty of acceleration. Timing chain too.

    Had great luck with my 2002 CRV over the years, moved classics, WMS and Stern pins no problem. Didn't try others. Super reliable, put 75k on it over 4 years without a hitch from 100k to 175k. I'm sure it'd have gone another 75k no problem. Just started to show its age cosmetically.

    2007 Nissan Murano will fit a WMS.

    #912 31 days ago

    Bump for RAV4? Does a standard sized modern pinball fit in a RAV4?

    #913 31 days ago
    Quoted from Blitzburgh99:

    Bump for RAV4? Does a standard sized modern pinball fit in a RAV4?

    I know that 2005 to 2015 RAV4's will fit a typical Williams/Bally or recent Stern. I am not 100% sure but am guessing 2016 to 2018 will fit. 2019 RAV4's are redesigned so will have to wait and see on that when they come out.

    http://pinwiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=Vehicles_for_Moving_Pinball_Machines#Toyota

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    #914 24 days ago

    2018 Forester was very tight with a modern Stern. It was just touching the headliner. The bulge in the ceiling from the middle seatbelt and the bump in between the cargo floor and rear seats are the limiters. Only will go in front first. Head first will not work.

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    #915 22 days ago

    Has anyone tried fitting a pin in a Hyundai Kona?

    #916 22 days ago

    Anyone tried a 3rd gen (2014-current) Acura MDX yet?

    #917 22 days ago

    2013 Honda Fit.

    Fit a Stern Spider-Man just BARELY with head folded down. Had to remove wrapped blanket and gently press up headliner in the rear opening to get it to slide in. Once in, room to spare. Was challenging to remove as well, but no damage done to game or car.

    Put a Williams Space Mission in the Fit with plenty of room to spare.

    #918 22 days ago
    Quoted from Grandnational007:

    Anyone tried a 3rd gen (2014-current) Acura MDX yet?

    Not even close to fitting.

    #919 21 days ago
    Quoted from Lermods:

    Not even close to fitting.

    Ugh, I figured I could make use of the wife's mommy-mobile this winter or during rain.

    I hadn't taken a tape measure to it yet to measure (And I'm not humping a machine up from the basement to try test fit it, just for the sake of test fitting, haha), but it looked close.

    #920 21 days ago
    Quoted from Grandnational007:

    Ugh, I figured I could make use of the wife's mommy-mobile this winter or during rain.
    I hadn't taken a tape measure to it yet to measure (And I'm not humping a machine up from the basement to try test fit it, just for the sake of test fitting, haha), but it looked close.

    You need 30-3/4" to clear a stern. I think the mdx was like 28 or 29. The older generation did work.

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    #921 14 days ago
    Quoted from westofrome:

    Hey guys,
    My Volkswagen Tiguan, which was always just too short to fit a modern pin with the backbox folded anyway

    I have a 2018 Tiguan SE. I just picked up a TSPP. I was worried id have to take the head off, but with some persuasion we were able to get it into the car without damaging anything. The trick was to take the "Car Go system" mat that covers the spare tire, and put it upside down and on top of the highest point with the head folded down. It went in with a little force, and after it got past the 2" low spot it was fine. Getting it out was a little harder, but not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I measured about 30" for the clearance, needed just a tad more and it would have been smooth sailing.

    #922 13 days ago

    Anyone tried a Jaguar F Pace?

    #924 10 days ago

    Anyone know about the civic hatchback yet? My fit is failing hard and needs replaced. Would prefer to get a civic since honda apparently thinks the fit can only be bone standard with no nice features...

    #925 10 days ago

    Just rented a Dodge Grand Caravan to pick up a few pins. The doors are just wide enough for one to go in through the side doors after it is wrapped in blankets and shrink wrapped. I heard you can fit three but based on how two looked in there, you would need to be pretty creative to fit a third. There might be enough room to remove the heads, and invert them on top of each other with the heads next tot hem or on their sides inverted with the heads on top of them. I'm glad I didn't have to mess with that.

    #926 8 days ago
    Quoted from Syco54645:

    Anyone know about the civic hatchback yet? My fit is failing hard and needs replaced. Would prefer to get a civic since honda apparently thinks the fit can only be bone standard with no nice features...

    I heard the new fits still fit a pinball machine

    #927 8 days ago

    I am thinking about importing one of these, its a Subaru sambar, the back seats fold flat and has 6ft of cargo space and a huge trunk, 650cc supercharged 4 cylinder and AWD and the engine is in the back
    Its a Japanese Kei van
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    #928 8 days ago
    Quoted from dondon4720:

    I am thinking about importing one of these, its a Subaru sambar, the back seats fold flat and has 6ft of cargo space and a huge trunk, 650cc supercharged 4 cylinder and AWD and the engine is in the back
    Its a Japanese Kei van
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    I was just looking at the same thing yesterday. With an average sale price around $1000 for them at auction, it's hard to not consider one. Although I would probably go with a Nissan Caravan or Toyata Hiace over these.

    #929 8 days ago
    Quoted from dondon4720:

    I heard the new fits still fit a pinball machine

    yes but cant get a fit now with 2 growing boys. as much as it pains me to get out of the fit just need to do this. my next car will probably be a fit but this time i need something a bit larger. from my measurements looks like a civic will fit a pin just fine once the head is removed. nbd there.

    #930 8 days ago
    Quoted from SeymorGoldfarbJr:

    I was just looking at the same thing yesterday. With an average sale price around $1000 for them at auction, it's hard to not consider one. Although I would probably go with a Nissan Caravan or Toyata Hiace over these.

    I was looking at a company called Duncan imports in Virginia, they do all the paperwork for you and inspect be the vehicles they are about 8,000 if you get one through them, I wish Honda would bring back the element

    #931 8 days ago

    if you can find a toyota previa, that's supposedly a great pin hauler.

    #932 7 days ago

    i am going to the dealership on saturday and will take measurements of pins with me. fairly certain a civic will fit a pin just fine without the head attached. hopefully they can find one that i want as my fit is 2 steps from dead...

    #933 7 days ago
    Quoted from dondon4720:

    the vehicles they are about 8,000 if you get one through them

    That's a lot of van or trailer rental fees!

    Robert

    #934 6 days ago
    Quoted from MrSanRamon:

    That's a lot of van or trailer rental fees!
    Robert

    Convenience though. Not having to pik up and drop off a rental each time is nice. Granted, I have a small route, so I may move games more often than most. It's nice to have a pin hauler though.

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