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Old 02-09-2014, 12:51 PM   #351
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I sold the Excursion. I am looking at a 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara XSport. 2 wdrive tomorrow. I am assuming this will handle my Overlander with the right set up a (which I don't yet know)

Any one knowledgeable on this vehicle? I have been looking for the XL-7 model which has the saem engine, but has 6" shorter wheelbase. Please advise.
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Good to hear that you sold your Excursion so quickly. Good luck with finding a suitable (new to you) tow vehicle.

After finding your next TV be careful with the hitch installation. From what I can tell reading this thread and having seen the hitch installation Andrew T did on a Taurus, it's not simply a matter of driving over to Hitches R Us and having them install what might appear to be a Class IV (2" receiver).

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Old 02-09-2014, 03:36 PM   #352
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good advice that. I looked at three vehicles today did a share of driving around. Volvo XC90 2006..a Piece of crap! Repainted, and more. Did not drive well.
A 2004 Suzuki XL7, not attractive to me. Off the list - a 2005 Nissan Titan Crew Cab--V8. Went there to see a smaller SUV, it was sold, this one was just traded. Ran strong and seems a good price, well under book. But back to 12-14 MPG in town and all that. So I left to ponder....LOL

On my way to see a 2004 KIA Sorento. Heard good things about Kia but not sure if they are all true. Anyway its very local. Here is a reviewer who got over 300K on his Sorento.

http://www.cars.com/kia/sorento/2004/consumer-reviews
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Old 02-09-2014, 03:47 PM   #353
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good advice that. I looked at three vehicles today did a share of driving around. Volvo XC90 2006..a Piece of crap! Repainted, and more. Did not drive well.
A 2004 Suzuki XL7, not attractive to me. Off the list - a 2005 Nissan Titan Crew Cab--V8. Wne tthere to see a smaller SUV, it was sold this one was just traded. Ran strong and seems a good proce, well under book. BUt back to 12-14 MPG in town and all that. So I left to ponder.
On my way to see a 2004 KIA Sorento. Heard good things about Kia but not sure if they are all true. Anyway its very local.
Titan. heh, heh, NOW you're talking
If you are in that class, for more money, a Tundra needs to be looked at. Excellent engineering and build, but it will cost you more.
The Titan is also an excellent vehicle, it's just that it's design is a bit dated. BUT, because of that they can be a real bargain both on the used and new market.
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The Titan just sucks too much gas for me. Also it will end up being about 9000.
I just drove the heck out of a 2004 Kia Sorento. Lots of power, a little soft on the ride, but that could be managed. The dealer is a local Mercedes shop that took it on trade. He will install a hitch and wiring for me at his cost. They just did the water pump and timing belt.
I would need to consider a trans cooler and maybe air bags for the rear. Not 100% sold on it though the proce is fair and mileage is low for a 2004

I 'd like to know what else would improve the towability of the KIA.
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Old 02-09-2014, 07:27 PM   #355
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The Sorento is only rated at 14/18 mpg, and 3500 lbs towing:

2004 Kia Sorento LX 4dr SUV 3.5L V6 5-speed Manual Features and Specs
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The Sorento is known to tow 5000 lbs. mileage is a whole lot better than I have had.
No purchase made yet...still looking
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Just one more "suggestion", take a look at a Chevrolet Trailblazer in a similar year model. They have a 20hwy MPG rating and a tow rating of 6700 lbs. Might work for you.

2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer LS 4dr SUV 4.2L 6-cyl. 4-speed Automatic Features and Specs
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:38 PM   #358
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Alan, have you considered a van? The newer Grand Caravans are cheap to buy and tow really well. Fuel economy is also good.
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I am checking everything...but my wife has some say in this and she nixes the van idea, as well as some sedans...Hey after 28 years of marrriage...well u know.
The guy with the Sorento is holding it for me until mid week...I am on the fence on that one...But for 5000 plus hitch and tow prep its not a bad deal
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I am checking everything...but my wife has some say in this and she nixes the van idea, as well as some sedans...Hey after 28 years of marrriage...well u know.
The guy with the Sorento is holding it for me until mid week...I am on the fence on that one...But for 5000 plus hitch and tow prep its not a bad deal
I'm sure you'll get many "opinions" on this, but if it won't satisfactorily tow your trailer, it's a bad deal at any price.
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Adding to my list - Chevy Trailblazer, Chrysler Pacifica ( rated a top ten tow vehicle by edmunds).

I am surprised at the lack of truly informed opinions here on the Forums when you look up towing vehicles. People have their opinion and freely state it without much research to back it up. They say things like you will get blown off the road with that vehicle, or you are crazy for considering it. Thankfully this thread has had some good insights.

I have researched this topic all over the web so I know what I am getting into. Also Andy T from CanAM RV has been a most valuable resource.

Please continue to hold your uniformed opnions in check people. Any arguments should be avoided.
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an example is this article by Andy on towing with the Suzuki , Torrent, and Traverse

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Adding to my list - Chevy Trailblazer, Chrysler Pacifica ( rated a top ten tow vehicle by edmunds).
Just an FYI, have friends that own a Chrysler Pacifica and it has been very much less than acceptable in the reliability category. Maybe it's just the one, but.....
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I have been checking MSN which has good infor on reliability. Meanwhile I found a 2003 Trailblazer with just over 100K that is near me and looks possible.
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