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Old 10-04-2008, 06:56 AM   #29
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My requirements are that the toad be:
Flat towable, 4 down, with no modifications / dealer add-ons.
It must be a swiss army knife - i.e. capable of serving anything I throw at it.
Automatic, only - my DW is manual transmission challenged, terminally.

We determined early on that there is no universal perfect vehicle. Everything is a compromise. In our case, we were willing to sacrifice weight ane fuel economy, to a certain extent, to get all the rest.

Solution: 2003 (when we bought it new) Dakota Quad Cab 4x4 automatic. It will haul 5 in comfort down the interstate. Will haul lumber, refrigerators, 4-wheelers, etc. It will also do a creditable job of off-roading - as long as you're not insane and trying to do the Rubicon. It certainly will get you through anything you have any reason to traverse. A bonus is thatnit has enough grunt to extract the MH, in light emergency situations.

It tows like a dream, and is a piece of cake to set up (we're using an Aventa LX and US brake setup).

With a custom alignment, it not only handles well but has made over 85K combined miles on the OEM tires. It gets 15-18 MPG in normal usage, and doubles as my DD at home.

Downsides: empty weight - as towed, 4460#, Mid-teens gas mileage. (If the DC deal hadn't fallen apart and they'd put the MB V6 diesel out of the Sprinter in one, I'd be first in line, with cash!!)

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Old 10-05-2008, 06:13 AM   #30
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Another vote for the Chevy HHR.

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Old 10-05-2008, 07:10 AM   #31
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Old 10-05-2008, 08:17 AM   #32
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I'll politely refrain from all the BL jokes . . .
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Old 10-06-2008, 04:41 AM   #33
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Jeep Liberty here. 45,000 miles on the odometer, 66,000 miles towing. Easy hook-up, goes anywhere, seats 5 and never had a problem.
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Old 10-06-2008, 05:14 PM   #34
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How 'bout an LX470? Can hook up in under 3 minutes, no modifications for towing, four wheel drive to go over 12,000 ft. jeep trails, gets up to 18 mpg and burns more fuel than the MH.

The most comfortable ride of any car mentioned in this thread. And only 5500#, so I can hardly tell it's back there.
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Old 10-06-2008, 06:17 PM   #35
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I agree with slabman. We have an 02 lexus LX470 with 92K on the clock plus 30K towing. Its a no brainer hookup. Trans in park, transfer case in neutral, key in off position and away we go!!! And when we get where we are going all the tow parts come off. Then we have a really fine car to drive
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Old 10-10-2008, 03:18 PM   #36
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by GoneFishin:
We love our 2008 Honda CR-V for many reasons. Number one in safety, gets 30 mpg on highway, automatic, lots of cargo space, ~3400 pounds, very easy to hook up (nothing extra to do), comfortable to drive, seats 5, holds it's value, and very stylish! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

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Started out with a 2006 now have the 2008 Saturn Vue. Easy to hook and go. Love em both.
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I have a Suzuki Sidekick that I bought to tow since I was told that my 1995 Explorer 4X4 could not be towed 4 down without extensive modification. If the Suzuki is not close enough I can just pull it with one hand. It takes me about 15 minutes to hook up but I have to move from side to side to connect the tow bar, safety cables, and then the lights.
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Old 10-12-2008, 03:32 AM   #39
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tough to beat the '05 Honda Element. Easy hook up, tons of interior room and it is very forgiving on all of the gaffs you can do when you get distracted
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New Toad here .... I vote for the 2008 Saturn Vue XE. Using the SMI DUO
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Our 2000 Saturn SW2 it is easy to hook-up, it is very light (about 2400lbs), gets 36mpg, and it follows the RV very nicely. I always leave the backup camera on when towing .... to make sure it is still there !!!!!

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