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Old 02-27-2018, 03:30 AM   #1
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Which vehicle for reliability?

Hi All,

I think I have narrowed the tow vehicle down for my new trailer. 1989 Limited (7400lb dry, 8900lb gvwr)

I'm trying to decide between 2 main vehicles and I'm going shopping tomorrow for some up close looks and test drives.
1. 2000-2006 Chevy Suburban 2500 4x4 with the 8.1L gas engine and under 100-140k miles (Cost: ~9k) Towing capacity 10,000lb (12k with right gearing which is proving hard to find).
2. 2008-2010 Toyota Sequoia 5.7L 4x4 ~140k miles (Cost: ~17k) Towing Capacity 10k lbs.

I still haven't quite settled on which one, but I am now leaning towards the Sequoia. My current vehicle is an FJ Cruiser but it just won't cut it with the towing I need to do. I have become spoiled with the reliability of the toyota, and am hesitant to move to a domestic as old as what i'm looking at. I'm not worried about the engine or transmission in either vehicle, as they both look to be reliable and strong.

Thoughts or concerns are appreciated, as well as which one you would get in my shoes and why
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Old 02-27-2018, 04:33 AM   #2
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Hi All,

I think I have narrowed the tow vehicle down for my new trailer. 1989 Limited (7400lb dry, 8900lb gvwr)

I'm trying to decide between 2 main vehicles and I'm going shopping tomorrow for some up close looks and test drives.
1. 2000-2006 Chevy Suburban 2500 4x4 with the 8.1L gas engine and under 100-140k miles (Cost: ~9k) Towing capacity 10,000lb (12k with right gearing which is proving hard to find).
2. 2008-2010 Toyota Sequoia 5.7L 4x4 ~140k miles (Cost: ~17k) Towing Capacity 10k lbs.

I still haven't quite settled on which one, but I am now leaning towards the Sequoia. My current vehicle is an FJ Cruiser but it just won't cut it with the towing I need to do. I have become spoiled with the reliability of the toyota, and am hesitant to move to a domestic as old as what i'm looking at. I'm not worried about the engine or transmission in either vehicle, as they both look to be reliable and strong.

Thoughts or concerns are appreciated, as well as which one you would get in my shoes and why
Statistically, Toyota is more reliable than Chevrolet. I just sold my 2012 Tundra with 60+K miles and it was NEVER in the shop for a service issue.
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Old 02-27-2018, 05:17 AM   #3
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Hi All,

I think I have narrowed the tow vehicle down for my new trailer. 1989 Limited (7400lb dry, 8900lb gvwr)

I'm trying to decide between 2 main vehicles and I'm going shopping tomorrow for some up close looks and test drives.
1. 2000-2006 Chevy Suburban 2500 4x4 with the 8.1L gas engine and under 100-140k miles (Cost: ~9k) Towing capacity 10,000lb (12k with right gearing which is proving hard to find).
2. 2008-2010 Toyota Sequoia 5.7L 4x4 ~140k miles (Cost: ~17k) Towing Capacity 10k lbs.

I still haven't quite settled on which one, but I am now leaning towards the Sequoia. My current vehicle is an FJ Cruiser but it just won't cut it with the towing I need to do. I have become spoiled with the reliability of the toyota, and am hesitant to move to a domestic as old as what i'm looking at. I'm not worried about the engine or transmission in either vehicle, as they both look to be reliable and strong.

Thoughts or concerns are appreciated, as well as which one you would get in my shoes and why
I currently drive a 2008 Toyota Sequoia 4X4 with 5.7 liter V8, and also have the towing package. It's a great vehicle with extremely good reliability. I dearly love the long range and comfort of my Sequoia. However, Toyota reclassified the towing capacity of all their vehicles in 2010, and lowered the 2008 Sequoia 4x4 to 7200lbs. So just a caution.....your trailer is just at the limit of this Sequoia.
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Old 02-27-2018, 05:25 AM   #4
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I would look hard at payload on each, and fuel tank size on each as part of deciding.

Having previously had a couple of suburbans, and now with a Tundra, I do find the Tundra easier to drive around town. For what it's worth.
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Old 02-27-2018, 09:07 AM   #5
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Yikes, maybe I am just conservative, but I would think about a 3/4 ton truck. A 34' AS is a big hombre, and I would worry a bit about it deciding to take your Sequoia for a ride, especially if you plan on driving on HWY 1 or any of those curvy roads in your area. Towing at or near the limits of your TV is an accident waiting to happen. You might be able to pull it but there is a lot more to safe towing than just pulling it down the road. Just my humble opinion.
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I bought my Tundra after having two Tacomas. Reliability was a major factor and Toyota trucks have delivered. 80k miles in the Tundra at present... 30K+ of that with the AS in tow and zero repair cost other than tires, brakes and a battery. That said, I think your trailer choice will overload the Sequioa. A prior poster noted the GTWR limit. You should check tongue weight, too since that trailer loaded for travel probably overloads the tongue. GVW on the Sequoia is likely an issue with that combination, too, unless you're a jockey traveling alone.
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Iím driving a 2004 Suburban (but not 4-wheel drive, and not with that monster motor).

Most reliable set of wheels Iíve ever owned.

Only one repair, a small valve on the AC (after 12 years), and that was not expensive.
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I love the Tundra and bought it for reliability. (my old Celica went 120K miles without even changing plugs.)
But I was shocked to read up on JD Power reliability ratings and find Ford #1. It depends on the model year. So, If you're shopping for a 2010, then I'd check reliability ratings for that year as a used vehicle.
There's a big difference between reliability in a brand new truck and the same truck with 100K miles.
This site has lots of folks who opine, "We bought a new XYZ every year since 2011 and they've always been reliable." Wait, what?

And yes, I have a long memory. If my Chevy Vega rusted out in 1976, I'll not be buying a Chevy again!
Not logical, but understandable.
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Fuel consumption!!

Toyota is great and very reliable. That being said, plan on visiting fueling stations often. I loved my Tundra but it burned a lot of gasoline towing my 30 ft. Classic.
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I tow a 30' Classic with a Tundra and stop at least every 200 miles.
Thing is, the newer Tundras have a 38 gallon tank option...
Possibly part of why the tow rating is lower now?
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Hi All,



I think I have narrowed the tow vehicle down for my new trailer. 1989 Limited (7400lb dry, 8900lb gvwr)



I'm trying to decide between 2 main vehicles and I'm going shopping tomorrow for some up close looks and test drives.

1. 2000-2006 Chevy Suburban 2500 4x4 with the 8.1L gas engine and under 100-140k miles (Cost: ~9k) Towing capacity 10,000lb (12k with right gearing which is proving hard to find).

2. 2008-2010 Toyota Sequoia 5.7L 4x4 ~140k miles (Cost: ~17k) Towing Capacity 10k lbs.



I still haven't quite settled on which one, but I am now leaning towards the Sequoia. My current vehicle is an FJ Cruiser but it just won't cut it with the towing I need to do. I have become spoiled with the reliability of the toyota, and am hesitant to move to a domestic as old as what i'm looking at. I'm not worried about the engine or transmission in either vehicle, as they both look to be reliable and strong.



Thoughts or concerns are appreciated, as well as which one you would get in my shoes and why


I have a 2010 5.7 Sequoia. It could not handle my 2016 Classic ( out West) plus other typical payload items. Downhills were scary. Purchased a smooth riding 1 ton pickup.
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I have a 2010 5.7 Sequoia. It could not handle my 2016 Classic ( out West) plus other typical payload items. Downhills were scary. Purchased a smooth riding 1 ton pickup.


Now at 20,000+ on the Silverado 1 ton, and no problems yet.
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