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  • What's your ideal daily driver / tow vehicle?

    If you had to chose one vehicle that had to be your daily driver and tow your race car, what would it be and why?

    My ideal truck would basically be the previous generation Tundra sized with about 3-4 liter turbo diesel, tow rating around 7-8k pounds and get 25 mpg non-towing mixed driving. Since this doesn't exist in the US at the moment, I'm leaning toward a 1/2 ton GMC crew cab but that's this week. G

    M 5.3 seems to be the most fuel efficient for the power out currently. The Ford Eco Boost doesn't seem to do any better mileage wise when not towing and gets really bad under load.
    99 Mazda Miata SuperMiata #515 - AKA Sparky SOLD
    '91 Mariner Blue Miata project AKA Napoleon

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    for towing something small. I loved my v6 Nissan Pathfinder (they had a v8 version). it worked as:

    1. tow vehicle. v6 had a 6,000LB tow rating. good enough for open steel trailer (1,600LB) and a Miata (2,200LB). even better with aluminum trailer (800LB). averages 14mpg when towing.
    2. daily. a mid size SUV. it averages 19mpg
    3. minivan. it is a 7 seater. a tight fit for the last row, but okay for little kids.
    4. off road vehicle. if you have the 4x4. truck chassis.

    it doesn't do everything well. but good enough for most.
    S1 Supermiata - 220whp
    13 Tesla, ma: no engine !!
    17 GT350R
    03 Miata Club Sport
    96 NSX
    06 EVO MR
    15 Mini Cooper S
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    • #3
      I like your "ideal" truck. This has been my daily driver and tow vehicle for the past 6 years and 140,000 miles:



      Honestly, it's probably the best vehicle I've ever owned mostly due to the engine but also the steering and brakes. I was buying and trading in 3/4 ton pickups every couple years until I bought this. It rides exactly the same as the day I bought it except with more power. Yeah I'm a farmer, it's a huge truck, and not a cushy ride but I'm used to it. A year ago I found myself wandering around carmax looking for a 2nd vehicle to get around town and keep some miles off my truck. I ended up buying a vehicle I knew nothing about but might fit your needs perfectly. A 2008 Toyota 4Runner "Sport" with a 4.7L V8 and tow package. It rides great/sporty, has a really comfortable interior, and lots of torque. It's amazingly quiet, handles like a car, and has a tow rating of 7500 lbs. I assume you could get the same package in a Tacoma truck but I'm not sure. My daughter will start driving it this year when she turns 16.
      99 C5 corvette SCCA GT2
      99 Supermiata "Super"

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      • #4
        I have an 08 Tundra with the 5.7 that I bought brand new May of 08 after previously owning two different silverados. I have 118,000 miles on the truck now and more than 60k of that is towing my race car and trailer to so-cal etc from Washington. This is the list of what I've replaced... A Serpentine belt, front brake pads...
        It's still just as tight as the day I bought it, I get 17.2-17.5 on the freeway at 70mph. It get's 13.5-14.2 towing a 20 foot open trailer with an integra type r on it and a full bed of race gear for a weekend... and will go as fast as you want it to. I've added exhaust and an intake to it being the only mods and it's faster than many street cars! By comparison. My Silverado's were piston slap nightmares, had far less power, I had both the 5.3 and 6.0. They both were on Trans Number 2 by 60k. The interior's rattles, the seat bolsters had worn out, etc... I can't say anything about the eco boost except that they get good mpg when not towing, but when towing it's no better than anything else. Fords transmission are notorious junk, and Dodge well... yeah except for the cummins that is. Just look at the difference in brakes, rear end, and control arms etc and the Tundra is superior. Any company that will warranty a Supercharger that gives it over 500 hp and tq should tell you something about the driveline in this truck!

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        • #5
          I had been driving my chevy 2500HD with tow package (4.10s) for a few weeks... it's half the reason I went to get a new car... i couldn't stand it.

          Stiff springs, bouncing ride, ****ty gas milage...

          I went basic tow truck and it was that... I can say that the Denali towed my car no problem and was pretty plush inside.. but I just don't like the idea of the giant daily driver.

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          • #6
            ideal tow vehicle - truck
            ideal daily - miata
            ideal race car - caged miata

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            • #7
              The EcoBoost is getting a lot of favorable ink, and it comprises somewhere around half the engines in F-150s sold, but I'm going to wait and see on that one. I just don't foresee longevity.

              But I know what you mean. I have a half-ton crew cab as a daily driver. It's been a fine truck, but I'd still rather have a little four-banger (even an electric for the city driving I do) to run around in and a truck just for towing.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by robburgoon View Post
                ideal tow vehicle - truck
                ideal daily - miata
                ideal race car - caged miata
                I agree but I need four seats and four doors for the kids.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ucfbrett View Post
                  I agree but I need four seats and four doors for the kids.
                  SRT-4 neon!

                  UPDATE: ideal race car - dented miata

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                  • #10
                    Ideal Tow Truck/ Off road truck: V6 Manual TRD Prerunner Tacoma (6 months away)
                    Ideal Race Car: S2000 (I have that one under control)
                    Ideal "Nice" Car/ Partial DD: Porsche 911 GT3 or maybe Tesla Model S (4-5 years away)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by robburgoon View Post
                      SRT-4 neon!

                      Here is where I unfairly start adding criteria. I need better mileage than that. I was thinking 2008 Mazda3, or, if Chevrolet would bring it to the U.S., a Cruze wagon.

                      Maybe an HHR.
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                      • #12
                        I haven't driven a lot of SUVs / trucks, but if it has enough capacity, probably a Porsche Cayenne or some other sporty SUV that the SO would actually use as her car.

                        Otherwise, something so cheap that it makes sense to use solely as a tow vehicle, but I know this wasn't a criterion of yours.
                        '05 Lotus Elise
                        '16 Porsche Cayman GT4

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by madant15 View Post
                          Ideal Tow Truck/ Off road truck: V6 Manual TRD Prerunner Tacoma (6 months away)
                          that reminded me a related question:

                          is auto a better choice for towing ?
                          S1 Supermiata - 220whp
                          13 Tesla, ma: no engine !!
                          17 GT350R
                          03 Miata Club Sport
                          96 NSX
                          06 EVO MR
                          15 Mini Cooper S
                          Beck 550 Spyder

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by bellwilliam View Post
                            that reminded me a related question:

                            is auto a better choice for towing ?
                            If you mean an automatic transmission, yes, they are better for towing. Manuals are strong enough, but they are not nearly as convenient. I also have reservations about clutch longevity if you do a lot of towing.
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                            • #15
                              Where I live, driving a full size truck as a daily is not an option. Tried it with a new F250 in '05. Therefore, daily driver: Volt, tow vehicle: Suburban 2500 454.

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