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Reliable 4x4... plus tow 4Klbs

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Looking for a reliable 4x4 that'll get the wife safely in and out of the valley when we get snowed in 2 or 3 times a year. Also, I do my own wrenching so I prefer cars I can maintain, and I'll be stationed in Korea for a year, so it has to be rather bulletproof.

We rock a Prius most days due to a 120 mile commute, but I'd like to be able to pull a small popup trailer on holidays, maybe 3 or 4Klbs.

Considering we only have about $4K to work with, I'm expecting to go a bit vintage, but we're in California, so expensive catalytic converters are a turnoff.

Appreciate the info folks.

Vince L.

Priorities: Reliability & durability / Safety & braking / Towing

Preferred Bodystyle(s): SUV

Car Needs: Towing or hauling / Off-roader

Primary Driver(s): New driver / Short driver

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 150000
Maximum age: 20 years

Maximum price: US $ 4000

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Response from jjreagan

5:53 pm August 31, 2016

Vince, something that meets all of your expectations within your budget would be hard to do but i do have a one suggestion...

A 2003-2007 Ford Expedition

These are usually ez to work on, pretty bulletproof even with higher miles. You will not get great gas mileage nor will it be easy to park in a big city. But if you can find a clean one that has been well cared for it might be your best for the money. The 4.6 and 5.4 engines are both good solid engines that can see 300,000 if they are maintained. Your family will be safe as they were rated well in crash worthiness. Most are set up with trailer tow from the factory. Alot of them also have auto 4x4, you can leave it in auto 4x4 all of the time and it will auto engage the 4x4 when it senses a loss of traction.
We owned a 2003 model that we later traded in because of the fuel crunch, and i really missed it!

Ok, hope this helps!!


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Response from VinceL

9:34 pm August 31, 2016

Appreciate the reply. We've moved pretty much every 3 years (plus a few times overseas), so I've stuck to little imports until now. MPG isn't a big concern since we won't drive it much, and we're decidedly not in the city.

I'm really new to SUV's, but I'll definitly go test drive an Excursion.

Vince L.


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Response from samuel.bethune

10:41 am September 1, 2016

I agree with jjreagan for the most part but I would suggest if you're looking at the Expedition that you find one with the 4.6 V8 as opposed to the 5.4. I have read of numerous owners having problems with spark plug holes being stripped out when changing plugs. Otherwise, I agree with him. The platform and running gear have withstood the test of time and are easy to to work on when they do break down (which isn't often).


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