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Old 10-20-2012, 02:27 PM   #1
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Cheap Dinghy

What would be the best cheap dinghy to buy that you can tow four down? Have an older MH and wouldn't two that often. The obvious choice is probably a Saturn, but wondered if there are others out there that I should look at. Looking to stay under $3000.
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Old 10-20-2012, 02:31 PM   #2
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Lots of older 4X4 Jeep Cherokees for around $3,000, most will go 200,000 mi. with regular oil changes.
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Watch Craigslist for a toad already complete with towbar and such.

I recently saw a Kia small SUV decked out for towing asking $3500 with low miles and appeared to be in good condition.
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Lots of older 4X4 Jeep Cherokees for around $3,000, most will go 200,000 mi. with regular oil changes.
X2 for sure, in mountain/snowy areas you may have to go a bit older as they hold their value very well around here but they're great toads. All the ease of towing and capability of the Wrangler with more room.
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I'd think an older Suzuki Sidekick or similar small 4X4 would be a good choice unless you need to carry more than two adults.
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I vote Jeep! A nice 4.0 6cyl will serve you well. Why people buy anything other than a Jeep to tow is beyond me, considering there is a jeep to fit every budget, and they're near bulletproof.

Take care of them, and they'll last forever. It's good to keep one or two around as toys. Cheaper than ATVs haha

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300k miles...and the guy that now owns it drives it every day.
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The biggest reason I got rid of the Jeep Wrangler (2003) we had was the horrible fuel mileage! 14 mpg if we were lucky and with the short wheelbase, it would jerk a kink in your neck over about every bump. With an inner ear problem, would make me dizzy in short order.

Went to a longer wheelbase pickup and all is well again.

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^ true, but new Wranglers have fixed all that. They're as smooth and quiet as Camry, and get 21+ MPG! Really, the older Wranglers and the newer ones share NOTHING in common besides capability and being tough. The older ones turned some ppl away for being rough, but the new ones are worth a test drive.

You need not worry about a very rough ride with Cherokee and especially Gr. Cherokees, they're smooth enough for daily duties though, no worries. And underneath, they're just as tough as a Wrangler.
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Dumped our Jeep Grand Cherokee after TONS of engine issues. We're way above $3K with our 2010 GMC Acadia - just wanted to toss in this bit of info.
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Reliable toad would be an older Honda Civic with a manual trans. Some Honda automatics are also approved for 4 down - it varies with year and model. MPGs in the thirties & lighter than most other options.
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Why people buy anything other than a Jeep to tow is beyond me, considering there is a jeep to fit every budget, and they're near bulletproof.
Because a Honda CR-V is more comfortable and will last just as long and be more reliable. Ex Jeep owner here BTW, just haven't bought the CR-V yet.
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Our CR-V tows great and 31 mpg on the highway.
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P.S: for $3k I'm talking about old Jeeps here ppl. Introduce me to anyone that's had non-stop issues with a 4.0 inline 6 (a legendary engine, praised by countless auto journalists for being tough/simple)....and I'll buy them a new SUV of their choice. Newer Grand Cherokees, Liberties are just a mess of electronics waiting to die mind you. They share the name, but shouldn't.

GMC Acadias are gorgeous, but I doubt they're $3k.... Not yet at least.
I've had every SUV imaginable...Rav4, MDX, CRV etc (which are actually car-based). Great fuel econo, smooth ride, but not a true SUV, and not supposed to be frankly. All depends on what you want. There's countless jeep clubs all over the world, and there's not too many things you can drive though a river and they still won't die. I'm not making this stuff up haha

Saturn bodies don't rust, and an Ion can be had for $3k, so maybe that's the way to go??
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We have been on a quest for an affordable Jeep Wrangler, 5 grand or so..
Seems we can't afford anything that falls in our budget. There's always something, if it's not a new top and seat covers, it's tires, glass, rust or paint. The list can go on. Then,of course you have to find one with a clear or non-salvage title. On top of that, in California the older 4.2 straight 6's are getting harder and harder to pass smog. I'm not even mentioning mileage. But if you're looking for a new hobby it's not such a problem. And this doesn't even take into account getting one ready to tow. If 3,000 is the budget, a dolly maybe the answer, tow what you got, if you can...
This doesn't mean I've stopped looking.
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