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    Seeking a $2500 do-all

    Just sold my full-size SUV and have $2500 cash. I need a vehicle that:

    -Seats 4+
    -Can tow or haul 1000 lbs of recyclables in bulky bins (or bikes and buddies)
    -Gets 20+ mpg

    Please send me suggestions of a suitable vehicle. Pictures, links, CL, eBay listings all will help. Thanks.
    Seeking a 90's or 00s 80mm 26" suspension fork.

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    Does it have to be a SUV?
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    The Crown Victoria seats six, tows 4300 pounds(being body-on-frame helps) and gets(depending on the rear gear ratio) 26+ MPG on the Highway.

    It also the safest car on the road. It is the first car ever to receive 5 star crash test ratings in all five categories for 17 years in a row. It also has a 21 cu. Ft trunk.

    You should be able to find a 98 or 99 at that price range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2QWK4U

    The Crown Victoria seats six, tows 4300 pounds(being body-on-frame helps) and gets(depending on the rear gear ratio) 26+ MPG on the Highway.

    It also the safest car on the road. It is the first car ever to receive 5 star crash test ratings in all five categories for 17 years in a row. It also has a 21 cu. Ft trunk.

    You should be able to find a 98 or 99 at that price range.
    Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner.

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    Yeah. Tons show up in city auctions of course. I like it. What else?
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    Plus you get the advantage of everyone getting out of your way in the fast lane as you rush up to them from behind.

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    Oh yes, the Crown Vic effect!
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    It'll get 20 mpg (downhill)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fat Bob
    It'll get 20 mpg(downhill)
    I've always been a closet Jeep guy and my neighbor has two he keeps running. Problem is, Lubbock has no hills on their roads. My old SUV got 13 in town and 16 on the road so I'm looking for a big jump in MPG.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CRXPilot
    My old SUV got 13 in town and 16 on the road so I'm looking for a big jump in MPG.
    Why? Gas is one of the cheapest parts of owning a vehicle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaelin
    Plus you get the advantage of everyone getting out of your way in the fast lane as you rush up to them from behind.
    Quote Originally Posted by 2QWK4U
    Oh yes, the Crown Vic effect!
    I think both of you need to go on a civilian ride-along. What actually happens is that the only time that people do the speed limit is when you are behind them. It takes longer to get anywhere in a Police car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RIS
    Why? Gas is one of the cheapest parts of owning a vehicle.
    I'd give you that if I didn't also own a 2003 Corolla. Every time we drive by an oil change place it runs smoother. 127,000 miles and no unscheduled stops and we totally missed 80% of the dealer recommended service. Mobil 1 every 10,000 miles. Sweet ride Insurance is pretty cheap too.

    Now that I said all that, how about an older Toyota? 4-Runner or Sienna or something? What are some real-world (or MTBR world) owner reports?
    Seeking a 90's or 00s 80mm 26" suspension fork.

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    Any Subaru Legacy/Outback can fit your needs.

    It seats 5.
    A Legacy/Outback should be able to tow 1000lbs no problem.
    And you will get at least 20 MPG if you know how to drive efficiently.


    However, the suggestion of a Ford Crown Victoria isn't bad. Sure, it's gigantic, but that translates to a lot of space. In addition, I do believe it is a body-on-frame vehicle, meaning, it is literally a truck. And as already stated, it will tow a s**tton!

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    Subaru is my vote as well.......

    Or, if you have a few extra $K...go for the Delica:::
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    Not that hard to find

    Quote Originally Posted by CRXPilot
    Just sold my full-size SUV and have $2500 cash. I need a vehicle that:

    -Seats 4+
    -Can tow or haul 1000 lbs of recyclables in bulky bins (or bikes and buddies)
    -Gets 20+ mpg

    Please send me suggestions of a suitable vehicle. Pictures, links, CL, eBay listings all will help. Thanks.
    Just look at the specs. Heck, the Subarus I have seen have a towing capacity of 2500 pounds. A MK3 (93-99) Golf or Jetta can tow 1000 pounds according to the owner's manual. It won't go very fast pulling that much weight, but it will do it. I wouldn't do it day in and day out, and I wouldn't try to drive loaded like that like it was a sports car. If you're talking about a small no-brake utility trailer, just about any small 4 cylinder car can do that.

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    I guess an unspoken need was the ability to grow with my recycling biz. A 93 Jetta will serve my needs today, but in 6 months who knows? I should have put this in the original post. My bad.
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    Are you looking for a tow vehicle or a commuter? I would avoid an automatic transmission if you throw a trailer behind a small car.

    At your price point, look at an older mini-pickup. Depending on how often you load 4 people, may be able to make it work. And, it will give more utility for recycling.
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    I'd actually need a commuter and tow vehicle. I like the mini truck idea. Which extra-cab has space for a baby car seat? Rangers have the folding jump seat so I'm pretty sure those are out.
    Seeking a 90's or 00s 80mm 26" suspension fork.

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    Chevy Blazer/GMC Jimmy? You can get them for around your budget, the 4.3L runs forever. You wont see a huge jump in mpg though, but they can tow a decent amount.

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    Don't by an extra-cab small pickup if you need it for family duties -- cramped, unsafe and rough riding.

    The Crown Vic is the way to go -- I drove one for years and it was great. There is also a great internet forum to help you with repairs which are easy to do yourself.

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    Crown Vic, or pretty much any mini van you can find.
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    I was in a similar situation this winter, ended up with a 2nd gen (95-99) explorer sport. I get 20mpg cruising around 70 on the eway. Mine came speced with a limited slip rear and every option including 4wd. I picked it up for around 3k. The truck is bombproof, parts are cheap, and the sohc 4.0 is known to run forever. Tall in the trunk, so putting bikes in vertically works well. I love mine, its simple, cheap to operate and does alot of things well. Available all day in your price range and pulls your required weight well.

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    Sorry to dredge up a 3 week-old thread but I finally bought a 2003 Chevy Venture van with my $2500. One owner in rust-free west TX with 95k on the clock. Pretty good deal except that the carpets look like the loser in a PB&J fight and the wipers are parked in the up position

    Previous owners stated they used to tow a pop-up with the thing and it's got the holes drilled and wiring harness ready to go. I think I like it. Even if it's a minivan.
    Seeking a 90's or 00s 80mm 26" suspension fork.

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    I hope it works out well for you.

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    Toyota

    sienna minivan. Bullet proof.

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    VW TDI with a 5 speed tranny and some .205 micron nozzles. Capable of towing 1000 pounds short distances, 42 to 50 MPG. Not off road worthy, one ditch/rut or bigazzed pothole will take out your oil pan on this diesel. Learn to service it yourself.

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