We are about to get to the serious point of buying a NEW vehicle and now I have to take towing a heavier trailer into account but I don't really want to give up my crossover Nissan. Ah, the luxury and AWD all packed into one. BUT, I've found this and REALLY REALLY want it. '66 Plymouth Fury V8,
You get this and you'll have to stop by when you head south so I can test drive it to see if I want one
Drinking that ice cold beer
Talkin' 'bout girls, talkin' 'bout trucks
Runnin' them red dirt roads out, kicking up dust
Vikx some faster than others I used to drive a 440 Fury III pursuit car with blue lights on top and it would walk sideways when it shifted from 2nd to 3rd at 105mph, definitely kept you on your toes but it did what it was designed to do.
I used to get in trouble with *fast* cars. The only place for that now for me would be on a strip. Seems like the Fury would be a little heavy for that at the start line
We, hubby and I, discussed this car again last night and the possible money pit that it could be. He still wants a new vehicle, I still don't want to let go of my comfy, versatile and economical Rogue.
SusieQ How about a new ecotech 150 4 fwd? That way you would still have a 150 and a new tow vehicle plus better mpg. Better yet a new super duty with that massive chrome grille would look good in your driveway and it might have enough power to pull your Shasta even if it is a Ford.
Last Edit: Apr 19, 2014 16:10:59 GMT -8 by bigbill
Post by 59shastadeluxe on Apr 21, 2014 13:03:03 GMT -8
Do you mean Ecoboost? Ours gets average 17 mpg pulling 2 dirtbikes and 4-wheeler in the hills of Arkansas. Have gotten as good as 26 mpg on the interstate not towing. Around town I average 18-21. Love tje power pf the ecoboost. Can hop on the interstate full of traffic and merge in without slowing down.
Sparkle, These newer P/U are great. We just went to Florida and back plus drove 700 miles while down there and sit in traffic snarls for over four hours with the engine running and still averaged 19.4 mpg. I remember a Ford P/U We had in the late 60s that on a good day would get six mpg. Towing the boat and hauling the camper it fell off to 3 or 4. Every truck I have owned since then has gotten better mileage each time I up graded. This truck will get 22 or so if you keep your foot out of it, in level country it cuts back to four cylinders and does even better. It also does better if you don't use the cruise control but since I am lazy I use it all the time, it also cuts back on the speeding tickets.
Our F-150 is a '98 4WD. I think it gets about 16, maybe 19 on a good day around here. We've never really had it on the highway except for when I towed my two trailers home and I wasn't even thinking about gas mileage then. I'm giving the new truck idea some consideration. I just don't want a big truck for my everyday vehicle and I do have my 98 Sunfire, but it's not very luxurious, a little sporty.
My next choice was a Nissan Murano. BUT they have CVT transmissions, too, like my Rogue. I don't want a CVT for towing. They don't hold up well and they are very expensive to work on and replace (says the girl on her second CVT tranny.)
SusieQ I think if you are moving up to a larger vehicle it might be wise to rent one that you are considering and drive it for a few days to see if you are going to be comfortable with the size. I love my Silverado but it seems huge to me and I am licensed to drive Semis. The boss loves traveling in it but she says that it is designed to look a lot larger than it is. I have the 5.3 with the 6 speed trans which has a dble overdrive that will shift automatically or manually. It also has a trailer towing button that changes its shift pattern and prevents it from shifting into second over drive or high gear which ever you wish to call it. The 2014 5.3 develops 375 HP which is more than mine and mine is rated to pull a 9000 lb trailer. The new 5.3 is supposed to get even better mpg than mine and I think better than the comparable competitor.
Last Edit: Apr 21, 2014 19:19:46 GMT -8 by bigbill
Bill, I downsized last time from a Dodge Durango 4WD. I drove it for five years and called it my tank. I loved the space and the gas mileage wasn't too bad. I put 200,000 miles on it driving long distances. I really don't like driving a big vehicle, I already know that.
An interesting piece of advice I got from the service manager at a dealership. Whatever the manual says you can tow, divide it in half. That's what you can tow in the Rockies or the blue ridge mountains. The stated tow limit is more for ideal towing conditions.