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    Looking for a cheap and reliable dd/weekend hauler

    As the title says, I'm thinking of buying a used vehicle to help keep the miles down on my V and also to be able to use for Home Depot runs.
    I have several home improvement projects planned for this year and my V coupe and wife's 328i aren't going to cut it.
    I'm only going to have about $5,000 to spend.
    I don't need it for long trips, just 7 miles a day for work and a little more on the weekend around the city.
    A small pick up would be okay but I prefer a utility vehicle (Jeep, Blazer, etc..)
    4 or 6 cyl is fine and 2wd.
    I don't have much experience in used SUV's/pick ups, so whatever advice you can give would be much appreciate.

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    '94-'97 Fleetwood hearse? Cheap, reliable, haul, tow, and it's a Cadillac.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoistCabbage View Post
    '94-'97 Fleetwood hearse? Cheap, reliable, hail, tow, and it's a Cadillac.
    How cool would that be?! Unfortunately my driveway is only big enough for 4 cars.

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    Re: Looking for a cheap and reliable dd/weekend hauler

    Chevy S10 with a Vortec v6. Stupid reliable, but even older models will be hard to find south of $5k.

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    Re: Looking for a cheap and reliable dd/weekend hauler

    Roadmaster Estate/Caprice Estate?

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    You forgot Custom Cruiser. But I think he wants something smaller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CVP33 View Post
    Chevy S10 with a Vortec v6. Stupid reliable, but even older models will be hard to find south of $5k.
    I had a '96 Tahoe and loved it. Gave it to my father in law a few years ago. Brother in law wrecked it after a couple of months. Wish I'd kept it.
    Yeah I know its gonna be a little hard to find something reliable for 5g but, I'm putting my money in home improvements this year.

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    Re: Looking for a cheap and reliable dd/weekend hauler

    you could get a cheap sedan that can easily accomodate a light duty (1000-2000 lb) hitch, put on said hitch, and buy a used utility trailer for a few hundred bucks (or put together one of those Harbor Freight kits for $239 plus the cost of a sheet of plywood)......with 12" tires and a 1500 pound capacity, they only weigh a couple hundred pounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6104696 View Post
    you could get a cheap sedan that can easily accomodate a light duty (1000-2000 lb) hitch, put on said hitch, and buy a used utility trailer for a few hundred bucks (or put together one of those Harbor Freight kits for $239 plus the cost of a sheet of plywood)......with 12" tires and a 1500 pound capacity, they only weigh a couple hundred pounds.
    Good idea, thanks. I would even consider a small crossover like Subaru outback. That would be big enough for a lot of things and I can always rent a pick up from Lowes or Home Depot for bigger things.

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    I'm in this same boat as you, but looking for a beater truck that has 4WD and working heat for the snowy winters here and to haul stuff for my folks when necessary, as I used to do with my last vehicle ('08 Silverado). So, we are in this struggle together, vfaninva!!

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    Re: Looking for a cheap and reliable dd/weekend hauler

    Not sure if they are yet in your price range, but the "non-jeep" jeeps like the compass and the liberty are fine transportation, have folding rear seats (I think), and have pathetic resale values (Dodge Nitro, too).

    Maybe if yer lucky you find a mint Pontiac Aztek.....(grin).

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6104696 View Post
    Maybe if yer lucky you find a mint Pontiac Aztek.....(grin).
    I thought GM bought all those back and destroyed all evidence that they ever existed!

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    Re: Looking for a cheap and reliable dd/weekend hauler

    Quote Originally Posted by vfaninva View Post
    I'm thinking of buying a used vehicle to help keep the miles down on my V and also to be able to use for Home Depot runs.
    CTS-V wagon.

    But you knew I was going to say that, haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xaqtly View Post

    CTS-V wagon.

    But you knew I was going to say that, haha.
    My wife says I can only have one mistress (her nickname for my V).

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    Re: Looking for a cheap and reliable dd/weekend hauler

    Someone on the CTS forum is selling his CTS SportWagon AWD.

    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...r-3-6-awd.html

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