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    I recently switched from mostly showroom sales to in home sales. Love it as I have so much more flexibility for skiing. However gas is killing me! Thought about just getting a cheapo $3k-4K commuter . Problem is I don't have room for another car in the driveway , don't want to rick breaking down and plus another vehicle to insure maintain and repair. Currently drive a 2013 GMC Silverado 1500 xtra cab. Gas is not bad, but for an outside sales guy who drives all day, gas is climbing $600+ a month. Its gets average 17mpg, 15 city, 20 hwy , give or take.

    Boat is a SN196, so not heavy and rarely tow long distance . Maybe a 100mi + road trip once a year. Otherwise just a short tow to the ski lake.

    Anything gonna make sense to buy, Would like an SUV so I can put all my samples and displays in the back, right now I have to take them out to make room to drop off kids in the morning and load back up as they take up seating.
    Don't want to spend a fortune either, 30K or so.
    Any thoughts?

  • #2
    Ecoboost Explorer?

    Taureg TDI?
    -Mike

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    • #3
      Wife's V6 2WD 4runner averages about 19 combined.

      Not sure anything is going to work economically other than a beater commuter.
      Bailey
      '02 X-9
      Lake Blue Ridge

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      • #4
        Get an older tow rig and buy a nice 40 mpg commuter car? Leave whichever one at the store when not in use? Or does that defeat the flexible ski times as you need truck to pull to lake?
        '97 Prostar 190 - LT-1

        Prior boats - 2009 X14, 2008 X14, 2005 197, 1988 Tristar 190, 1989 Prostar.

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        • #5
          John that makes more sense. Why spend the majority of my time in a beater and only use my newish truck occasionally. I really only need to tow about 1000 ft most of the time at the ski lake.

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          • #6
            The Touraeg Diesel is a nice rig but you have to stick with the newer ones. Should tow quite well though. That would give you a nice vehicle and also a tow vehicle.

            My wife drives a Lexus RX400h hybrid and it averages around 26 mpg combined. Nice driving vehicle but it can't tow at all.
            - Jeff

            1994 205, LT1

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            • #7
              you don't need to have an insured or even licensed vehicle to do the 1000' trip to the lake once a week. A $500 Cherokee or something similar could handle that just fine. So, in effect, you are driving your pick-up every day and spending an extra $3k or so a year for the privilege and to take one long trip. You can sell the truck, get an economical but nice commuter, and rent a Yucon once a year for the big trip. Then have anough $$ left over to buy your sweety something nice.

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              • #8
                My insurance agent with Allstate has us on a deal where we only insure the 3rd car (Corvette) for the time that we use it. We call him up to say we're using the 'Vette this weekend, to put it on active status temporarily. Unless we use the car a whole lot during the year they don't charge us any extra. We pay a little extra annually to have this arrangement, but much less than insuring the car for the whole year. It might save a few bucks for you.

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                • #9
                  Diesel Jetta for your everyday driver.....or a Mini Cooper S. (Mini would be my choice)

                  Find a 25 year old pickup/Blazer/Bronco cheap and tag it as a classic. Insurance is dirt cheap.
                  Go through Hagerty Insurance.
                  You can also find a used Grand Cherokee/Tahoe/Suburban for under $2K.
                  I was njskier on here.

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                  • #10
                    For a 196 go test drive a Hyundai SantaFe or Kia Sorrento. We have a SantaFe and get around 26 highway and tow at about 18. Need the v-6 of course. Tows the 85 great and should have no problem with the 196. No need for two vehicles.
                    I spent most of my money on booze, broads and boats. The rest I wasted. - Elmore Leonard

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                    • #11
                      Can you get a slip at a marina?


                      rent a u haul pickup to get it to and back from your home when season over - get's chilly up in your area no?. Or do you take it to different ski areas?
                      sigpic...A bad day water skiing still beats a good day at work...1995 Pro Star 205....

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by JohnE View Post
                        Get an older tow rig and buy a nice 40 mpg commuter car? Leave whichever one at the store when not in use? Or does that defeat the flexible ski times as you need truck to pull to lake?
                        This makes complete sense to me.

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                        • #13
                          I parked my Silverado and leased a Leaf for $200/ month..... leasing the leaf Literally means I am making $300/month not driving my truck. Truck is parked on the street - still use when I feel the need to burn fossil fuel or.... drive the kids to soccer games outside of the range of the leaf.

                          I drive the leaf like a Porsche and get around 75 miles - if I drove it like a grandma or a greenpeacing, whale saving, tree hugging, pot smoking, grateful dead following, petrulie oil bathing hippie I get between 90 and 95.
                          https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-w...4/IMG_4883.gif

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                          • #14
                            2012 Touareg TDI is getting 28-29 all around and 14 towing my X25.

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                            • #15
                              I have no personal experience with one but a new diesel Jeep or Ram 1500 might be a good compromise. Push 30 mpg and still be able to tow when the need arises.

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