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Old 08-06-2008, 12:09 PM
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Need help finding tow vehicle

I need to replace my 2004 Toyota Sequoia as the lease is ending. I am very satisfied with the truck in general but the inside of the rear door and hatch is all rusted and I claim that it is due to poor design of the back window seals but Toyota refused to pay for it. All of this to say that I will not buy another Toyota.

I have 4 children so we are always 6 in the truck plus luggage and 2 coolers. I am considering the Yukon XL and the Expedition EL (Max in Canada). I find the seating in the 3rd row of the Yukon very low on the floor.

My other choices for a smaller truck would be the Honda Pilot or the Buick Enclave which have reasonable trunks when you fold the 2/3 of the 3rd row. My worry is the towing capacity of those vehicles. I bought a new X2 2008 and my dealer tells me that it weights with trailer and gas and gear close to 5,000 pounds.

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Old 08-06-2008, 12:14 PM
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that is kind of weird about the rusting. i owned a 01 and 05 sequoia and never had that issue.

i bought a 07 tahoe when they first came out. a much better improvement over the previous body style of the tahoe, but not a whole lot of leg room in the 2nd and 3rd row.

that being said when the 08 sequoia came out i went and test drove one. all i can really say is wow. tons of room, lexus like ride and plenty of power to pull the boat.

i know have 7K miles on it and it has been great.
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Old 08-06-2008, 12:25 PM
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When in doubt, going with a bigger vehicle is generally better, as you never want the item you are pulling to control the vehicle pulling it. If you are not towing much at all, then you can probably get away with a smaller vehicle, where the towing capacity is closer to the weight you are looking to pull, but if you plan any trips, you will appreciate the better control and stopping ability that typically comes with a larger vehicle like a Yukon.
Personally, I tow with a 2006 GMC 2500HD Crew Cab 4x4 Diesel and love it.
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Old 08-06-2008, 12:32 PM
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I've got an '05 X9 that I tow with an '07 Suburban. I love it...tows with ease, even on steep, slippery ramps, and has a ton of room. I've got 3 kids and a dog, and never have a problem with kids, dog, luggage, etc.

We've also used it as the "designated driver" vehicle with friends when we go out for a night on the town. 4 couples, so we have had 3 people in the 3rd row. We put the smallest one's back there, and they don't complain about it.
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Old 08-06-2008, 12:46 PM
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Old 08-06-2008, 12:48 PM
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Old 08-06-2008, 01:57 PM
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We pull our 2002 Maristar 210 with a 2008 Chevrolet Suburban. The 2008 replaced a 2001 GMC Yukon XL. The Suburban is almost identical to the Yukon XL - main difference is the front end (headlights and grill). The Suburban pulls the boat with ease. A couple of features I like on the Suburban is the back up camera, which makes hooking up the trailer very easy, and the third row seat now is 50/50 so you can fold down half of the third row seat if you want. My kids like the fact that the second row seats can be folded up by the push of a button. My five year old spent twenty minutes in the truck pushing the button to make the seats fold down and then pulling them back up and doing it all over again. This feature makes access to the third seat really easy for the kids. We didn't look at the Ford because we have had such good luck with the Suburbans/Yukons in the past.

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Old 08-06-2008, 02:22 PM
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my yukon xl works great!!!!!!
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Old 08-06-2008, 02:31 PM
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I love my 3/4 Yukon XL, too! I have the 8.1L so it pulls like a Mack Truck.....in exchange for a little fuel

If gas is a concern, I think the 1/2 suburban (Yukon XL) is a great choice.

GM has really refined these trucks. If money is nothing to you, get the Yukon XL Denali. It has the larger 6.2L engine and a 6 speed. The standard suburbans have teh 5.3L and 4 speed only. The Denali is also all-wheel-drive.
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Old 08-06-2008, 02:46 PM
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The big SUV's are really cheap now, could not have picked a better time to buy one. For your needs, the Expedition or Yukon should work great. We ship a bunch of vehicles over to Canada, feel free to contact me bhowell@howellford.com if I can help.

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