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Old 07-26-2006, 03:57 PM   #15
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I hate to comptemplate it, but a [b]loser-cruiser Honda Odyssey comes to mind.
I resemble that remark!
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Old 07-26-2006, 04:05 PM   #16
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When I am ready, I will most likely go thru the [b]fleet purchase option thru Costco. The hassle factor is zero.
Was out the door in about an hour.
I tried to do that when I bought my Odyssey. Did the initial search online. Already hit the enter key....
Screen changes to display:
...except [b]ODYSSEY, which is not in the program.

[b]NOOoooooo!

Make sure the car you want is in the program!
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Old 07-26-2006, 04:29 PM   #17
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I feel your pain in making the decision, Gina. If you do not change to a much heavier trailer I second the Subaru Outback idea. Even if our "loser-cruiser" Odyssey lasts a long time it will eventually give up the ghost too.
If I have any money left when I have to replace the Ody I will be looking for (and finding?) a plug-in hybrid running bio-diesel with 3500lb towing capacity. But then I have family in the bio-diesel business.
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Old 07-26-2006, 05:59 PM   #18
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Dan, is that a factory canopy? Did they have a tow package?
no the cap is a jason cap 1000.00 installed painted to match and yes i have the factory tow package ...
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Old 07-26-2006, 06:03 PM   #19
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When I am ready, I will most likely go thru the fleet purchase option thru Costco. The hassle factor is zero. I got my Civic that way. I called first then I went to the Costco listed dealer. Drove it without a sales pitch once I showed them the costco card, picked one up ordered to my specs two weeks later. Was out the door in about an hour.
my deal on the truck was 700.00 less than what i could get it for with fleet numbers from a friend of mine the deal said the reason for that is they dont give you the rebates just the fleet price...
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Old 07-26-2006, 11:42 PM   #20
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My neighbor has a 5-cylinder Colorado. He was towing a Nissan Altima on a car dolly and had the transmission lock up on him. The truck was essential new, 6 months out of the box. After my '99 Astro van blew up last winter with 108K miles, I lost interest in GM products for towing. I now drive an '06 Nissan Frontier crew cab, 2 WD, 6-speed manual. It gets about 21.5 MPG's around town and 19 pulling my 13' Scamp. It's got 6500 lb towing capacity so I hardly know the trailer is hooked up.
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Old 07-27-2006, 10:57 AM   #21
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Last Sept I got a Colorado 5cly 2wheel 4 door its just me and the wife and 13 trillum.
LOVE IT!!!
Great gas milage (Ont to Newfoundland with out trailler 30 Miles to Can galon)
Try one out.
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Old 07-27-2006, 06:46 PM   #22
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Thanks.

I will keep all this in mind, good and bad, when I am ready to look.
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Old 07-27-2006, 09:24 PM   #23
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Gina, I'd second the wagon for a commuter but look at a VW Jetta or Passat with the TDI. If you've never driven a turbodiesel in the hills like you describe around home, you would be amazed at how effortlessly they cruise on up. plus, you'd be pulling nearly twice the mileage you get now with the Element, I'm sure.
Keep the Element for towing and if you upgrade trailers in the future you could trade it in on a higher-capacity rig then.
Because you live in Kalifornia, the State in all of it's wisdom says you cannot buy a new diesel, but you can buy a lightly used one. At least see if you can find someone that would let you borrow one to try - you may be very pleasantly surprised.
I hear that Subaru will likely be introducing a diesel in the next few years - that would be an awesome combination, too. Heck, you could probably tow just as well if not better with one of those!
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Get a Toyota. There is no better truck on the road. My grandson is driving an old 76 Toyota that I gave him and it has almost 400,000 miles on it and never had any major problems. It has the original engine and does not use any oil
My 05 tacoma has a 2.7 185 hp engine and when the grand kids are visiting it tows a 3 ATV trailer that weighs about 2800 to 3000 pounds when loaded and then I haul my 750 in the back of the truck and it weighs about 650 lbs. I average about 26 mpg, I live in the Mountains, and on one trip to Denver I averaged 27.5. Pulling an overloaded trailer, almost 4000 lbs, the worst mpg was 20.5. I have had it 10 months now and have about 27000 trouble free miles.
I used to have a 5th wheel and pulled it with a 91 Ford F-250 4X4 at 50000 miles I put a new tranny in it. It now has 81000 miles on it and needs a new engine. NO MORE DOMESTICS FOR ME.
What you think you lose by by not getting a rebate to bribe you to buy a vehihcle you will more than make up in the resale value.

Good luck, hope you get a Toyota,
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