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Old 02-12-2014, 09:34 AM   #393
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I want to add that I really wanted a diesel Jetta..but the numbers just weren't in my favor.
I expect to be happy with this Chevy for awhile. Meanwhile I will get my son through college and then see what happens...
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More pics of "smaller" tow vehicles/tow vehicle options

Obviously Alan has secured a tow vehicle that he is happy with but in line with this thread...My other tow vehicle is a '94 Buick Roadmaster Wagon, LT1 Corvette engine, 4L60, factory towing package, 2.93 Limited Slip, (this gear allows towing in 3rd gear). This vehicle has gotten a best of 24.7 MPG on regular unleaded while not towing. Pretty good MPG for a 4,480 lb car. This car is an OBD1 car, the '95 and '96's were OBDII and I've heard they get 26-27 MPG. They are great and very well built cars. Mine is used 99.9% for towing as I usually pull it and the Airstream in the garage when returning from a trip and they stay.
I still see these cars pop up for sale with really low mileage on them. They are well built cars, have a boxed frame and my '94 stickered for over 30K when new...the most expensive car Buick made in '94...point is, Buick made them well. Another car that is inexpensive to insure due to it's age.

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Old 02-12-2014, 11:10 AM   #395
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One other honorable mention for tow vehicle/daily driver

One other honorable mention for tow vehicle/daily driver/something with room inside it is the BMW X5 35d. It is basically a BMW SUV with a 6,000 lb tow capacity but the true heart of this vehicle is the twin turbo inline six diesel powerplant that makes 425 ft lbs tq at 1,750 RPM coupled to a ZF six speed automatic...the first six speed auto and the first to be able to lock up the converter in all forward gears. These get 26 mpg on the road...better if tuned. I recently drove two different 335D's (sedan car) with the same power plant. Driving them feels like driving a sixties muscle car. I have buddies out of state with them with tuned versions that are making nearly 600 ft lbs of tq and getting 39 MPG. Now that's a musclecar! Bone stock, they run 14.0 @ 105 MPH in the quarter mile. Tuned, they run mid 12's; have a top speed of 178 MPH...not bad for a 39 MPG car. One of these 335D's are on my short list.
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G you just have way too many vehicles...LOL
Alan,

You're exactly right...since you guys were last here, I've sold two...I'm currently in negotiations on selling 3 more. I got an email today on one of those three saying that they were sending me a deposit asap. One of the others, the guy is just waiting for the weather to clear and on the final one, the TDI Jetta, a friend out of state is interested in it but wants to sell his car first. I'm moving in the right direction! I've currently got one spot rented out in my shop and another person has committed to storing another car in one of the other spots.

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That wagon is a terrific car..and looks very cool towing the trailer.
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One other honorable mention for tow vehicle/daily driver/something with room inside it is the BMW X5 35d. It is basically a BMW SUV with a 6,000 lb tow capacity but the true heart of this vehicle is the twin turbo inline six diesel powerplant that makes 425 ft lbs tq at 1,750 RPM coupled to a ZF six speed automatic...
This year the X5 35d gets the new 8 speed ZF. Mileage improves correspondingly.

Also, while BMW states a 6000 lb tow capacity in NA, in Europe there is an optional 3500 kg/7700 lb no cost increased tow rating option. I suspect it not being available in North America has more to do with lawyers than engineering.

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This year the X5 35d gets the new 8 speed ZF. Mileage improves correspondingly.

Also, while BMW states a 6000 lb tow capacity in NA, in Europe there is an optional 3500 kg/7700 lb no cost increased tow rating option. I suspect it not being available in North America has more to do with lawyers than engineering.

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Jeff,

True on the eight speed but unfortunately BMW isn't using the same engine configuration after 2011 and the new diesel makes less torque and is a single turbo version instead of the previous high torque, twin turbos that were two different sizes. BMW claims it's better but enthusiasts say the opposite. If I'm lucky enough to get in a position to get a 335D, it will be a 2011...the last of the good ones which were 2009-2011. It'll also be a CPO that has a better warranty than new BMW's, 100,000 miles/six years...covers everything, or as they say, even the cup holder. All lucky for me, as I will be lucky to afford a CPO BMW and certainly couldn't afford a new one. If I were to get one, I would continue to drive my TDI VW on my daily commute. Both because I'm driving a car like that in Atlanta traffic and am not going to have 3 carpoolers riding in it daily. With that in mind, the car should have low miles on it for years to come. I'm not into SUV's per se anyway but do think the X5 diesel is a neat vehicle for someone wanting the best of both worlds. If I was that person, I'd get a 2011 in it too.

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My understanding of the BMW CPO warranty is that it is not in any way as comprehensive as the new vehicle warranty. Apart from the deductible, it has a list of exclusions. The extended warranty is not offered in Canada (unless we buy a CPO vehicle) but in the US you can purchase it with a new BMW, the same warranty as if you had bought a used CPO vehicle.

I didn't see the single variable geometry turbo as a big change from the two turbo configuration, but because of that change I won't be buying one of the first ones. I do like the broader torque band of the new N57. I expect durability will be reasonable given that in other than North American markets they are offering it in the M50d at something like 376 hp/550 ft lbs. I just want them to practice making them with the North American emissions package before I get one.

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I'd love to get a X5, but with three kids I think I prefer three rows of seating, which restrict us to the larger SUVs.

When we were just married, we looked at the X3 (not as a TV, just for the two of us) but then decided on a Mercedes B-Class instead. Now, that was a small car.
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I believe x5 comes with optional 3rd row seats. They are cramped though
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Cramped, and difficult to access. And you lose your luggage capacity. If you need three rows of seats a minivan makes a lot more sense.
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Or an...Excursion
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I saw an excursion today.
First time I have seen one in a month.
I was kinda sorta surprised, like ,"Wow! There's an Excursion! And it's clean, too! All Armor-All'ed down and everything!"
How many thousands of Suburbans have I seen in the same month?
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:59 AM   #406
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Hitch question

I got my brake controller and tailer light converter installed on the Trailblazer.
We went out today to try a test run.
BUt the truck sites up higher than my Excursion and the ball on the hitch never quite got under the trailer to attach. We cranked the trailer up all the way but we had about 1-2 inches more height needed. What do I do now?

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