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Old 02-18-2016, 10:31 PM   #1
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do I need to get a pick up truck?!

My current fleet consists of a 91 Miata M Edition (bone stock production #401 out of 4000), 92 Miata (auto-x rat, sticky tires, upgraded suspension, roll bar etc), 02 Muskrat GT (just finished her!) and ole reliable, a 00 Jeep Grand Cherokee V8 that I use for various assorted activities, such as towing said Miata to auto-x, towing snow mobiles, winter driving, etc.

The issue is that the Jeep is pushing 250k+ and I dont know how much spunk she has left in her. The transmission was rebuilt at 220k by the previous owner, and over all its in pretty decent shape. What worries me is the chrysler 4.7 V8's, from what ive read online, are piles of crap. Most people are surprised and ask me what my secret is when I tell them how many miles she has on her.

I'm a recent grad, looking for a job, and I had my heart set on a Mazda 6 Touring (manual of course). It doesnt take a rocket scientist to realize I wont be towing a Miata or sleds with a Mazda 6. I'd prefer not to daily a pick up truck or full size SUV although I really like the Toy Seqouia, and from what I can see all these new fangled "cross over" suv things wont quite cut the mustard. I even towed the Mustang with the Jeep to the body shop and surprisingly the Jeep coped very well. Plenty of power and not much strain on the suspension. Unfortunately the generation of Jeep I am familiar with and prefer, the WJ (99-04) is getting long in the tooth, and I am pretty sure there arent any other mid size SUV things with live front and rear axles.

So I guess my question is, what would be a good tow rig that isnt quite full size? Something that could tow something like a Mustang in a pinch on one of those U-Haul flat bed trailers (2k lbs unloaded according to the sticker thingy). Preferably something that isnt getting too long in the tooth but isnt stupid expensive.

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Maybe a single cab Silverado with a 4.3 V6 or a Ford with a 6? Both should handle the weight I believe and have proven engines with a little better fuel economy than the V8 versions. Ford Explorer with a V8 or Mountaineer, their not too wide though and may make pulling harder. I used a 07 Jeep Liberty 3.7 to pull a pop up camper I had, pulled it about 6 or 7 times a year. Again their narrow and made highway pulling a little difficult. It had a trans cooler, and heavy duty hitch. I cant remember the weight limit. I know my camper was 1300lbs unloaded, so loaded probably around 1600-1700. Power wise ir felt fine, I know snowmobiles would be fine for it. Or look for a lower mileage Cherokee with the inline 6 4.0 or a lower mileage Grand Cherokee with the 5.7 V8 instead of the 4.7.

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Or lease a 16 Silverado really cheap for 2 yrs like I did that has the trailer package.

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I had an 04 Dakota with the 4.7, from 45k to 150k miles that I've had it, the engine needed a few small repair jobs but nothing big. New exhaust manifold bolts, cylinder head cover gasket, and new water pump. It was a great midsize truck and I regret getting rid of it cuz now I can't find one in the same immaculate condition I kept mine in.

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I have a 4.0L V6 Nissan Frontier 4x4. It is more than capable of towing anything I need (4000 lbs). It's also a ton of fun to drive. If I had to buy another, I would. Although I'd buy a 2010 to 2013 model, since the PCM was easier to tune. Should be able to find one for relatively cheap.
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