We've been towing the '03 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab with the Vectra. Those two units wll remain in the inventory.
However - a 4500# truck is just a wee bit heavier than the View is happy with. As my health seems to continue to deteriorate, options change. I had been looking for something that would work.
Automatic transmission and AWD, with at least some rudimentatry off-road capability;
Towable 4-down with no modifications;
As light as possible - max weight 3500#;
Reasonable amenities, and decent gas mileage;
Reasonably inexpensive (under $25K, new).
All the conventional stuff failed on one requirement or another, especially after the base Wrangler got so heavy. I was researching, yet again, last night when I stumbled on Ford's new '09 "Towing Guide" (on the Ford website - you have to dig for it, though). Seems that all their '09 stuff with the "Intelli-Drive AWD" system is now 4-down towable.
So, today, we visited my next-to-next-door neighbor - who happens to own a Ford Dealership. We ordered an '09 Ford Escape XLT AWD, 4-cylinder. It should be here about 1/10/09. Interestingly enough, the '09 Escapes have a revised suspension and both engines have substantially more power than last year.
Norm & Janet
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