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We're close to to a wrap on a new to us Bird so now we need simple transportation. The only real must have is an automatic transmission. I know tha takes a lot of options off the table but... I'm thinking a jeep so we can do some trails when we head West. Well I mean when we head way west, everything's west for us. I thought about a Mini Cooper but without a manual transmission it gets complicated.
I've had a german car of one kind or another since mid 70's so it's hard to accept some otherwise good soloutions. I just took a deposit on my turbo and I'll really miss that kind of driving. That sorta explains the Mini thing. I don't really want to use a dolly or a trailer so in my mind that gets me back to a jeep kind of thing but it's gotta be a modest (cheap) price. Whatever we get will only be used as a toat, not a daily driver.
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I have a 2009 CRV, not powerful, loaded, good mileage, tow plate was easy to install as the entire front clip comes off the car easy.
Bought a light kit for it and installed it in Walmart parking lot in 20 minutes.
2WD, timing chain, and it now has 106,000 on it.
Light, don't even know it is behind me.
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Look at salvage sales. Some vehicles are totaled only because of mileage. Mine was hit in the right rear corner( 96 S-10), had over 100k, but ran good and the air blew cold. Put a tail gate, and back window in it, and am still dragging it behind the bus. Oh yea, paid less than $2000 for it, in '05.
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Small front wheel drive hatchbacks seem to make great Toads, are inexpensive, and as a bonus make for useful daily drivers. Kia Soul, Nissan Versa or Cube are good examples. Manual transmission versions can be towed wheels down, automatics require a tow dolly.
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He did say it must be an automatic transmission. I towed a Honda Fit which I liked a lot. Jeeps are great as well. I'd would decide what you need to do with the car and make that decision first. Used Jeeps to me seem to be expensive relatively speaking but if you want a Jeep to do off road stuff that's the way to go. My buddy tows a Chevy Colorado pick up with four wheel drive and auto trans. That's a nice toad and so is the CRV. Jeep, CRV. or a Chevy truck would be on my short list. Love my Spark but it is not flat towable unless you opt for the manual which I did.
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John, how do you tow the chevy truck with auto. Does it require the trans. pump or just put it in neutral and go.
Tom, I left most of my left leg in Superglide in 74. I can handle a clutch just fine but the DA folks that give us our drivers license seem to think I should be restricted to automatics. I've never pressed the issue. In stop and go traffic, the manual is a little more uncomfortable for me than for others.
Having driven performance vehicles all my life and being a lifelong racer it's really hard to stray too far into the dark side and get rice burner/grocery getter. That's why the Mini seemed like a reasonable compromise. Have you ever seen one in an autocross? Wow!
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John, how do you tow the chevy truck with auto. Does it require the trans. pump or just put it in neutral and go.
Tom, I left most of my left leg in Superglide in 74. I can handle a clutch just fine but the DA folks that give us our drivers license seem to think I should be restricted to automatics. I've never pressed the issue. In stop and go traffic, the manual is a little more uncomfortable for me than for others.
Having driven performance vehicles all my life and being a lifelong racer it's really hard to stray too far into the dark side and get rice burner/grocery getter. That's why the Mini seemed like a reasonable compromise. Have you ever seen one in an autocross? Wow!
Thanks guys.
The Chevy four wheel drives are flat towable without modification. Don't know how far back that goes but the Tahoe, Silverado and Colorado of recent years are towable by putting the four wheel drive transfer into neutral. No other mods needed.
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Yup, what John said....push some dash buttons to put the transfer case in neutral, hook it up and go. Easy, we don't go anywhere without the 4wd Suburban anymore, and it doubles as a trailer.
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I love my Lincoln MKX. A real nice ride.
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I dunno know, I bought a used diesel Jeep 05 Liberty. I swear the Jeep community can be like WOG. I was recently able to fix a ignition problem through a google search while waiting for the tow truck when out-of-town. They had the jumpers to fuse to get it started and link to videos for the fix. Probably saved $$$ off what the tow and most likely dealer service were going to cost me.
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