Replacement for my GC

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  1. dplanetta

    dplanetta New Member

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    My 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan has a bad case of the rusties! Also my mechanic mentioned that the brake lines will need to be done in the not too distant future and a for other odd and ends that all add up.

    I'm starting to think seriously about a replacement fot his van. I have a Flagstaff 720, about 1720 lbs. There are 2 adults and a 5 year old. When not towing I have a greyhound who take up the whole back seat and another dog who is getting arthritic, but still loves to go for a drive.

    In summary: 3 rows of seats or a suitable back area, low entry, good towing capability and good milage. (My GC gets better milage when towing than city use!) Most of my driving is back and forth to work, so milage is very important. Also looking used, 4-5 years old to keep the cost down.

    I'm really not interested in a truck, unless someone gives it to me.

    I'm leaning towards a Ford Escape.

    Not to start any fights, I know most of us are getting a bit shack wacky this time of year.

    What do you suggest?

    <center><img src=../Images/flags/ca.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=../Images/flags/ca-NovaScotia.gif border=0 align=middle> 2006 Flagstaff 720 <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle> 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.0L
    DH 1970 DW 1972 DD 2003
    2 Dogs (Non-Camping)Grey Hound & a Nova Scotia Duck Toller Border Collie Mix

    Come to Nova Scotia: http://www.destination-ns.com</center>
     
  2. JamesRL

    JamesRL New Member

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    The Escape is not a bad vehicle - no three rows though. I've rented one and liked it. The new ones have a big increase in HP - from 200 to 240 in the 09. The Mazda Tribute is the same vehicle.

    James

    1976 Lionel LPL 80
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  3. ColemanBayviewMoneypit

    ColemanBayviewMoneypit New Member

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    If you like the Escape, i say go for it! I had one as a company vehicule and i abused it in every way (was a salesman for a tool company= many job sites).

    I racked a solid 130k in 2 years with it and had 0$ in repairs. Truck was still 100% solid. Go with the V6. Not the easiest on gas thought (altought i was flooring it most of the time, could not resist the , somewhat power on tap....)

    '98 Colemn Grandview 08Cherokee 3.0CRD
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    Edited by - ColemanBayviewMoneypit on February 16 2009 20:22:20
     
  4. hvac1877

    hvac1877 Old Dominion Iron Chefs Highland Springs, Va

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    my wife's cousin has a escape and there is not alot of room in it and not very good gas mileage. Ford explorer or the Chevy Trailblazer is bigger and more room and towing. Also got the dodge durango and jeep cherokee.

    Peter & Amy, 2008 2407 Starcraft <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp">, 2003 Dodge Ram Quad Cab 4X4 <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle"> 08 nights <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_camping.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Camping"> -14 2009 nights booked -9
     
  5. fourpawscompanions

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    I have a Montero Limited, three rows and lot's of room......take a look at the Montero it's a great vehicle, handles well and I've had no problems with the vehicle.

    1999 Rockwood Premier 2307
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  6. 3pillons

    3pillons Press hard, Five copies.

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    I had a 2005 Saturn Vue which we bought new in 05. It had a 250 horse V6 from honda with an automatic tranny. It was a fantastic car, maybe the best I ever had due to not once ever needing repair in 40,000 miles. I only got rid of it due to the family growing. They have been redesigned since then but still in the same class as the Escape. I think with a kid and a dog you might be pushing it in that class of vehicle. The Nissan Xterra is a good bit bigger with a stout 4.0L V6 on a full frame though. Prett close to the same price I believe.


    Bryan, Pam, Cameron and our girl Gracie.
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  7. dplanetta

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    Thanks for the feedback. The Montero is out as the Mitsubishi dealer in Canada is minimal at best. Even if there were a dealer less than 45 hours away, the selection of used Monteros is almost nil. Similar on the Saturn.

    What about a Santa Fe?

    <center><img src=../Images/flags/ca.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=../Images/flags/ca-NovaScotia.gif border=0 align=middle> 2006 Flagstaff 720 <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle> 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.0L
    DH 1970 DW 1972 DD 2003
    2 Dogs (Non-Camping)Grey Hound & a Nova Scotia Duck Toller Border Collie Mix

    Come to Nova Scotia: http://www.destination-ns.com</center>
     
  8. fourpawscompanions

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    This is true dplanetta, most people hang on to their Montero, especially the Limited edition. I really enjoy mine, it has been an excellent vehicle. Very comfortable for long trips and towing my ROckwood is a breeze. You should be able to get a great deal on any vehicle you purchase right now, used or new. Good luck.

    1999 Rockwood Premier 2307
    2003 Montero Limited
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  9. dirtyboy

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    I had an 04 Tribute....didnt care for the "cute ute" too much..I could feel every little bump in the "SUV"s car frame. Plus the car just seemed cheap and not put together very well (like every other american car I have owned)

    I traded it in on a 99 4runner with twice as many miles and am 10x happier...much more solid vehicle with a real truck frame and longer wheelbase.

    Try it in a Toyota!
    '74 Coleman Yorktown under construction......
    Tow Rigs =99 Toyota 4runner and 93 Pickup (Rockcrawler)

    Edited by - dirtyboy on February 18 2009 05:42:49
     
  10. Snow

    Snow Well-Known Member

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    Take at look here for info on your prospective "new" TV's.

    Not sure if anyone else mentioned them but Durango's are nice, larger then the Escape and such, but they make nice Tv's.

    Only other thing I'm going to suggest is take what ever TV you buy to your closest Rust Check

    Craig...

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  11. candleems

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    I really like my Kia Sedona mini van. It tows my older Jayco no problems, gets decent gas mileage considering its one of the heaviest vans on the market. I use it just like a truck for hauling stuff ('cept a load of dirt or mulch). It tows the PUP and the utility trailer well.

    Mine seems to use tires, but I drive it hard.

    Barb '74, DH '63, DD '02
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  12. Xolthrax

    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    I have an Explorer. It has the room you need, but the mileage could be better (16 / 21). I'd suggest a Freestyle / Taurus XL if it weren't for the wimpy 2000lb tow capacity.

    The new GM's (Arcadia, Outlook, Traverse, etc.) look like they would be perfect, but they're too new to find an inexpensive used one.

    How about a Honda Pilot or Toyota Highlander?


    Joe

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  13. pgordemer

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    I have owned 2 Ford Escapes and generally been happy with them. Good compromise between an SUV and family vehicle with decent gass mileage.

    With factor towing installed, you get up to 3500#. I have never towed that close to the limit, 2750# was the max, but you didn't know it was back there unless it was a steep hill.

    My only complaint (and a common one) is the interior has very little insulation so road noise is high when going above 65 mpg.

    I just picked up a 1999 Dodge Dakota as my new TV for under $3900 in fantastic shape (5500# towing). We expect to be taking a lot of stuff on our trips that we could have not packed with the Escape.

    Phil & Pete (Paulsboro, NJ)
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle"> 1999 Dodge Dakota
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp"> 2008 Fleetwood Sea Pine
     

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