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Old 05-16-2011, 09:51 AM   #1
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Subaru Forester ??

Hello, the next step is looking at a Toad. Here are some of my requirements.

Since we have three dogs I need a vehicle that I can take them in. We hike a lot with them so they go on as many as five car rides a week.

I need a vehicle that gets close to 30 MPG on the hi-way. I travel 90 miles a day to and from work. My current vehicle is a chevy aveo, I get around 30 MPG with that.

Manual transmission. Since I will tow four down behind the motorhome.

I am looking for used, under 50k miles.

What else fits the bill ? I have always tried to buy American but with the bad luck of my last two pick up trucks (05 Dodge Dakota & 08 Ford F-150) I do not know if I want to go there anymore.

Thanks in advance for any recommendations.
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Old 05-16-2011, 10:22 AM   #2
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We loved our Subaru Forester but it had an automatic so we sold it and replaced it with a Honda CR-V 04----towed it all over, it has about 80 K normal and 30 K towing and is still silky smooth. It will fall a little short of your mileage requirement---oddly the consumer report indicate better gas mileage from the automatic over the stick---by 1 mpg hardly a difference but interesting. Roomy little cuss as well for it's size--I think more than the Subaru. Check it out and good luck to you.

PS: Off the subject--my Ford Ranger has a Mitsubishi engine----American?
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We loved our Subaru Forester but it had an automatic so we sold it and replaced it with a Honda CR-V 04----towed it all over, it has about 80 K normal and 30 K towing and is still silky smooth. It will fall a little short of your mileage requirement---oddly the consumer report indicate better gas mileage from the automatic over the stick---by 1 mpg hardly a difference but interesting. Roomy little cuss as well for it's size--I think more than the Subaru. Check it out and good luck to you.

PS: Off the subject--my Ford Ranger has a Mitsubishi engine----American?
I forgot to mention the CR-V is towable four down with automatic---a little proceedure to follow but simple not very time consuming.
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We also tow a 2010 CRV four wheels down. There is plenty of space in the back. I fit three kids in the second row. Around town MPG is around 24.
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Thanks for the info. I need better 24 MPG.

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Hello, the next step is looking at a Toad. Here are some of my requirements.

Since we have three dogs I need a vehicle that I can take them in. We hike a lot with them so they go on as many as five car rides a week.

I need a vehicle that gets close to 30 MPG on the hi-way.

Manual transmission. Since I will tow four down behind the motorhome.

I am looking for used, under 50k miles.

What else fits the bill ?
I searched craigslist, almost daily for the better part of a year, looking for something similar. Finally found a 2010 Subaru Outback with 19,000 miles. With a manual transmission, it's towable four down. It gets almost 30mpg. It was traded in by a woman for a 2011 with an automatic transmission. I'm guessing that shifting gears lost it's glamor. Anyway, got a pretty good deal and like the car. It seems to tow just fine.

Good luck in your search. My advice would be to have patience.

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That would fit the bill... I really am in no hurry for this year, but looking would not hurt.
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I towed a 06 Subaru Baja for four years. Great vehicle, Roadmaster and the United Brake system from US Gear. In fact, it was my 17th Subaru. Just got tired of shifting hence the Jeep.
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