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Old 11-27-2015, 11:46 AM   #11
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My favorite radio automotive advice guys (and comedians) "Click and Clack" used to say if you own 2 vehicles, have one be a travel vehicle and one a local use vehicle. The travel vehicle should be the newest and by far the most reliable. The local use vehicle can be older and less reliable, since if it does break down, you are still close to home and your known/trusted local mechanic. So, if it were me, I'd make my tow be the newer more reliable and save money on a "local use" vehicle. As Donna would say, YMMV.
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Old 11-27-2015, 12:01 PM   #12
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My RAV4 is still going strong after more than 127,000 miles on it, more than half towing. I do use synthetic oil (not required for the 2010) and change the transmission fluid every 30,000 miles. I will probably look at replacing it in the Spring, but other than routine maintenance (and brakes), I've only had to replace one axle seal & one O2 sensor.
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Old 11-27-2015, 12:14 PM   #13
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My RAV4 is still going strong after more than 127,000 miles on it, more than half towing. I do use synthetic oil (not required for the 2010) and change the transmission fluid every 30,000 miles. I will probably look at replacing it in the Spring, but other than routine maintenance (and brakes), I've only had to replace one axle seal & one O2 sensor.
John, that's why I have a hard time getting myself to buy other brands than Toyota. Several friends with old Camry's at 200K+ with no real problems. A buddy bought my old 90 Corolla wagon and almost got it to 300K with no significant work done to it, but the body/frame rusted out to unsafe levels before he could make quite make it - another Wisconsin road salt premature departure.

And no, I honestly am NOT trying to start any auto brand arguments.....
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Old 11-27-2015, 12:21 PM   #14
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I would get older tow vehicle if I could reasonably do most repairs myself. I can't so I don't.
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Old 11-27-2015, 12:28 PM   #15
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Since we left the VW era decades ago, we have only had Hondas and Toyotas. The reason: I had asked a friend of mine who owns an auto parts store for recommendations, and he said that he sells the fewest repair parts for Hondas and Toyotas. The reliability and economy of both have confirmed that assessment.
So, when we went looking for a T.V. (Tow Vehicle) for our new Escape 17, made a list of possible choices, and found the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander at the top, we weren't surprised. Ended up driving about 150 miles to get a well cared-for 2011 Pilot. It had 80,000 miles (all road miles) on it, so it's practically new.
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Old 11-27-2015, 01:38 PM   #16
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Newer vehicles may be better .. Or worse. Purchase Consumer Reports yearly auto issue and keep it handy for reference. At the moment I tow with a 2004 4Runner with 71,000 miles. Purchased 5 years ago with 41,000 miles. For pleasure I drive a 2004 Avalon with 145,000. Bought it 4 years ago with 110,000. Excellent vehicles as predicted by Consumers Report.

Splurged and bought a brand new 2000 GMC Jimmy to pull the scamp. Saw it in the "cars to avoid in CR a few years later. By then I knew it was a dog. The worse vehicle I ever owned.

Use a trusted source like CR an take your time sorting through 4-5 year old cars. That's what I do .. And recommend.
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Old 11-27-2015, 01:41 PM   #17
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For the trip vehicle we went with new. A lot of our trips end up being in lonely, large expanses of the west and breaking down out there creates one big hassle. But this isn't saying that a new vehicle can't fail also, it's just the odds of it not doing so are better. And with a planned trip to Alaska, reliability is very important. I have two spare tires for the trailer and will get another for the truck. Am I paranoid? Better to have and not need than need and not have. Loren
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Old 11-27-2015, 01:54 PM   #18
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Steve I think you need to buy what YOU like, need, can afford and will do the job etc. Ask 100 people what to buy and you will probably get 125 different answers. LOL

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Old 11-27-2015, 02:11 PM   #19
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I'd buy a used Toyota with proper service records without blinking an eye. Great article to read

Toyota Recalls 1993 Camry Due To Fact That Owners Really Should Have Bought Something New By Now - The Onion - America's Finest News Source
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Old 11-27-2015, 03:19 PM   #20
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And with a planned trip to Alaska, reliability is very important. I have two spare tires for the trailer and will get another for the truck. Am I paranoid?
Been there, done that, probably worst case, you don't need one of the spares.

In my case I found out the hard way that my truck, "full size spare" was still only a temporary use tire. Depends where you go in Alaska whether you need a second spare and yes, I know there will be some that say they went to Alaska and never had a flat tire.

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