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Old 05-30-2012, 09:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best Tow Rig and Daily Driver

What is the best tow rig and daily driver for about 7000
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Probably a mid-90's Ford/Chevy/Dodge with a decent small block or big block. Whatever flavor you like the best. Or you could pick up a Ford or Dodge Diesel for that much... but its a crap shoot on what you'd have to put into it.

What are you towing? If its light enough, a 1/2 ton might cut it (bring on the 1/2 ton haters). 1/2 ton would definatly be a nicer DD than a 3/4 or greater.
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Lease a brand new F150. That seems to be what the rest of America does.


Or buy a 500 dollar beater car to DD and a tow rig.

"Best tow rig" and "best daily driver" are not really that synonymous.
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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How heavy are you talking about towing, i know some will hate, but my Land Rover Discovery is good for everything, 4000kg towing, drives superbly on and offroad and importantly has excellent chassis dynamisc for towing and can go anywhere, Mine is a diesel, but the V8's are sweet, wil use less fuel than any pickup anyway haha. Or get a Range Rover if thats your thing, but Disco 1's are newer and better IMO
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I paid $5200 for a 1994 Dodge 2500 Cummins diesel 4x4 with a 5 speed manual trans with 120k miles about a year ago. 22 mpg freeway and 17 in the city.

I don't have a long commute to work, only to hunting areas. It can tow any of my toys. Its desert and mountain capable to get me to my hunting spots. Never left me stranded.

I have had both Chevy and Ford gas 4x4 trucks before and the diesel tows like there's nothing behind it. But it depends on what you'll be towing.
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how about the "geocomino"? not sure if its still for sale though
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I love my 2012 F150 Ecoboost. Very comfortable daily driver thats easy to drive and park, with lots of power and can tow 11,300 pounds. But way more then $7000 .
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How heavy are you talking about towing, i know some will hate, but my Land Rover Discovery is good for everything, 4000kg towing, drives superbly on and offroad and importantly has excellent chassis dynamisc for towing and can go anywhere, Mine is a diesel, but the V8's are sweet, wil use less fuel than any pickup anyway haha. Or get a Range Rover if thats your thing, but Disco 1's are newer and better IMO

My wife and I have a Disco and a Defender between us, and we can agree on all the above.
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1990 dodge cummins 4x4 250 180k miles 67 mpg 3000$

2002 kia rio 5 spd power nothing 61k miles had 1 yr left on the 100k mile warranty 34mpg 2900$ from the dealer

the ultimate dd/tow rig

its not unheard of for a kia to go 300k miles, and the cummins should do 400k


500k miles to go, for 5900$

edit; but i have 3200$ in my toyota front axle, cant always win

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If you can really only buy one vehicle and it needs to tow, drive you to work everyday, cost only $7000, be reliable enough not to leave you walking to work, etc...

Older Dodge 12v diesels are the best bang for your buck. BUT you are stuck with a standard cab or a smallish extended cab. To get any real cab size you jump way up in price... All the other options in your price range are fuel hogs or so old they may not be reliable enough to be worth daily driving.
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If you can really only by one vehicle and it needs to tow, drive you to work everyday, cost only $7000, be reliable enough not to leave you walking to work, etc...

Older Dodge 12v diesels are the best bang for your buck. BUT you are stuck with a standard cab or a smallish extended cab. To get any real cab size you jump way up in price... All the other options in your price range are fuel hogs or so old they may not be reliable enough to be worth daily driving.
I have a 4x4 6 speed crew cab Powerstroke for sale for not much more than his number. I agree that prices go up with cab room, but it just makes shopping a little more interesting...
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How heavy are you talking about towing, i know some will hate, but my Land Rover Discovery is good for everything, 4000kg towing, drives superbly on and offroad and importantly has excellent chassis dynamisc for towing and can go anywhere, Mine is a diesel, but the V8's are sweet, wil use less fuel than any pickup anyway haha. Or get a Range Rover if thats your thing, but Disco 1's are newer and better IMO

That's almost 9000lbs Seems like a lot for a SUV
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http://houston.craigslist.org/cto/3049035279.html

Then pick your tow rig.
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:17 PM   #16 (permalink)
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That's almost 9000lbs Seems like a lot for a SUV
They'll handle it on surge (is that the US term for over run?) brakes without any fuss. My diesel 95 MY vehicle has on a few occasions found itself dragging that weight on the way back from the local quarry with a load of gravel cos the loader operators just keep throwing the stuff on your trailer until its full.

Yes the Discovery and Range Rover might fall into the SUV classification, but are still an excellent towing platform.

I suspect a LWB Defender with Salisbury axles (liscence built Dana 60) front and rear would be good for dragging a big gooseneck with a lot more weight on it.
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M35A2: 11mpg city, 60mph highway, $5000 all day long

More seriously, get on craigslist and look around. You'll no doubt find something cheap as hell that needs a little work.

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you havent given nearly enough info to help you narrow the field.

do you need to seat more than 2 people? would a regular cab pickup do, or do you need to haul a bunch of kids?

how much weight are you carrying? Do you have a gooseneck or 5th wheel trailer or will bumper pull suffice?

do you need/require 4wd for any reason?

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Depending on what you are towing a 1/2 or 3/4 Chevy or Ford gas truck or maybe 7.3 IDI Ford for around $2000-$3000 and the other $4000 to $5000 to catch up maintenance, belts, hoses, tires, fluids, rubber bushings, springs, leaks, and whatever else it needs to be totally reliable.

Best is still a separate driver and truck. Good reliable driver and occasional truck.
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I just picked up a 2wd 97 3500 Club Cab Dually with some mods and 175k miles for $4800! Getting 20+ mpg on my commute, needs some work in the suspension department/seats but otherwise its solid.
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