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I just traded my ‘02 Dodge Ram SLT Quad cab with 75,000 miles on it and got 6,500 for it. Dealer planned to sell it for about 8,000. I traded because it had some funky spit/sputter thing going on. But, I loved that truck. I guess I’d look for something like that, if just looking for an around home tow vehicle. (And awesome for hauling mulch and other misc stuff you always wish you had a truck for)Any suggestions for a inexpensive tow Vehicle around $5000.
Was considered a early 2000s Toyota Tundra or GM suv, your thoughts?
Those new Patrol based Armadas/Infinity are really nice, I believe @MrMoose likes his towing a AR240 across the continent (and back).I don't work on cars, but I have an inexpensive mechanic. I have a few months to figure something out. I'm considering trading in the MDX for a new Nissan armada.
@AlphaKap , the "stupid plate" is just a bumper insert that affixes with two bolt/screws. The idea is that if you don't tow, or don't tow often, you can remove your ball mount and install the insert so that your receiver is hidden and your bumper looks nice. This contrasts to the situation where you have a bumper cut-out that always shows your tow receiver. I personally like the idea. I take 2 minutes to install my insert at the end of the towing season so that salt and grime doesn't build up in my receiver area over the winter months. If I lived somewhere where I towed regularly, I'd leave the insert off. I think that it's smart.The Armada has some stupid plate you have to remove for the receiver.
They seem like one of the better priced full size SUV's (the prices on these vehicles are crazy). I would like a new Expedition but unless they start getting close to 20k off the sticker I'm out. Glad to hear you like it, may have to go look at one. How is the mileage when not towing?@Jimxo, I have zero complaints with my Armada other than the fact that the infotainment is old-tech relative to others in its class. I've had it for about a year and a half with no problems. It tows beautifully, even while loaded up with stuff. My primary reason for picking the Armada was that about a year and a half ago, I did a 100 hour (two thirds with the AR240 in tow) road trip with it (Calgary, Houston, Ft. Lauderdale, Grand Canyon, Lake Powell). In my opinion, the only vehicle that would have made the road trip more enjoyable would have been the Cadillac Escalade Ext, but I couldn't justify the $$. I also think that the Cadi is better looking.
I advise quite the contrary. Find a truck with the AFM system that is having problems and have it disabled/deleted. There are some easy "tricks" to getting the lifters "unstuck", and then a $100 device that lives in the OBD2 port will disable the AFM system completely.If you want cheap cheap then you can buy a old chevy truck before they went to the crappy AFM system that has oiling issues.
That sounds like an ideal situation. But I think there is some risk involved with that because it's not a guarantee that disabling to AFM is going to get rid of the engine noise. There was a time that I would take a risk like that because I was a mechanic and had access to a lift and garage. Everything else was time and labor. Now I don't have any of those thingsI advise quite the contrary. Find a truck with the AFM system that is having problems and have it disabled/deleted. There are some easy "tricks" to getting the lifters "unstuck", and then a $100 device that lives in the OBD2 port will disable the AFM system completely.
You can find trucks that "need a new engine" pretty cheap, and the repairs are simple and quick. Know of a couple guys that have newer suburbans and Tahoe's that were bought this way. Kinda wish I would've done the same thing in hindsight!
Get the v8 if you were to pull anything.. Well I looked up tow ratings and something changed from 2018 to 2019. 2018 v6 was 3500 tow capacity. So I don't know then.
2005+? I would find a Jeep with a hemi. I personally decided against the Grand Cherokee because it is unibody and I didn't like the interior styling. It felt dated to me. The 2011+ is likely out of your $5000 budget.
Certainly there is some risk in this approach. If you can drive the vehicle, put it in D or M5 (depending on trans indicator). That will keep it from attempting AFM activation. You can usually hear the lifter noise go away. The fix is pulling a valve cover, pulling the culprit rocker off, and using an old longer pushrod and hammer to "tap" the lifter down, usually releasing the AFM springs, and solving the issue. Then either tune or otherwise disable AFM, and the rest of the engine is left with a lot of life remaining.That sounds like an ideal situation. But I think there is some risk involved with that because it's not a guarantee that disabling to AFM is going to get rid of the engine noise. There was a time that I would take a risk like that because I was a mechanic and had access to a lift and garage. Everything else was time and labor. Now I don't have any of those things