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Old 11-19-2005, 10:44 PM
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Tow vehicle question

Hi all,
Am shopping for a new tow vehicle for my MC X-9. Because of work and family needs, need to get an SUV. Am considering a Chev Tahoe or a Dodge Durango. Boat/trailer wt is about 4100lbs. Any suggestions?
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Old 11-19-2005, 11:22 PM
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Hi all,
Am shopping for a new tow vehicle for my MC X-9. Because of work and family needs, need to get an SUV. Am considering a Chev Tahoe or a Dodge Durango. Boat/trailer wt is about 4100lbs. Any suggestions?
I don't know about the Durango. Assuming you're talking about 4WD, a Tahoe would work fine as a tow vehicle, but make sure you get the towing package because you'll definitely want the oil tranny cooler and stiffer rear suspension and 7 lead connector. I'd also recommend the 4.10 rear end.
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Old 11-20-2005, 12:07 AM
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I pull my '02 197 with an '05 Durango. I love the room! The third seat is actually comfortable for adults. It tows really well, brakes well, handles the trailer well...well I do wish I got the Hemi. The 4.7 struggles a bit on the hills.

We go on several day/overnight trips with our 2 kids and their friends each summer and travel for hockey about every weekend durin gthe season. The roominess really comes in handy at the end of the trip when they start getting on each other's nerves.

Knock on wood we haven't had any problems. The fit and finish is very good, although they did over do it with the plastics.
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Old 11-20-2005, 03:39 AM
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Chevy all the way

I would say go with the Chevy or even consider a GMC. The Dodge, if you were to go with a Hemi, would not be good on MPG.
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Old 11-20-2005, 08:15 AM
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I pull my 05 X-Star with an 05 Durango hemi, no problem with power and as far as gas mileage, 12mpg pulling that heavy thing and close to 17mpg back and forth to work. What milleage does the Tahoe get pulling a boat?
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Old 11-20-2005, 08:21 AM
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If you don't need the 3rd row of seats, give a good look at a crew cab pickup. I would go with a bench 40/60 seat up front so you can still haul 6 when needed.
If you need the 3rd row, I am partial to the Expidition or maybe even the Explorer.
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Old 11-20-2005, 08:36 AM
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I would check out the Toyota Sequoia, but I am biased. May not have the highest power rating and all the different powertrain options, but it will pull your X9 just fine, as is the overall quality and long-term durability.
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Old 11-20-2005, 09:50 AM
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Hi all,
Am shopping for a new tow vehicle for my MC X-9. Because of work and family needs, need to get an SUV. Am considering a Chev Tahoe or a Dodge Durango. Boat/trailer wt is about 4100lbs. Any suggestions?

If you go with a GM product, get nothing less than the 5.3 ltr. and 3.73's in the rear. Anything less, you'll probably be disappointed.
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Old 11-20-2005, 10:24 AM
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I'm with you Tom, I can't think of a reason to buy anything else!



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I would check out the Toyota Sequoia, but I am biased. May not have the highest power rating and all the different powertrain options, but it will pull your X9 just fine, as is the overall quality and long-term durability.
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Old 11-20-2005, 10:37 AM
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I would say go with the Chevy or even consider a GMC.


Chevy Tahoe is the exact same vehicle as a GMC Yukon with a slight change in sheet metal styling and a slight rearrangement of option packages.
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