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Old 11-07-2007, 05:20 PM
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I have a 24' pontoon boat and trailer with no vehicle to tow it! I was told an Expedition would be able to tow the weight (think it is about 3-5000#), then I was told that an Explorer would suffice. Since I want to buy used and not put too much cash into the SUV (it will only be used to tow the boat a few months out of the year) I would like your opinion on what would do the trick....and dare I ask about compeditors that are out there for the same purpose? . Thanks for your input.
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I towed with an Exploder back in 1992 about the weight your talking and it pulled it OK as long as I didn't use overdrive. But after 60,000 miles it EXPLODED. NEW TRANS, took out hard parts, NEW TRANSFER CASE.
So I would look if you want an SUV I personally would go with a Chevy Tahoe, or a Dodge Durango with a V8. The Expedition would do it also. The Chevy would give you the best gas mileage for sure. With gas getting higher & higher I would be looking for what will do the job & give me the best mileage. Just my opinion. I'm sure someone will blast me for this but that's OK I pay to support this site.
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don't go with the dodge dingo. they are known for having trash transmissions. you are lucky to get 70,000 miles before you have to put another pos $3000 trans in it so it will blow up within another 70k miles.
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I towed with an Exploder back in 1992 about the weight your talking and it pulled it OK as long as I didn't use overdrive. But after 60,000 miles it EXPLODED. NEW TRANS, took out hard parts, NEW TRANSFER CASE.
So I would look if you want an SUV I personally would go with a Chevy Tahoe, or a Dodge Durango with a V8. The Expedition would do it also. The Chevy would give you the best gas mileage for sure. With gas getting higher & higher I would be looking for what will do the job & give me the best mileage. Just my opinion. I'm sure someone will blast me for this but that's OK I pay to support this site.
Forget the Durango, it topped the Forbes list (along with the Ram pickup) of the 10 worst vehicles in number of recalls in a single year (5). It's on another Forbes list, worst resale value after two years. AOL had a story on the Forbes lists yesterday. All the vehicles were named, and the recalls were listed. Most of the vehicles were Chrysler products.

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Trailblazer would pull it easy enough also if you are looking for something smaller than the tahoe. Good luck let us know what you find.
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Old 11-07-2007, 09:12 PM
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Does it have to be a suv? why not look for a F150 you could get a 93 or so with deasent mileage with a 302. or if your looking for a little newer you could get a 98ish for a good price also. Or if your looking for something newer than that you could find one like mine I paid 11.5k I think for it. Its all in how much you want to spend.
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don't go with the dodge dingo. they are known for having trash transmissions. you are lucky to get 70,000 miles before you have to put another pos $3000 trans in it so it will blow up within another 70k miles.
We've got a 99 durango and other than a 1800 doller tranney at 69k AND a 500 doller Tcase its been a great vehicle.

pontoons are realitivly light I tow my parents 24' playbouy with a merc 125 oin the back with no problems
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If you want an older pickup I recommend a '92 to '96 F-150 with the 4.9 I6 in it, better suited for pulling than the 302 IMO. I had a '94 and loved every second of it, its pulled great.
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An F-250 is like the gold standard for towing.
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With that little bit of weight, you should be able to pull it with any mid to full sized truck or SUV if they are properly equipped with the tow package and have a towing capacity of 5,000 or more.
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Trailblazer would pull it easy enough also if you are looking for something smaller than the tahoe. Good luck let us know what you find.
Yea, We owned a Trailblazer it would tow that weight. We pulled a 3500# trailer with it. The only reason I didn't suggest it. Is we were disappointed with mileage. We got 16.5-18 MPG. Towing around 13-14 MPG. I know guys with Tahoe's getting that with more room & power.
As for the Durango, I understood a used on. We had an 02 Dakota with the 4.7L with a 3 speed with overdrive. That tranny was solid. Servicing them is the key. Any of the new trannys are a $3000 expense if you have to rebuilt or replace. That 1992 Exploder in 1995 was a $4000 fix. What would that be today?
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If you want a cheap SUV that will tow, get a 92 to 96 Bronco with the 351.
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