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Old 07-31-2013, 12:59 PM   #1
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Selling my truck...what to replace it?

Selling my F350...don't really need a truck, but they're awfully nice to have when you need one. I need something to replace it, but not sure what to look at. I think my criteria are as follows:

I'd like to be able to tow a small trailer...lets say total of 1500-3000 pounds including cargo.
4WD/AWD would be nice, but not a requirement (FWD would be OK as an alternative)
Room for 5 or more, comfy, quiet would be great.
Cargo room in the back....trunk or hatch...folding seats maybe?
Good MPG...high 20s or better...more is better...
Decent looking (subjective, I know)
Auto trans, power windows, cruise and AC.
Driver's seat that adjusts up and down...power or manually
Safe...

What do you think I should consider?

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Old 07-31-2013, 01:27 PM   #2
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New or used?
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:31 PM   #3
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New or used?
What's your budget?
New or used

$30k?
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:34 PM   #4
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:46 PM   #5
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Subaru Outback.

Not an SUV (+ points in my book)

Pulls 2 road bikes on the trailer

Good storage room

Consistent 27+mpg

Change to 4 snow tires in winter- pulls through LOTS of snow.

Quiet, comfortable
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:52 PM   #6
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:05 PM   #7
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:13 PM   #8
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...don't really need a truck, but they're awfully nice to have when you need one.
I agree! I test drove a few '12/'13 Ram Laramie Longhorns last weekend.
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:16 PM   #9
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VW toureg with a TDI
I knew someone would go there!
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:44 PM   #10
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Old 07-31-2013, 04:36 PM   #11
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I agree! I test drove a few '12/'13 Ram Laramie Longhorns last weekend.
Diesel Ram 1500 this fall. Supposed to get 26-28 mpg on the highway, might want to wait for that.

I have gone through the same thought process as you a few times Z, and the best I have come up with is a used Cadillac Deville . Front wheel drive, pretty good MPG, can tow a few thousand pounds, you can fit 5 dead hookers in the trunk, plus the Harlem Globetrotters in the back seat.
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:23 PM   #12
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Subaru Outback.

Not an SUV (+ points in my book)

Pulls 2 road bikes on the trailer

Good storage room

Consistent 27+mpg

Change to 4 snow tires in winter- pulls through LOTS of snow.

Quiet, comfortable
Just back from driving a 2011 Outback Premium. Wow....I hadn't even considered a Subie, but this thing was fantastic. *Very* quiet, ride is Cadillac smooth, plenty of power, CVT is cool...huge inside, seats were very good and heated! It's on the list!

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Diesel Ram 1500 this fall. Supposed to get 26-28 mpg on the highway, might want to wait for that.

I have gone through the same thought process as you a few times Z, and the best I have come up with is a used Cadillac Deville . Front wheel drive, pretty good MPG, can tow a few thousand pounds, you can fit 5 dead hookers in the trunk, plus the Harlem Globetrotters in the back seat.
I've been eying the CTS 4 models...sat in a few...very, very slick, but I've read about issues with the 3.6 and some drivetrain vibration issues...not sure it's for me...plus I only have 4 dead hookers so....
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:29 PM   #13
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Any car that you like driving and has the ability to tow a 4x8 trailer. That's as big as any pickup bed out there. Bonus points if the car is a hatchback or wagon type vehicle, you will find you don't use the trailer much. After having owned a pickup constantly for almost 20 years, I sold my last one a little over 2 years ago. I have a car that can tow 3500lbs and a 5x10 utility trailer. Other than a few times that it was inconvenient to hook up the trailer when I needed to haul something bulky or dirty, I haven't missed the truck one bit.

As a bonus the car loaded to the gills towing its max trailer limit at 65mph gets better MPG than the truck did empty at the same speed.
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:35 PM   #14
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Any car that you like driving and has the ability to tow a 4x8 trailer. That's as big as any pickup bed out there. Bonus points if the car is a hatchback or wagon type vehicle, you will find you don't use the trailer much. After having owned a pickup constantly for almost 20 years, I sold my last one a little over 2 years ago. I have a car that can tow 3500lbs and a 5x10 utility trailer. Other than a few times that it was inconvenient to hook up the trailer when I needed to haul something bulky or dirty, I haven't missed the truck one bit.

As a bonus the car loaded to the gills towing its max trailer limit at 65mph gets better MPG than the truck did empty at the same speed.
Ya, I've had trucks and sold them over the years. Handy, but a car and a trailer is better in most cases. I bought this truck solely to tow our 37' fifth wheel. Since we sold that there is no reason to have a huge diesel truck sitting around. I have a 7 X16 trailer now, but really I can sell that and buy a 5 X 10 and have all I need. I haul 1-3 bikes 2-4 times a year....go to the dump 4-5 times a year, get mulch, etc. A friend has an old 1500 Chebby I can use and another has an 06 2500 Duramax that sits around like my truck does...just inconvenient to go get them and bring them back...first world problems I know...

What car do you have that tows 3500?
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