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JBCornwell posted 12-01-2001 03:50 PM ET (US)   Profile for JBCornwell   Send Email to JBCornwell  
I have a 1998 Mercedes ML 320 that I have had for 3 years. She has towed Sunshine III (Montauk) all over the continent without a whimper (well, crossing the Rockies had to be done in 3rd of a 5 speed auto transmission). She towed the Outrage 18 back to Texas from FL, but wanted to use 3rd on even moderate grades (lots of revs). Never a hint of overheating engine or trans. The vehicle is rated to tow 5,000 (with brakes) and 3,000 without.

I have been offered a Toyota Land Cruiser at an attractive price. 2000 with 40K miles, 4.7 liter V8. Drives very well, comfort is superb, but technically less sophisticated than the Mercedes. HEAVY, must weigh 5500 or so.

Who has experience with this Luxo-Ute? What do you think about it for towing an OR-18 all over the continent? I understand that it is identical to the Lexus LX470 except for gingerbread and bux. Does that matter?

Thanks for input, Gents.

Red sky at night....
JB :)

Peter posted 12-01-2001 04:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
JB, I don't think I've ever seen anybody tow anything with a Land Bruiser and we have a quite a number of them around here. A 5000 lb max towing capacity with a 4.7 liter V8 seems a bit low to me when compared to the Ford Explorer V8 at about 6500 lbs and the Chevy Tahoe at about 7500 lbs. Must be the weight of it.

Anyhow, I'm sure it would be better for towing an 18 Outrage than the Merc. I used to tow my 18 Outrage with the V8 Explorer and hardly noticed it was back there. You should check to see whether it is equipped with some sort of transmission cooler.

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