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When you're buying used, you're buying American.
Yeah. Probably the same dumbass that downvoted me for posting a link to a 4runner forum
Get the Tahoe, why is this even a question?
Towing with an underpowered vehicle with 162k miles on is a recipe for disaster, you will destroy the tranny. I towed my boat with an underpowered SUV a few years ago and it was downright scary at times, the boat pushed the car all over. I have a Tahoe now and it tows perfectly.
Is your budget 8k?
I dont really have a budget but that was kind of where I was staying. By the way the tahoe has a salvage title that the seller was not going to disclose. So that is no longer an option. I may still pass on the 4runner though do to towing. I dont really ever tow very far but it still may be too much of a pain.
I don't know where you are located at, but this will tow just about anything you throw at it, and its got DVD.
Yukons/Tahoes almost always need new transmissions around 125k. Take it for what it's worth.
Good to walk away when there are issues such as the one you described, especially anything having to do with the history of the vehicle.
Also sounds like you're skipping the 4R because of its towing limitations vis-a-vis your needs, which seems smart. I also agree with whoever said that it seems like a lot of money for an 11-year-old SUV with 125k miles on it, although I haven't shopped for one lately.
Basically, everyone ITT thinks you can do better.
BTW: When you find something, I recommend you pay an independent mechanic to give the vehicle a good going-over. It's money well-spent.
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Someone reading this thread is in a bad mood: I got down voted for saying I liked driving the 4R but he should get the Tahoe.
Full disclosure: I'm the one who dv'd oldspart. There's no need for racist comments.
Never heard that before, you have any data or is that just something you heard once?
You may not have replaced the brakes since you have owned it, but there is no way that it's on the original brakes with 162k miles.
Full disclosure I like the 4runner better but realize it probably makes little sense in my situation. This is also just a temporary vehicle. I dont plan on owning it for years to come probably more like 1. I just sold my 2011 ram to buy a brand new mini van. Yep I am now that guy. Van works good for my family and the quad cab ram did not. Although that Ram towed the hell out of my boat.
For those that dont like the 4runner have you ever owned or driven a 3rd gen 4runner much? They are very fun to drive nad there are a few very cheap and easy mods to add a decent power boost.
Personal experience. 5/5 now...
Mine was a '98 4R. Absolutely loved driving it, and kick myself often for ever getting rid of it.
The 4th gen 4Runner just isn't the same. They suburbanized it more than necessary when they gave it more foot room in the second row. Widening it at the bottom made it look like it got hips. I even hate the lines in the wheel wells now (they used to be curved).
I own a 1997 4runner with almost 200k. I bought it used in 2000 with 40k on the odometer. It has never given me one problem.
Having said that, it is not a good choice to be towing a 5000lb boat.
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