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Old 07-12-2015, 09:11 AM   #15
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Assuming that you are looking for an SUV type vehicle - give some good consideration to the 2015 Chevy Equinox or its twin - the GMC Terrain. GM dealers have some really great year end sales on these. Depending on your taste and budget, the MSRP will range from low $20's to low $30's before you do any negotiating on price and trade in. However, nearly all of them out there are GM's 4cyl engine. Great mileage but you may want to test drive the 6 cyl ($1,500 option) version for comparison before final purchase. Both come with 100K drivetrain warranties.
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Ford Edge, great toad.
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Old 07-12-2015, 10:16 AM   #17
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We had a Ford Edge - great car. Just depends on what size vehicle you want and how much you want to spend.
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I just got the wife a jeep GC, How big of an rv engine will i needto tow this safely through the mountains
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Pulling a toad in the mountains

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I just got the wife a jeep GC, How big of an rv engine will i needto tow this safely through the mountains
That is just too general a question. Depends on whether you have a gas or diesel coach and what mountains you are talking about. If it is diesel and only 300 or 340 hp, you may have some issues - but it probably won't be major. If you have a gas engine (most likely the Ford V-10) then you will probably experience problems on bigger mountains. Not that you can't go over them, just you will likely lose a lot of speed and power as you go up them.
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If you are looking for a SUV. Give a look at a Chevy Captiva. Same drive train as a Equinox. About 6" shorter. Captiva is a rebadged 2008-10 Saturn Vue. Great car and about $5k cheaper than a Equinox. GM sold the Captiva to the Fleet market to help keep price of used Equinox high.
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If you are looking for a SUV. Give a look at a Chevy Captiva. Same drive train as a Equinox. About 6" shorter. Captiva is a rebadged 2008-10 Saturn Vue. Great car and about $5k cheaper than a Equinox. GM sold the Captiva to the Fleet market to help keep price of used Equinox high.
Just depends on how nice of a vehicle that you want. If you are looking for cheap transportation without a lot of frills - the Captiva might work for you. But a drive in one, especially with its standard 4cyl engine, may get you looking for something else.
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Just depends on how nice of a vehicle that you want. If you are looking for cheap transportation without a lot of frills - the Captiva might work for you. But a drive in one, especially with its standard 4cyl engine, may get you looking for something else.
Thanks. I'd like to rent for a weekend whatever we think we want before we buy. Yesterday I checked the Chevy Equinox and it weighs almost 5000 pounds without the plate, etc. UGH!
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Thanks. I'd like to rent for a weekend whatever we think we want before we buy. Yesterday I checked the Chevy Equinox and it weighs almost 5000 pounds without the plate, etc. UGH!
Equinox's should weigh around 3,800 pounds. The larger Traverse weighs in close to 5,000.
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3800 pounds is much better than 5000! Just goes to show you everything you read on the internet is not true! I questioned that weight myself. Now that the weight is right, we will check out the Equinox. Thanks!
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3800 pounds is much better than 5000! Just goes to show you everything you read on the internet is not true! I questioned that weight myself. Now that the weight is right, we will check out the Equinox. Thanks!
Base Plates (the hidden type) are available for the 2015 Equinox. If you get a chance - drive the 6 cyl version of the Equinox. They are sometimes hard to find but after driving both versions, you may find that the $1,500 option is worth it. Just depends on what your needs and preferences are. The Equinox is Chevy's #2 seller (behind the Pick-up Truck) so you may have to haggle a bit for a decent price. Also, a little know fact is that a dealers internet sales depts. generally operate differently than "floor" sales. That CAN significantly affect the price you pay.
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My DH has a Tahoe now with about 300,000 miles and no major repairs! So an Equinox would be a serious contender. We'll go check one out soon and hope the dog crates fit. I see a lot of them on the road but had no idea it was the #2 seller. Wow.
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It really doesn't matter where its made. Its your money, and it sounds like you are already leaning towards the jeep. We try to be as environmentally conscious as possible. We bought a ford focus that knocks down 33mpg every week.
Yes I know, I'm a environmentally conscious hypocritical. I drive a diesel pusher that gets 9-10 mpg, but I hoped I'd make up for it with a small car.
What you really should do is see what you can afford. Buy the car you like the most in your budget. There seems to be many choices in that Dingy guide. Look at the MOTORHOME MAGAZINE towing guide. Lots of good choices in there.
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We bought a 2015 Jeep Wrangler automatic which can be towed 4 down. The dealer walked us through the process of putting the transfer case in neutral. We tow it with a Blue Ox Avail tow bar. No issues. We love Jeeps anyway so it was an easy decision for us. Hubby drives it to work when we aren't traveling. Best choice for us..
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