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Old 12-07-2005, 01:00 PM   #1
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New tow vehicle!

Well, at least it's new to us!
Bought a 2003 Ford XLT to replace our 1999 with its 182K miles. Changed colors as well; went from gold to silver! Bruce says we will look better now when towing the Airstream! All the same equipment, just a new color! Those one tons are great... and the interior space can't be beat!
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Old 12-07-2005, 01:42 PM   #2
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Old 12-15-2005, 01:25 AM   #3
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Well, that cetainly is a LOT of miles! All towing, or???

Any problems with the TV(Ford XLT) you got rid of??? "New to you" likely to get the same treatment as far as tow vs. town/road miles?? Any photos???????

With the trailer????????????

BTW - LOVE your part of the world. Have relatives in DeWitt area and spent many a summer there 'wrench'ing at my uncle's place.... Ahhhhh, good times!

Alas, the times they are a changin'.....

Sorry for the non-sequiteur - anyone got mileage figures on what I can expect from OEM brakes on an '01 2500HD Suburban with minimal tow miles (less than 6k). Have 52k on them now and they seem OK but a BIT soft.... Just curious.



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Old 12-15-2005, 01:41 AM   #4
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Can't tell you about a Chevy, but it really depends on your driving style and the type of commute you have. I have a 1995 F-150 extended cab with short bed that has 180K miles on it. I drove it from my home 25 miles south of the heart of downtown Atlanta where I work for over nine years. Eighteen of those 25 were interstate miles and from the original manufacturer's equipment I got 92K out of the front disk and 149K out of the rear drums. With the replacement set I got about 72K out of the front pads and still have the replacement shoes on the back. No I don't speed and don't haul anything. I had very little stop and go traffic and didn't have to worry about running up behind other drivers so my brakes lasted longer than most. I hope I my luck is as good with my new F-250 because that break job will cost a good bit more.
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Old 12-15-2005, 10:14 AM   #5
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We bought the first one as a used unit. Never had a lick of trouble with it. That's why we bought the second one, from the same people.
About half to two thirds of the miles are towing, about one third or less are town miles.
Keep in mind, we use this for business, as well as for towing the AS. We have several trailers for different uses, from a Wells Cargo to a flat bed with removable sides and bows with top tarp, large enough to move, enclosed, a mini van! We use trialers a LOT!!
This unit was meticulously maintained! Synthetic oil, routine stuff done timely, not a ding, mark, or blemish on the paint! My spouse is anal retentive when it comes to the van!
Got pictures somewhere but need to leave for granddaughts preschool party....
Our previous unit is for sale.... under book value for average retail sale price, and less than average trade in. God has been good to us and we like to pass that on. Also, we got such a great buy on the new one, we can afford to play the numbers!
The only reason we are selling it is: It is time!
Any you betchya! New to unit will get the same treatment as the old one!

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