Should I make this trade?
A very good friend is offering to trade their 1996 Range Rover straight over for my 2002 Chevy Malibu.
I need a new tow vehicle since I ruined my transmission trying to pull my 24" Tradewind with my 1996 Ford Explorer to Montana and back to California. (I knew it was iffy weight wise...but it was my first trip ever)
My mechanic patched me up, but warned NOT to pull the trailer again)
1996 Range Rover HSE 4.6L with 4WD and AC 140,000
in good condition, runs great (I checked KellyBB which quoted $6000)
2002 Chevy Malibu 40,000 in perfect condition
I had planned to sell it for $6000
My question, how well do the Range Rovers hold up over time and in towing my size Airstream? My friend is only concerned, knowing my tight budget on a limited income, that if anything were to go wrong, it would very expensive to fix. This person is a best buddy, totally trustworthy and assures me everything runs fine. I know no one can predict the future.
I have a incredible mechanic who owns a great shop nearby and even barters engine work for art, who said he would look it over and help me out the best he can if needed.
I would just like to throw this out there to the Airstream world and get as many opinions as I can.....It would be so nice to be able to tow my trailer again to travel....