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« Reply #15 on: July 29, 2011, 08:14:42 pm »

Ya Billy, we sure do.
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« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2011, 07:38:49 am »

09 Honda CRV 4 wheels down.  Great toad with kayaks on top and bikes on the back.
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« Reply #17 on: October 20, 2011, 08:06:19 pm »

soo. 4 new glow plugs, new fan switch for radiator, new fuse for fan inside, and new computer.... oh by the way a short in the wiring system.  Lots of money later still have this diesel money pit.. Have soo much into this vehicle now, have to run it through winter.....

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« Reply #18 on: November 03, 2011, 05:53:55 pm »

Does anyone tow 4 down a Subaru Forester? I read varying reports about if this is even possible.
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« Reply #19 on: November 06, 2011, 04:32:50 pm »

I have used this site several times to determine what can be towed 4 down.  Customer Service is also very good and accommodating ( 1-800-228-2481  ).  They will tell what needs to be done and why if it can't be done.

Best to get the answer directly from the horse's mouth.

http://www.remcotowing.com/vehicles

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« Reply #20 on: November 07, 2011, 06:31:38 pm »

03 Honda CRV 4 down.
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« Reply #21 on: December 17, 2011, 01:39:14 am »

I'm with Dave and others - have owned Jeeps - loved 'em - but did not enjoy being nickeled and dimed to death on repairs and service.

Currently have an '07 Rav-4 AWD.  Great deal - sis was dating the sales manager!  NOT a 4-down tow.  How was I to know what I would need later?

Would personally choose either a CRV or a Fit stick when I "go for it".  Or any other stick shift econobox, for that matter.
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« Reply #22 on: December 29, 2011, 10:35:45 pm »

Update"

Jeep Liberty diesel dead and buried.  New car is a subaru forrester, nice improvement.  Not towable.

Have permission from dw to put tow hooks on her mini cooper convertible 6 speed manual......it is a lot lighter than the jeep.  Probably won't notice it behind the rv.

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« Reply #23 on: December 30, 2011, 05:55:36 am »

mciai2000 -

So - your Forester is an auto?

My Rav-4 was only available as an auto.  And frankly, as I am solidly within the Chicago area, don't know I'd choose anything else.  One needs to smoke, drink and text as we roll along!  SERIOUSLY - am kidding about texting!

Yet still, I WANT TO SHIFT!

To paraphrase George Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life", "Please God - I want to shift!"

LOL!
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« Reply #24 on: December 30, 2011, 05:58:41 am »

PS - the "Mini"?

OMG - how much fun with that sucker?!

A few hours with that baby - could entirely forget the Subie purchase!

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« Reply #25 on: December 30, 2011, 07:02:51 am »

We used to tow a tiny little red 2-seater convertible, a 2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder.  That was a lot of fun for sight-seeing.  It was small and light weight which made it a very easy tow vehicle.  Unfortunately we found ourselves doing things with that car that it was not designed for.  The last trip with it, we drove down in and out of dry rocky river beds to get to a trail head, and drove a very rough 40 miles sight-seeing dirt road, both which were naturally hard on the car.  Our adventures got us thinking a 4x4 would be a much smarter tow vehicle.  Since my wife's daily driver was in-need of replacement, she got to pick the easy-tow 4x4.  She loved the styling of the 1st generation Liberty, and the rest is history with that one.  I ended up selling the 2000 MR2 and bought a 2003 A/E Corvette convertible for my around-town fun car.

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« Reply #26 on: January 03, 2012, 09:48:30 pm »

@downbytheriver-  Mini is soooo fun to drive and can haul dw, me and two kids with ease.  Great fuel economy too.  Drop the top and it does not get any better.

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« Reply #27 on: January 04, 2012, 07:31:02 pm »

And Dave?

Thanks so much for your comments regarding your ownership experience of your Liberty CRD!

A somewhat local dealer had an amazingly pristine and low-mileage example on the lot for what seemed an amazingly realistic price.  An available toad that I've obsessed and mooned over for countless hours.  Until now.  Now I don't feel so bad.

Yet it would seem that your own personal experience on engine maintenance only further compounds we past and previous Jeep owners' general surliness!

Sigh!

If only there were a good, reliable, fiscally-economical full-down standard 4x4 diesel available us!

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« Reply #28 on: January 04, 2012, 07:47:45 pm »

mciai2000/Dave -

Will have to check out the Mini again at the next Chicago Auto Show -

My general recollection was that it was roomy enough in front - yet feedback from various publications and a neighbor was that at least in the early years, repairs/reliability were suspect.  Although willing to bet not as bad as a garden-variety Jeep, and much less, a CRD.

Ron - wish you still had "Mr. 2".  Would have been an eager tire-kicker, if not buyer!

Final comment?  In the end, we must all grow up, I guess.  Who hasn't fantasized over having a final-year Mercedes 560SL?  Low miles, pristine AND affordable?

Sigh!  While waiting for my RAV-4 being dealer serviced, found the 560 of my dreams out on the sales floor, and tried it on for size.

OMG - could anything be SMALLER or more archaic in the cockpit?  At least I now know, should I desire a "classic" touring convertible, I'd be better off with a late-2000's Thunderbird!

OTOH, haven't yet planted my ass in a TR6.


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« Reply #29 on: January 05, 2012, 08:21:38 am »

We tow a Chevy HHR and love it.  Tows great four-wheels-down and automatic.  With rear seats folded down, we can pile the back full of stuff that wont fit in the PC (grill, etc.) and the five dark rear windows hide it all.  Blue Ox tow bar.  You sit upright like an SUV.  The wife says it's her favorite car ever.
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