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Old 03-07-2015, 07:48 AM   #15
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Most manuals will work but to give you a idea of the cost. Darling Daughter just told me they sold her 2007 Kia, no air conditioning, stick ****, for 3,500 here in Southern GA.

I got my 2001 Dodge Neon for 2,000 in Michigan, Automatic, Full air, AM/FM/Cassette, nice lighting packaging (Added CD player for 50 bucks (Portable DVD player) at dollar General). spend about another 2 grand making into a towed 500 for the base plate (Already had the tow bars) and 1500 for the LP-1 installed, including the tow lights,

So far the only real "work" I have had to do on the car is routine, Tires and Tune up, Oil changes and gas (around 28MPG). It is one of three things I have that "Purrs like a kitten" the other two, were kittens when they were younger.
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I had one of those years ago. Great little car
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Old 03-07-2015, 11:27 AM   #17
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I had one of those years ago. Great little car
One of WHAT?
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Old 03-07-2015, 07:50 PM   #18
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Suggestion for cheap light toad for 4 down

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One of WHAT?

Post #15 speaks of a 2001 Dodge Neon and a 2007 Kia..... I'm guessing he means the Neon?
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Old 03-07-2015, 10:44 PM   #19
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smart light 50 mpg 1800 lb don't even know it there Wife loves it
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Old 03-07-2015, 11:24 PM   #20
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Inexpensive is what you mean? Be weary about "most manuals are towable 4 down"! As just the output shaft is turning no lube will be churned around as not many gears are turning! I've replaced a few Toyota and ford five speeds for worn bearings because they were used as toads.
I scepticly started towing my DWs 2000 accord auto trans 4 down and have had no problems. I even got a letter from Honda of america stating it can be done. I finally looked at a torn down trans and see how lube is splashed around by the final drive and chain. You can get any 1998 to 2003 (I think check with remco) Honda civic or accord
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Old 03-07-2015, 11:37 PM   #21
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Saturn S series are very affordable, 30+ mpg everywhere, and mine was 2650 lbs. Towable with automatic transmission four down.
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Chevy HHR 3,300 lb. Automatic put in "N" pull one fuse or put a switch on it.
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For the money, light, cheap and four down it's tough to beat the Kia Soul manual shift. It's also a fun daily driver. I've pulled ours all over with no issues. I also put two 10 ft kayaks on top and three mountain bikes on the Kia. For the money it's tough to beat.
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The Saturn Vue auto transmission is towable 4 down and is a "real" suv. Note ours is an '04 that 4 fifty+ pound "girls" fit nicely.
On anything you pick just plan on another $2500 to make it towable.
(hitch, base plate, brake system, lights)
The Saturn Vue is now the Chevy Captiva and is a great tow car. It is relatively inexpensive because Chevy sells it only to fleets and you can only buy it used. We picked up our 2014 Captiva with about 20,000 miles for approximately $18,000. It is great, and I enjoy driving and/or riding in it - unlike our old Chevy Cavalier.

Towing couldn't be more simple. We have a Blue Ox tow bar and bas plate and an SMI Stay-in-Play brake system. Hook up the tow bar, plug in the electrical, and throw two switches (brake system & fuse bypass), and we are off and running.
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We have a 2001 Civic. Auto tranny, tow 4 down. Got it for basically nothing, but had to do a lot of some mechanical repairs, (timing belt, Body computer, windshield, new tires , brakes, front end struts and bushings)

gets about 38 mpg, drives very nice.

Simple tow setup. Bought a set of used base plates for $180 and a solid tow bar ($120).

Fits our needs perfectly.
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Chevy HHR 3,300 lb. Automatic put in "N" pull one fuse or put a switch on it.
I second that! Great toad.
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There are many subcompact cars that are four down towable. Find a "light" one at your "cheap" price point and get going.
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http://www.motorhomesearch.com/2003_Dinghy_Towing.pdf
http://www.motorhomesearch.com/2002_Dinghy_Towing.pdf
2001 and 2000 guides are found for $1.99 each here:http://www.motorhome.com/download-dinghy-guides/
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Ford Fiesta auto FWD - just put in neutral and tow

we do - 19k miles so far
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