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Old 03-14-2016, 08:42 PM   #15
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I have/tow an 08 GV. Have had absolutely no problems towing or driving. Bought used two years ago.Best bang for the buck car I've ever had. Love it.
We have now hauled it a little over 4500 miles and no problems. It is a little hard on fuel but the A/C is phenomenal.
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Old 03-14-2016, 08:56 PM   #16
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We have now hauled it a little over 4500 miles and no problems. It is a little hard on fuel but the A/C is phenomenal.
Agree, the mileage isn't great but the smallish tank makes it always needing gas. (at least for an old "you use the top ") kind of guy.
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Agree, the mileage isn't great but the smallish tank makes it always needing gas. (at least for an old "you use the top ") kind of guy.
Yup, hard to let it get to the 1/4 mark isn't it?
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Old 03-14-2016, 11:52 PM   #18
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I have a 2000 Grand Vitara Limited and have towed it for 7 years without any incident (that was the cars fault) well there was that time I left the car emergency brake on and drug it 2 miles before I realized it.. You ever seen 2 tires and aluminum wheels worn down to nearly the drums!!!!
All that is necessary is to put the transfer case in Neutral, ignition switch to unlock.. Be sure all accessories are switched off and go for it.. No fuse pulling or such.. Best tow car around as far as I am concerned..
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I pulled a Suzuki XL7 about 20 feet with the brake on. You can't feel it very much.

From that day forth my wife walks back and checks to see that all the wheels are turning.
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I pulled a Suzuki XL7 about 20 feet with the brake on. You can't feel it very much.

From that day forth my wife walks back and checks to see that all the wheels are turning.
My wife is getting to be pretty proficient at seeing things I've missed.
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I have a 03 Suzuki XL-7, automatic, 4 wheel drive. It has been towed 160,000 miles plus driven an additional 101,000 miles. The only repairs other than batteries and brakes are front wheel bearings. Put transfer case in neutral, tranny in park, key in accessory position and release parking break.

I start it every morning when traveling and once during the day (approx. 200 miles) to lube/exercise the tranny. Plan on keeping it for another 160,000 towing and 100,000 driving miles. I'm optimistic.

3 rows of seats and when 3rd row is down I carry my 22.5" unmounted spare.

Could not ask for a better, more dependable, reasonable priced toad.
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Is lubing the tranny every 200 miles necessary, it seems go be excessive compared to other brands of toads
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Is lubing the tranny every 200 miles necessary, it seems go be excessive compared to other brands of toads
If I didn't unhook when we stopped for the day I ran the unit for about 5 minutes as recommended. If we were camping for a couple of days and I unhooked I just used it as normal and didn't bother with any idling time.
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When I go south for the winter I will easily travel 600 miles in one day, hate to keep stopping to run the toad, usually only at fuel stops. With the GMC Canyon that I currently tow, only run it about 10 min at the end of the travel day. I'm thinking of getting a lighter toad and had some concern with the Suzuki requiring running after 200 miles.
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When I go south for the winter I will easily travel 600 miles in one day, hate to keep stopping to run the toad, usually only at fuel stops. With the GMC Canyon that I currently tow, only run it about 10 min at the end of the travel day. I'm thinking of getting a lighter toad and had some concern with the Suzuki requiring running after 200 miles.

It's a good idea to stop every few hours and walk around ... medically speaking, no fun having a pulmonary embolism.
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I do stop and walk around, check tire temps, inspect tow bar, a 5 min stop, just dont want to get into 15 min stops. By the time you start the vehicle, let it run and do the brake buddy activation it would get close to 15 min. So I really only want to do this at breakfast before hitting thd road and at our lunch brake. Would let it run for 15 at the end of the travel day to charge the battery.
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I am going to copy a fellow's idea that I saw out on the road. His coiled connection between the motorhome and the toad has an extra 'hot' wire to plug his brake buddy into when he hooks up. The key only has to go to first setting to unlock the steering as all the power comes from the motorhome. I have the same six pin cord and will add the extra hot for the brake and not need to run for recharging as there will be no drain.
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