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    What if I didn't want to buy a truck to tow my 2300lbs racecar on a trailer? Is there any used car (or station wagon preferably) with a frame, and a motor big enough to pull a racecar? That vehicle will be used all year long.


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    I had to consolidate my daily driver and tow vehicle recently and after a ton of research I decided on an X5. I haven't towed with it yet but it's rated to tow 6k lbs so I'm sure it'll be fine with my car on an aluminum trailer at about 4500lbs total.

    I was looking for something that was fun to drive daily since that's what I'll be doing with it 90% of the time. It's a lot nicer to live with day-to-day than my GMC 2500 diesel ever was. I wanted to get the X5 diesel which makes 425 ft lbs but couldn't find one optioned the way I wanted within my price range. I opted for a 2008 4.8i which makes 350 ft lbs but, as you an imagine, gets much worse fuel economy.

    The nice thing about the X5 is that you can get them with a self-leveling suspension.

    Here's mine.



    A pic I found on the web of a diesel towing a Bowrider.



    The X5 above has the self-leveling suspension, here's a quick video of one without for comparison. From the looks of this video I would bet that once you load up the X5 with tools and spares the rear would sag quite a bit, so I would be sure to get one with leveling if you go this route.

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    • #3
      Problem solved



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      • #4
        I used to tow with a small SUV,,, and that was not alot of fun, this was with an open ramp steel trailer with just a small tongue box (15' Dively Econo trailer)
        Once I added fuel jugs, some tools, supplies, cooler it was rammed and heavy.
        Forget really helpful things like multiple tire sets, a tent, Nitrogen tank, etc.
        I went to a few events caravaning with buddies, and there were moments where they asked me which vehicle was actually driving.

        I hear about people doing it with station wagons, and I guess one could outfit some brutish old station wagon for car towing duty,,,, but why.
        Then you are stuck with a brutish station wagon.
        You spend way more time towing between events than driving on track.
        Why not make your tow time completely relaxed?

        If circumstances dictated I had to lose my Heavy Duty type truck, I'd probably go with what Mick did, a V8 X5, or one of the GM LS powered SUVs.
        My brother has an Escalade and that thing is a monster. So fast.

        I personally wouldn't recommend going smaller than that. Even at those you will be limited as to what you can carry,,, and I dont consider myself a track pack rat.

        Thats just me. Get a truck or at least a big enough SUV that can let you tow 80 MPH with two fingers on the wheel while playing with the stereo...
        Thats my criteria haha.
        Can I tow 80, eat some Taco Bell drive through, while still steering with one hand.
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        • #5
          What about the Dodge Magnum with a V-8 preferably the SRT version, plenty of horsepower and fun.

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          • #6
            NOBODY has trucks in europe! Most people tow with small diesel SUV's or estate cars. Serious guys will use sprinter type vans.

            My friend towed my E30 and his galvanized trailer with his e-class wagon. Heck he towed his other e-class wagon with his e-class wagon! I towed my E30 with my jeep cherokee and his trailer once and it was terrible. The merc wagon handled towing quite nicely.

            This was the model he had.

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            • #7
              If I had to buy an utlitarian vehicle to tow, then it would be an Econoline, preferably with diesel V8. Diesel fuel is more widely available in Canada than it is in the US, so, it's easier to live with.


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              • #8
                What about a diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee? If I was in the market for an SUV, I would be all over this...

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                • #9
                  vw toureg diesel.

                  friend has one. very impressive. open trailer would be no issue at all.
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                  • #10
                    X5 3.0 or 3.5 diesel Lee.

                    "But most of all...
                    ... I like the way you move......"

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Az in Oz View Post
                      X5 3.0 or 3.5 diesel Lee.
                      No such a beast in the land of Kenticky Fried Chicken. Oil belongs in food. Not in cars. ;-)


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                      • #12
                        Brakes and transmission and suspension are more important then engine torque, and having towed with everything from an international 5500 semi, to a Volvo XC90 - I think Lee is on the right track with the econoline. It is my opinion that the x5 and similar "suv"'s don't have sufficient transmission or brake strength.

                        For the occasional tow - fine but for regular use , I would guarantee early tranny problems. Even with trailer brakes the tow vehicle brakes need to be relatively robust.

                        I would get a used power stroke expedition - nice comfortable ride, drivetrain is the same as an f350 , so it's plenty heavy enough. ( when you say - well that's a truck , so is the econoline that Lee is talking about!) and it is good as a daily driver.

                        Living in New Zealand we too towed trailers with every type of car - I used a Toyota corona 4 banger with a carb, But it was a manual tranny and even still we had to do the clutch often , brakes and suspension all the time. Till we switched to a diesel 4 runner.

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                        • #13
                          x5 4.6is good power good torque, self leveling rear suspension, car weight 2700lb tows like a dream, but they r know for tranny problems
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by LeeVuong View Post
                            No such a beast in the land of Kenticky Fried Chicken. Oil belongs in food. Not in cars. ;-)
                            What do you mean? The X5d is available in North America.

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                            • #15
                              Didn't know the diesel-powered X5 was available in North America.


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