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camperdave

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Posted: 09/06/19 02:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

carringb wrote:

The Ford Hybrids (Fusion & C-Max) are very reliable, and popular for flat towing. Both are available as plug-in hybrids, which doesn't add any price premium used, but does eat up cargo space. I think a plug-in would be nice as a toad, since you can quietly glide through campgrounds on all-electric.


at 88k miles, our 2014 Fusion Energi (plug in) is going in for it's third transmission (never used as a toad, it's my wife's commuter car). Other than the trans, it's been a great car! [emoticon]

All under warranty, but still. As a toad though, I'd have concern about the weight, the clearance (it is a low sitting car), and the complete lack of trunk space.

If I were buying a toad, it'd be an 07-11 CRV.


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Posted: 09/06/19 02:28pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

K Charles.... According to Matorhome Dinghy Guide... NONE of the HYUNDAIs are flat towable.
Are you FLAT TOWING yours ?

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Posted: 09/06/19 07:29pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We tow my wifes 2013 Ford Explorer. does just fine.

As far as Jeeps, well the Wranglers and Grand Cherokee`s are good vehicles. the Cherokee, Compass and Renegade are Fiat based cars and I wouldn't wish that ownership on my worst enemy.....well maybe I would. my next vehicle will be a 4 door wrangler.


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Posted: 09/06/19 07:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We towed a 2001 Malibu, which had engine issues galore. We now tow a Ford Edge Sport which has been a wonderful car. Have friends who tow Wranglers. They are not garbage.


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Posted: 09/07/19 05:07am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I thank ALL who are responding , but Please realize that I am not here to pick fights about YOUR personal choice of car.
I read & absorb EVERY comment , and value each one.... however , as with all things in life, seemingly equal experiences have WIDE variations of results.
Car Complaints website does show TRENDS of cars and their typical flaws.
SOME... like Explorers & Jeeps ... are off the charts / BAD , and others have mixed reviews.
While SOME may not live DOWN to expectations or trends , It pays to avoid them.

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Posted: 09/07/19 05:34am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When we replaced our 2003 Ford Sport Trac a few years ago, the hunt was on. The ST served us well, but she had 167,000 miles on her and another 100,000 towed and our mechanic told us the timing chains were starting to rattle, so we retired the old gal in 2016. We opted for a 2014 Ford Flex. It's all wheel drive but is flat towable. We needed room for a spare tire for the Phaeton. . . needed 39 inches in the back end. It was about the only car that qualified and the trucks are all being built so big and heavy. The Flex has third row seating so when we arrive at the grandkids, we can haul everyone.

We've towed the Flex 10,000 miles a year behind the Phaeton since then and nary a problem. Tows well, drive like a dream and while I have heard them called "toasters on wheels" I nicked named ours the Oster Toaster.

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Posted: 09/07/19 05:52am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Scottiemom .... Thank you for the response.
The FLEX is on my list of possibilities , and I like the looks of it.

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I, too, am in "The Jeep Wrangler isn't all that bad!" camp. Mine has nearly 200K miles, and has been fairly trouble free.
Yes, J-E-E-P DOES stand for "Just Empty Every Pocket", but that is because of all the aftermarket accessories that are available to put on a Wrangler. I know of people who bought new Wrangler Rubicons and wound up with over $50,000 in accessories on them!
However, since the OP is not at all interested in any Jeep, and wants a toad that will have few problems (there is NO vehicle that never has a problem), I can only recommend what used to be considered the ultimate towed vehicle: A Volkswagen Beetle, the original. A towbar designed specifically for the car is readily available, for less than $200. The car is light, with no towing restrictions. There are various iterations that can be found, with a little searching: The standard Beetle, the Super Beetle, a 2 seat Manx or similar vehicle, a 4 seat Manx or similar, the Thing (expensive), the Karmann Ghia (hardtop or roadster), etc.
Any of the above can be found fully restored to better than factory new condition, with a little searching.
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Posted: 09/07/19 09:30am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Flat towing our Jeep Liberty
110,000 on the clock with only brakes and calipers.
Our third Jeep is on order now.


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Posted: 09/07/19 11:24am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Richard_999 wrote:

K Charles.... According to Matorhome Dinghy Guide... NONE of the HYUNDAIs are flat towable.
Are you FLAT TOWING yours ?

It's a standard shift and yes we tow it 4 down. Hyundai says to turn off the radio and heater so you don't run the battery down and there is no speed limit for towing.





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