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Old 01-21-2016, 12:56 PM   #1
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Looking for used 4x4 toad - suggestions?

Hi, I have a Aspect 30C and would like to buy a used 4X4 to tow. I have an Xterra, but it's kind of heavy. I am interested in what other members are towing and if you might have some suggestions on a lighter weight vehicle? I've had some bad experiences in the past with towing and tranny problems, so I'm very cautious. I would like to flat tow. Thanks for your help!
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Old 01-21-2016, 01:29 PM   #2
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FWIW I'm curious too. It does not seem like there are any smaller SUV's left with ground clearance and 4x4.
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Old 01-21-2016, 02:11 PM   #3
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Lots of people including me tow a Jeep Wrangler. They are not that heavy and tow very nicely.
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I bought a Jeep Wrangler. Took several months looking and finally found an 09 with only 23,000 miles on it. Really glad I listened to others on the forum and got the Wrangler.
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Old 01-21-2016, 02:24 PM   #6
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Honda CRV = 3,358 to 3,624 lbs

Jeep Wrangler = 3,879 to 4,921 lbs

Nissan Xterra = 4,140 to 4,425 lbs

I tow a Honda CRV
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Wrangler and Jeep Liberty are both available in true 4X4. For AWD, the Honda CRV and manual trans Subarus are good toads.
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And these are available in 4 wheel drive like the OP is looking for?
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And these are available in 4 wheel drive like the OP is looking for?
Definitely.....in fact, colorado MUST be 4X4 to tow flat (and have the 2 speed transfer case with neutral)
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Hi, I have a Aspect 30C and would like to buy a used 4X4 to tow. I have an Xterra, but it's kind of heavy. I am interested in what other members are towing and if you might have some suggestions on a lighter weight vehicle? I've had some bad experiences in the past with towing and tranny problems, so I'm very cautious. I would like to flat tow. Thanks for your help!
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Well Sir, as you can read, there's a few 4x4s on the market that can be flat towed. But by far, obviously the most common one is the Jeep. Now, just which "jeep" to choose for your endeavor, well, there's some things either we (as the ones trying to help here) or you, the one that will be ultimately using it, need to know before you really narrow it down. This of course is depending IF you choose a Jeep in the first place.

Cost is a driving factor for many. And that means older. Just how old, well, it depends on what you're willing to spend. 99.9999% of the time, newer means better technology, more efficient, better fuel mileage, better suspension, and quite a bit more. But, newer means more cost. If cost is not a factor, then, you now have to determine what level of a Jeep you might like.

And with that is, what's the intent of this "4x4"? Are you planning on actually running around in the "outback"? That is, doing actually four wheel drive type off roading? To go a step further, what kind of four wheeling, light, medium or, in to more what's called "hard core" stuff. I could go on for hours here trying to help you understand or, help with you making a decision. But, you need to ask what this 4x4 will be used for. Will it be half and half, road and on road?

And, "hard core" doesn't really mean "rock crawling" as some think. Hard core can be fun, challenging trails, areas, mountain roads with some tougher spots and that kind of stuff.

But, if all you plan on is a light dirt road once in a while or, maybe a run to a local ski resort and you think you need 4-by for that, then you certainly don't need the higher tech ones like a Rubicon model. We kind-a need to know what the intent of this 4x4 is to be used for.
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I thought I responded but don't find it. Looking for used you might consider a Suzuki Samurai or Sidekick. Small, light economic and fun to drive. I towed a sidekick for a few years but wanted more space.
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We've been towing both a 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee and a 1998 Chevy Tracker (Suzuki Sidekick) behind our 2004 Journey 36G. You can't tell the Tracker is there at just under 3000lbs. At around 4500lbs, the Cherokee is obvious on long grades, but still not an anchor. We're just getting ready to trade the Tracker out for a 2005 Subaru Forester (manual) because of other driving considerations. The Tracker is a fantastic TOAD, but I also use it for a commuter, and the Subie is just a bit more plush.

Tracker/Sidekicks are cheap and reliable, and have both 4-wheel high and low range. In the winter, I very rarely use 4X4. The engine is a 1.6 to 1.8L. Sufficient for highway driving, but it will be wound out, and you will not carry a heavy load. Parts are also getting harder to find on the earlier models. I'll actually hate to see this one go, but I think the Forester will suit us better when we are not towing it. One note on the Tracker/Sidekicks if you decide to go older: Look for a manual, and be prepared to change out the automatic front hubs for manual hubs.
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