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Old 07-26-2013, 10:03 PM   #15
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Good call on the manual transmission. I drove the cvt and thought it was gutless garbage. Mine is a 6 speed manual, and it drives like it has another 50 hp.

As for kia, kia and Hyundai are not the garbage they were 15 years ago. I like my parents kia sorento much better than the Honda CRV they traded in. I refused to drive that thing.
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:59 AM   #16
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I hope you understood that the tow limit on my Sportage is higher than on yours, which I think you gave as 1500 pounds. The first gen limit is 2,000 pounds, and I'm scrupulous not to exceed it. I like to think that's part of the reason it's lasted/served me so well!

I don't advocate nor would I ever recommend that anyone disregard limits imposed by the manufacturers of their vehicles....

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Now if a half ton Toyota could tow the 155,000 lb Space Shuttle Endeavor, I figure my 1-Ton Silverado can tow 1/2 million lbs--I am looking around for something interesting to tow.

A Sportage can tow more than you think, and like a Toyota towing the Endeavor, much depends on the characteristics of the tow--terrain, distance, roads, tug and trailer.

Manufacturer recommendations don't account for modifications to the tug, hitch, or tow. Or driver ability.

You have surely noticed that speed limits don't vary between uphill and down hill. I can mathematically prove that if driving at the sane speed, you can stop quicker traveling uphill than on flat terrain, or downhill...yet the speed limits do not increase for uphill or decrease for downhill.

These are posted limits and manufacturers recommendations are important but they are for a wide range of conditions. Should they be the same for someone living in Florida and someone living in the mountains? I don't think so.

What about gearing? Say you don't use your top gear overdrive...that is common. What if you don't use the next highest gear and avoid highways?

While I don't generally advocate exceeding manufacturers recommendations, I might if I beefed up my suspension, recently serviced my brakes, reinforced my hitch, and used trailer brakes even when not required.
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Old 07-27-2013, 01:06 AM   #17
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Thanks. No I did not buy although it was a lively vehicle. I bought a 2009 Subaru Forester today. Gets good Mpg, is recommended over Honda and most other 4 cylinder range SUVs as it has way more torque and HP. Also got a manual trans which I am committed to. Fit a fantastic deal in vehicle and it maneuvers easily up and down curves and hills. It will tow a 13ft fiberglass easily and even a 16 ft. Thanks for feedback. Now waiting out end of summer looking for the best trailer deal at my price.
I love the Forester. Drove an LLBean edition 2007 for several years. After a few years I put studded snow tires on it and was amazed at what it could do. Many people say you don't need studs but they do improve traction 30% on ice. Whatever tires you have you will love it. I miss it enough that I still think about buying another one. Still hoping for a diesel version here in the US.

You will love yours. Rotate your tires frequently as they tend to burn up one tire faster than the others.
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Old 07-27-2013, 08:14 AM   #18
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"Now if a half ton Toyota could tow the 155,000 lb Space Shuttle Endeavor, I figure my 1-Ton Silverado can tow 1/2 million lbs--I am looking around for something interesting to tow."
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That Toyota Tundra seen towing the shuttle almost 1/2 mile, wasn't your father's HiLux p/u.

The Tundra, per the door sticker on one (not mine) in my driveway, lists max bed capacity at 2040 lbs.
Specs show more than 380 HP stock with up to 505 hp available
5.7-Liter Toyota Tundra TRD Packs 504-Horsepower Punch

Sounds like it would give a Silverado a good run for it's money in a pull contest....

And, btw: Toyota paid big bucks for what was, basically an ad shoot on a closed set. Plus that, that American built Tundra now sits next to the shuttle as a forever advertisement for Toyota, an excellent marketing move

All that said, I would never own one, too big, too thirsty and too expensive.

I like my GM products too, (2003 GMC Sonoma, 2003 Blazer 2 dr) but, to survive, GM & others had to learn a lot from the competition.
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