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Old 12-01-2015, 12:39 AM   #15
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For the money and room, I would get the Ram 1500 Eco Diesel, 8 speed trans, Crew cab, short 5ft 7 bed. It has more room and will tow better than the SUV's. Cost is about the same and the Laramie package is like a BMW inside. Tow mirrors will make towing easy.
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Old 12-01-2015, 09:08 PM   #16
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Get an Audi Q7 instead. Even used it's a much nicer vehicle and much more refined and fun to drive. Gas or diesel.
Ditto for the VW Touareg.

Better towing capacity, too.
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Old 12-02-2015, 08:12 AM   #17
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I would say get the Durango with the Hemi. Wife had a 2011 Durango Citadel when it first came out and loved it. Especially the fact that the rear cargo area (plus 3rd row seating) made it very convenient when going on long trips. Could tow around 7000lbs if I recall and got reasonable mpgs. The real selling factor is the extra space that you'll definitely appreciate when traveling..
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Old 12-02-2015, 08:33 AM   #18
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I have a 2015 Durango R/T AWD with the Hemi and here are my stats.

Base Curb Weight: 5331lbs
Payload: 1340lbs
GVWR: 7100lbs
Tow capacity: 7200lbs
GCVWR: 13,100lbs

Only two improvements would be larger fuel tank and tow mirrors.
Excellent points, especially the tow mirrors. They should be mandatory on vehicles towing anything that restricts visibility to the sides and rear.
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Sorry did not respond sooner. The 5000lb TT is the GVWR of the TT.
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Old 12-04-2015, 01:29 AM   #20
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Get an Audi Q7 instead. Even used it's a much nicer vehicle and much more refined and fun to drive. Gas or diesel.
Ditto for the VW Touareg.

Better towing capacity, too.
But what does the Audi Q7 or VW Touareg cost? A small fortune. Ever try to sell one on the used market? And try to get service and you'll be in trouble unless you live in a large city--few dealers to service you. And I don't want anything to do with an Audi/VW diesel engine as who knows when a governmental mandated recall will take away what performance they have.

The Durango is also a dog on the used truck market--slow selling and low prices used. (Sorry folks, but it's the truth.)

The Grand Cherokee diesel would be a high demand vehicle, and the engine is actually priced right. The Ram 1500 with the diesel is another vehicle that would be in high demand with the diesel powerplant, as the MPG is in a class of its own.
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Actually any gas vehicle will have a deplorable resale/trade-in value unless it has no miles on it. When I traded in my 2011 F250 Lariat with 25,400 miles two months ago, the Ford dealership gave me $44,000 for it ($10k less than what I paid for it new). Plus $10k off of my new truck. All because of the low mileage.
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But what does the Audi Q7 or VW Touareg cost? A small fortune. Ever try to sell one on the used market? And try to get service and you'll be in trouble unless you live in a large city--few dealers to service you. And I don't want anything to do with an Audi/VW diesel engine as who knows when a governmental mandated recall will take away what performance they have.
You need to educate yourself before you start posting.
None of the recall nonsense affects the Touareg or Q7... it's only the little 2.0L 4 cylinder TDI.

Small fortune?? Nonsense! You can buy a good, used Touareg for the same price as Grand Cherokee and have a much nicer vehicle with more towing capacity.

As far as dealer networks, not sure how things are in Bama land, but VW dealers are everywhere that other dealers are in suburbia. The new VW plant is in Chattanooga.

You do bring up a great point in that the recent, unrelated emissions hoopla has made these cars a particularly good deal if you are in the market for a new one.
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As far as recalls, let's all talk about the number of transmission failures FCA (that's Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) is dealing with right now.
Personally, a transmission failure is a bit more concerning than EPA emissions while towing.
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For the money and room, I would get the Ram 1500 Eco Diesel, 8 speed trans, Crew cab, short 5ft 7 bed. It has more room and will tow better than the SUV's. Cost is about the same and the Laramie package is like a BMW inside. Tow mirrors will make towing easy.
At the recent car show I checked 1500 Eco Diesel. I looked good, until I checked the door sticker. The payload capacity was staggering 860 lb OR SO!!!!
Just 4 persons of my size inside will get the thing overloaded, without any trailer attached. What towing capacity? Shame to Chrysler!
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[QUOTE=Bamaman;2849036]But what does the Audi Q7 or VW Touareg cost? A small fortune. Ever try to sell one on the used market? And try to get service and you'll be in trouble unless you live in a large city--few dealers to service you. And I don't want anything to do with an Audi/VW diesel engine as who knows when a governmental mandated recall will take away what performance they have.

The Durango is also a dog on the used truck market--slow selling and low prices used. (Sorry folks, but it's the truth.)

Yes, German SUVs are not cheap, but everything should be looked in the context. My TV rang $50k when new, it was the end of production run. Today, we can see well equipped pickups above $50k in 1500 class, 2500-3500 class go for $60-65k and more. New Escalades push $90k and even formerly no-frills Suburbans and Tahoes are within 70-80k range.
What even more important, if having a capable SUV prevents me from buying a third vehicle, saving is very substantial, immediately and in the long run. Reasonably equipped MB, Audi or VW will be actually a bargain in this setting.
Of course, its possible to buy a used work truck, but I don't think it would be enjoyed by me or my family.
Old Durangos were quite horrible, but current generation should not depreciate faster than anything else
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