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Old 07-30-2019, 03:02 PM
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Another long towing trip under the belt

Spent 9 days on the road towing our camper trailer last week. This was the longest trip we have taken at about 600 miles of towing, over 2 passes and in 90+ degree heat with AC blasting. I am just so impressed with this car as a tow vehicle. Ours is a 2003 3.0 with the 5-speed manual, an OEM hitch with WDH, and Tekonsha proportional brake controller. I have to downshift to third to climb some of the higher-elevation grades, but generally it doesnt lack power. My trailer is an Apex Nano 19-footer, which is just shy of 3,000lbs dry. It isnt a huge trailer, but it is full width and height, not like an R pod.



I have no modifications except for 4.6is fartcans. But I did nab an aFe intake on amazon for $112 shipped yesterday, so the next trip with the trailer will be a great way to see if there is any performance increase.



I havent filled up since I got back, but my first two fillups were 14.3 and 13.7 mpg. Last year I had one tank as low as 12.5mpg, so this wasnt so bad. Could be worse. My last towing vehicle was a 2001 Tahoe with a V8, and this is both more powerful and more stable despite being a smaller car.



This is my first german vehicle and in year 3 of ownership, I am still surprised at how much I like this car. It hasnt been unreliable, it is fun to drive (for an SUV), it's really stinking nice, and most of all I only paid $6k for it. Sorry for the rambling, but I really do like this car.



10/10 would purchase again
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thats fantastic to hear. if you take care of it, it should take care of you.
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Old 07-30-2019, 04:41 PM
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This is my first german vehicle and in year 3 of ownership, I am still surprised at how much I like this car. It hasnt been unreliable, it is fun to drive (for an SUV), it's really stinking nice, and most of all I only paid $6k for it. Sorry for the rambling, but I really do like this car.

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Nice to see a post on here that isn't about a problem!

Actually, this forum is a pretty good balance of the good, the bad and the ugly.

The ugly being the OFHG repair on some models...

This is my first German vehicle too - four years in and I'm a lifer.
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This is my first German vehicle too - four years in and I'm a lifer.
See? You guys are lucky. My first *vehicle* was a german vehicle... I got relegated to a life of poverty early.
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I bought mine fully depreciated. I am all in maybe $8,500, which includes complete CCV and cooling system overhaul. My only failures have been two windows with broken clips -- $40 total repairs.
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I bought mine fully depreciated. I am all in maybe $8,500, which includes complete CCV and cooling system overhaul. My only failures have been two windows with broken clips -- $40 total repairs.
That's darn good value for money, esp. for a car of this pedigree.

I paid a bit over US$10k for mine, with ~120k miles. Spent a bit on maint. items, like the exhaust manifold, glow plugs and controller, viscous fan coupling, various suspension bushes (front and rear) but have not had any major failures and I'd certainly call what I have done just routine maint. on wear items. Well, maybe not the exhaust manifold but that failure IS a known issue on the M57TU.

I regularly tow large loads of firewood with mine - don't even notice 2-3cu.m of wet wood on the back.
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