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Looking for a specific vehicle for towing/commuting - March 4, 2017, 10:11 AM

So I'm looking at something that can double up as an everything car:

- Must be able to commute to some degree (so an eye on MPG is important)
- Capable of towing a trailer with a car on it
- Reliable
- Cheap to buy (budget of about $3500 OR LESS)

So far the only vehicle I've found that kinda fits that bill would be a Land Rover Discovery, although MPG is horrible and the self levelling suspension can be a bitch

Other possible vehicles to consider are an Isuzu Trooper, Ford Expedition, Ford Explorer.

Am I missing some obvious choice?


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March 4, 2017, 10:19 AM

https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/...027625471.html

Edit: Probably can't tow a car though


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March 4, 2017, 10:38 AM

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Edit: Probably can't tow a car though
yeah no... It would go backwards...


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March 4, 2017, 10:38 AM

A good choice if you only wanted to tow a bike with it. A 96 RAV4 will only tow 1500 lbs.

I think anything you find that will tow 5000 lbs or so will suck at the MPGs.

This would fit the bill:
https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/...017518825.html

Not the most reliable vehicle, but some people love them. I drove my mother's 96 and 04 Cherokees and they were comfortable.
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March 4, 2017, 11:38 AM

Dodge RAM 1500 with the eco diesel gets 24mpg according to the interwebs.

Towing a car and good MPG are usually not in the same sentence. How often do you tow a car?

Also, that Rav 4 could probably pull a car if you used a dolly with brakes. I mean it isn't going to pull an full trailered car. But a regular car shouldn't be an issue.

The key would be finding a dolly with brakes.


EDIT. Just saw your budget. Good luck.


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So I'm looking at something that can double up as an everything car:

- Must be able to commute to some degree (so an eye on MPG is important)
- Capable of towing a trailer with a car on it
- Reliable
- Cheap to buy (budget of about $3500 OR LESS)

So far the only vehicle I've found that kinda fits that bill would be a Land Rover Discovery, although MPG is horrible and the self levelling suspension can be a bitch

Other possible vehicles to consider are an Isuzu Trooper, Ford Expedition, Ford Explorer.

Am I missing some obvious choice?
I'd stay away from the Land Rovers unless you want to be chasing leaks and electrical gremlins all the time.

A cheap 1/4 truck might be your best bet. If you can find a manual transmission one even better. But in your price range that might be tough.


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I think a Mountaineer or 2003> Ford ExploDer fits the bill nicely


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My old Tacoma was indestructible ...

4 cyl can tow 3500lbs ...you didn't mention weight of car. A small to medium car and light dolly would be near max.

Gas mileage driving like a granny with a suspended license could squeak 35 mpg on hwy going 55. Usually upper 20s city. Low 30s highway wasn't hard but who can resist the occasional double downshift to 3rd and tap out to the rev limiter in 90?

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I bought the 98 Tacoma in 2005 for $3900 with 58K on it.

Sold it when I couldn't drive stick for a while in 2015 for $3000 ... and that was with 227K.


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March 4, 2017, 02:18 PM

Interesting, it might do the trick, I'll look into that too


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March 4, 2017, 02:47 PM

Maybe a pickup is the answer, but the tacoma is a little on the light side. Unfortunately all decent F150 are snatched up by people using and abusing them for work so finding a good one is hard


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March 4, 2017, 03:28 PM

Any vehicle you buy for $3500 or less is going to need work, so plan on that.

I bought a 97 Chevy Suburban K1500 4wd with 114k miles for $1500. Needed new tires, brakes, replaced all fluids, had coolant leak repaired, replaced hoses, and other smaller items. It's cheap to insure, and taxes are nil. It can tow, and can carry up to 8, and has a 44 gallon gas tank for decent range, even when towing. It gets usually around 15-16 mpg.

Considering all costs, its pretty cheap to run. Finding a family owned Suburban/ Tahoe in reasonable shape is usually not too difficult, I usually look for one that has not been used for heavy towing.
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Oh I'm well aware, I work in the auto industry


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A car with a diesel motor would be ideal. I know there are plenty of older diesel Mercedes on the market.

Alternatively here's a general search:

https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/...max_price=5000


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A car with a diesel motor would be ideal. I know there are plenty of older diesel Mercedes on the market.

Alternatively here's a general search:

https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/...max_price=5000
A car, regardless of engine type, will not be suited for towing another car. I am looking at trucks and pickups that can tow no less than 5000 pounds. I found a clean base 04 ExploDer with low mileage that I'll go check out tomm. It can tow up to 7500 pounds so I should be good


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