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Old 02-01-2015, 05:41 PM   #1
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low cost no hassle toad

I am looking for a 1999 to 2009 SUV to flat tow. Not planning on going more than 1000 miles maybe 4 times a year. There are some Izuzu's available, but can't really tell if they are towable. I just want to hook up and go.


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Old 02-01-2015, 05:53 PM   #2
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Old 02-01-2015, 06:04 PM   #3
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Chevy Tracker 2000 is 4 down towable and lightweight
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I have a Toyota Echo, and it is the best car I have ever owned. I have 130k miles, plus another 60K being towed. I have replaced the battery, tires, spark plugs, etc. It has all of the original belts and hoses. Other than the normal maintenance items, it has never had a repair.

It weighs right around 2000 pounds and tows like it is not there. It is a surprisingly roomy and has a good size trunk. It is a safe car. I hook it to the coach, turn the key one notch, manual trans in neutral, parking brake off, toss the Brake Buddy in and go.

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Old 02-08-2015, 08:13 AM   #6
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2001 Subaru Forester manual. Has room, tows like it isn't there and handles and rides very well.
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Our 2003 Suzuki XL-7 has been a most dependable trouble free vehicle easy to set up & tow.

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Old 02-08-2015, 09:03 AM   #10
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I believe the post was low cost and it is almost impossible to find a low cost jeep product in good condition. Chevrolet Tracker is a very hard vehicle to beat. Quite frankly my son has owned a couple of older Cherokees and my friend has owned a couple. They are constantly being worked on. I have a 98 chevrolet tracker. Currently has 190,000 miles. I replaced the timing belt at 100,000 miles for preventative maintenance. Replaced the distributor cap, plugs, wires at about 150,000 and new tires that is the extent of my repairs. I have several friends that have had trackers and sold them over the years. Every one I have known that has had one and sold it has regretted doing that. I almost never drive mine because I have other cars and just keep it for an extra vehicle. We normally tow our 2012 enclave because it is more comfortable for the DW. I manufactured the vehicle end of my tow bar on my tracker so I can tow it and the few times I have done so it was easily the best thing I have towed. It does not weigh very much is very short. It gets my vote as the best low cost reliable tow vehicle.
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Old 02-08-2015, 09:05 AM   #11
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Some models/years of the Saturn View are "4 down tow-able".
I've towed 2 different Saturn 4 door sedans for a total of nearly 100k miles with N problems.
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Hi Steeler34,
Consider the GMC ENVOY with 4 wheel drive. Blue OX has base plates for the car. Putting the transfer case into neutral is the turn of a switch and run through the gears. The car is very comfortable to ride in and drive. The car is very rugged with heavy duty everything. We have a lot of fun with ours.
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All good choices, for my money, the CRV works.

However, Low Cost and No Hassle are two words that don't quite fit into the RV Vocabulary.

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