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Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) #4724299
04/12/18 05:06 AM
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Dumc87 Offline OP
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Last year I posted this thread Tundra versus Silverado but I'm curious about a broader span on this topic.

I want to know what some of you suggest as a "budget" tow truck that can handle towing my 1990 Nissan 300ZX. I believe the car weighs 3700 lbs.

I'm partial to Tundra's based on aesthetics and Silverado's based on reliability, but I find an older Ford with a 6.6L or 7.3L may be more practical for what I'm after. Would prefer a crew cab but an extended cab would suffice. Not really partial to a dually, but long term, that may be beneficial.

In theory, I'd like to keep the tow vehicle around $8,000.


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'98 ZJ - PYB HM 10w40
'02 G20 - QS UD 5w30
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Re: Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) [Re: Dumc87] #4724326
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Are you towing with an open trailer or an enclosed trailer?

Re: Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) [Re: Dumc87] #4724341
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$8k? Good thing your towing a car as you just might need it to get back home.


Wife: 15' Audi A4 quattro 6 speed manual
Me: 13' VW GTI 3 door 6 speed manual
Re: Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) [Re: skyactiv] #4724352
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Used pick-ups and vans are expensive or worn out.
A used tow-worthy vehicle would be more expensive or more worn out.

Renting a tow vehicle as needed might be smart.

Re: Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) [Re: Dumc87] #4724369
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A Suburban or Yukon (speaking of the 00-06 body style) could tow that easily... and are less expensive than used trucks.

Re: Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) [Re: mjk] #4724378
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Originally Posted By: mjk
A Suburban or Yukon (speaking of the 00-06 body style) could tow that easily... and are less expensive than used trucks.



Good point used truck prices are outrageous

https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/l-Used-2008-Ford-Expedition-c8346

Re: Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) [Re: Dumc87] #4724414
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Some of the fellas here are frugal and know where the deals are (copart, oil bargains, etc) so I figure a few could point me in the right direction

My Jeep could probably tow it, but I've been in need of a truck for awhile now


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'98 ZJ - PYB HM 10w40
'02 G20 - QS UD 5w30
'09 Matrix - QS UD 0w20
Re: Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) [Re: Dumc87] #4724472
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Find a soccer mom Suburban or equivalent that has towed nothing but kids.

I bought my 2002 Suburban Z71 5.3 last year for $2000 and have done about $1500 in upgrades and maintenance. It will tow what you need.

Re: Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) [Re: Dumc87] #4724488
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A diesel 3/4 or 1 ton is way overkill for towing that car. Any 1/2 ton, or like mentioned, a Suburban, or a full size van could easily tow it.


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Re: Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) [Re: Dumc87] #4724527
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Some odd vehicles are rated to 6k lbs as well. V8 Pathfinder, Exploder, maybe the V8 4runner? They would tow a car anyways but sounds like you are going to tow more if you are thinking diesel dually.


07 Focus ZXW, 5spd manual, 210km M1 5W30
18 Outback 2.5 CVT 10km 0W20 "bulk subaru" whatever that is
Re: Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) [Re: Dumc87] #4724530
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5000-6000lbs (car and trailer) is within the limits of pretty much any truck out there, even many mid-sized offerings (tacoma, canyon, frontier). Find a body-on-frame SUV (suburban, tahoe, expedition) that has done mall mom duty.

Re: Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) [Re: skyactiv] #4724582
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Originally Posted By: skyactiv
$8k? Good thing your towing a car as you just might need it to get back home.


I didn't pay much more than that for my Excursion with the 7.3. Been a fantastic vehicle that I tow a 27' camp trailer with all summer long. Although, I guess local markets can affect that a lot, but I think the OP could find a reliable vehicle for $8k.


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1990 Nissan 300zx - Castrol Edge Euro 0W-40
2004 Nissan Quest - Pennzoil Platinum Euro 0W-40
2003 Ford Excursion 7.3 PSD - Mobil 1 TDT 5w-40
Re: Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) [Re: Dumc87] #4724585
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Trailblazer/Envoy are GREAT tow vehicles and CHEAP. Try to find a 2WD, not 4WD, though, because if you ever need to work on the engine on the 4WD models the front driveshaft goes THROUGH the oil pan and it's a pain.


2007 Crown Vic P71 4.6 ~126K Miles, Royal Purple HPS 5W-30, Royal Purple Filter, Daily Driver.
2010 Escape FWD 2.5 ~84K Miles, Castrol Edge EP 5W-30, Wix Filter, Rented on Turo.
Re: Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) [Re: Dumc87] #4724614
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So you're talking about a 5K tow package including the tow trailer. Any half ton truck made in the last 20 years will do that. My personal advice would be to find a used 97-03 F150 King Ranch quad cab with the 5.4 2V Triton engine. Very reliable vehicles, nice interior and won't break the bank but be prepared for about 9MPG towing 5K.

Re: Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) [Re: skyactiv] #4724699
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Originally Posted By: skyactiv
$8k? Good thing your towing a car as you just might need it to get back home.


Silly Skyactiv - my 1986 F350 was $400 with a freshly swapped 7.3 in it (guy ran out of money)

The deals are out there if you look for them!!

3700 lb car?!?
ANY 1/2 ton truck can handle that, V6 or V8 -
I used to haul 5,000 lb luxury cars back to Texas
after hurricane Katrina, with my V8 (5.0) Ford Ranger.


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