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Looking for used tow Vehicle (242x)

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38
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31
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Location
Western Springs, IL
Boat Make
Yamaha
Year
2019
Boat Model
242 Limited S E-Series
Boat Length
24
#1
Any suggestions for a inexpensive tow Vehicle around $5000.

Was considered a early 2000s Toyota Tundra or GM suv, your thoughts?

TIA
 

BigAbe75

Jet Boat Junkie
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128
Location
Litchfield, IL
Boat Make
Yamaha
Year
2011
Boat Model
SX
Boat Length
21
#2
Any suggestions for a inexpensive tow Vehicle around $5000.

Was considered a early 2000s Toyota Tundra or GM suv, your thoughts?

TIA
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)

I traded to a ‘11 F250 quad cab w long bed. Geez, it tows well and can haul a lot. Don’t see myself going back to a 1/2 ton for quite awhile.
 

2kwik4u

Jet Boat Junkie
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143
Location
Georgetown, IN
Boat Make
Yamaha
Year
2017
Boat Model
AR
Boat Length
19
#3
Requirements for people hauled?

GM Fullsize SUV is a great choice IMO. They're tough as nails, easy to work on, and tow really well. Not gonna get the latest tech, or all the lane assist and that kind of stuff, but they'll get you to the lake and back for not much money.

This one needs a little TLC, but would pull your boat around just fine and still has some life left in it. Many more examples out there of this vintage/condition in this $5k range. Make sure you get one with the 3.73 rear gears (check the RPO codes in the glove box to verify), the ones with the 3.42's are only rated at like 4,600lbs or something. Mine was rated at 7,800lbs I think.

I had a 2003 Yukon. Bought it with 18k miles, traded away for a Focus (what a bad move that was) in 2012 with 186k miles. I think I put spark plugs, intake gasket, A/C compressor, Fan resistor bank, and a wheel bearing on it. The rest was just regular maintenance items (oil change, trans fluid, rear diff fluid, brakes/pads, etc) over the 4 years or so I had it. Towed car trailers as far south as El Paso, and as far north as Milwaukee. Made several vacation trips to the beach in South Carolina. Was a great vehicle for us, traded it because my commute went from 10 mi/day to 112mi/day and that was right when gas was nearing $4/gal. Once towed a 28ft enclosed trailer to South Bend in January. Ambient temps never got above 0deg F and the trans never broke 100deg F for the full loaded trip. Was a really good SUV.

With that said, I'm in a full size pickup now, and will never go back to an SUV. $800 locking and waterproof cover gives me all the dry storage I need, has the same number of seats as my Yukon, gets a little better mileage, and the visibility is much better. That same early '00's vintage GM pickup can be found for much less cash, but watch out for rust and high (over 250k) miles.

How mechanically inclined are you and how much time do you have? A good friend of mind has a '95 Tahoe that we have literally been trying to destroy for the last few years. We've done some pretty harsh things to it, and it's still running just fine. He drove it without coolant for 3 days this winter because it was too cold to fix the hose and deal with it outside and he wanted to see if it would survive. It's got like 450k miles on it now and is still running. If you have some time to put some effort into a machine, these can be found for $1k or less.
 
Messages
38
Ratings
31
Points
6
Location
Western Springs, IL
Boat Make
Yamaha
Year
2019
Boat Model
242 Limited S E-Series
Boat Length
24
#4
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.
 
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878
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239 24
Points
108
Location
Morehead city nc
Boat Make
Yamaha
Year
2018
Boat Model
AR
Boat Length
24
#5
i personally like something strong enough to pull my boat without feeling it back there. If you buy something small your gonna have reliability issues unless you only tow around town. Just my opinion.
 

swatski

Jetboaters Fleet Admiral
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Location
Saint Louis, MO
Boat Make
Yamaha
Year
2016
Boat Model
AR
Boat Length
24
#6
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.
Those new Patrol based Armadas/Infinity are really nice, I believe @MrMoose likes his towing a AR240 across the continent (and back).
Along those lines, I would also consider Toyota Sequoia, they released it in black with TRD trim - kind of awesome. We almost got one but ended up going in a different direction. The new 4Runners at best borderline for short tows w/ a 240, unfortunately.

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Messages
284
Ratings
197 1
Points
103
Location
Berkeley Heights, NJ/Lake Wallenpaupack, PA
Boat Make
Yamaha
Year
2006
Boat Model
SX
Boat Length
21
#8
Do a search on CarGurus. Easy way to see what's for sale in your area. You can set a price/mileage range so it filters out vehicles out of your range.
 

JeffVans

Well-Known Member
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292
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Points
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Location
Zion Crossroads, Va
Boat Make
Yamaha
Year
2016
Boat Model
242 Limited S E-Series
Boat Length
24
#9
I have a cheap 2003 Chevy 1/2 ton Z-71 that I only use for towing the boat and hauling other stuff. I was using my 2011 Grand Cherokee which towed it boat great, but I just traded it in for a Wrangler, so now my tow vehicle is truly just a tow vehicle. lol You can pick them up pretty cheap. $5000 will get a pretty decent one $7000 will get a NICE one. They last forever. The older 5.3L before they put the displacement management system in (or whatever its called) are virtually indestructible if you keep the oil changed. Mine has over 200k my friends has ~500k and he finally just had the transmission go out. lol If you can do some work yourself, you could have a great cheap truck. I bought mine for $300 from a lady at work that didn't want to pay to fix it and didn't know what was wrong with it. I bought it sight unseen and had it running in 2 days (had bad cats). Did a tune-up, changed O2 sensors and gutted the cats. I'm in if for under $1000 and have used it to deliver ~$400 worth of firewood this winter to co-workers, so its almost a free truck. hahahaha
 

MrMoose

Jetboaters Captain
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Location
Calgary, AB, Canada
Boat Make
Yamaha
Year
2015
Boat Model
AR
Boat Length
24
#10
The Armada has some stupid plate you have to remove for the receiver.
@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.
 

MrMoose

Jetboaters Captain
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Location
Calgary, AB, Canada
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Yamaha
Year
2015
Boat Model
AR
Boat Length
24
#11
@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.
 

SCP1

Jet Boat Addict
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550
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Location
DeForest, WI
Boat Make
Yamaha
Year
2017
Boat Model
AR195
Boat Length
19
#12
@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.
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?
 
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