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Hi All,

We bought our Borrego Limited in December with 83,500 miles to tow a Casita travel trailer that we purchased in November. We started camping late March. So far with have logged 20 nights camping and most recently a 12 day, 1900 mile trip, including towing in the mountains of PA and MD on I-68 that has some 6% grades. I am getting 12.5 to 14 mpg towing. I averaged 13 miles per gallon on the 1900 miles trip, but that included about 400 miles of non-towing (touring) miles. I tend to tow primarily in 4th gear at 55 to 60 mph. Impressed with the wide power band in 4th. Occasionally, would need to downshift to 3rd on the steepest grades. Also, hit some steep grades in PA, MD, WV, and KY when off the interstate.

Currently, we have 89,500 miles. Goes in for the first oil change and rotation tomorrow.

Plenty of power to tow our Casita (2,900 lbs before loaded). No problems.

Loving the Borrego.

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How is the ride comfort-wise? I looked at the Borrego, but there weren't any after market strut shock-absorbers at that time. (Pretty rough rides, so I was sensitive to the users who complained about the rough ride.)
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Hi otodd,

Under most conditions I find the ride just fine measuring it in terms of being a truck, not a crossover. At times, it can be a little harsh. However, the Limited is far more luxurious than anything I could have expected for $12,000 and that is as capable as the Borrego in terms of towing, particularly with only 83,500 miles when we bought.

It rides like an '09 truck, but that is just fine with me.

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Hi All,

We have now put 10,000 miles on The Borg since buying it in Dec, '15 with 83,500 miles. We have added three additional long weekend camping trips towing the Casita since my last post. I continue to get 13 mpg towing. All is well. I do have a few nit picky things, but to be expected with a 7 y/o vehicle:

1. A couple of the AC roof vents are broken.
2. The USB port does not work.
3. The jack to connect a device works poorly.
4. A couple of weeks ago, I started it and the check engine light kicked on and it ran very rough. I turned it off and restarted. The engine smoothed out and the check engine light kicked off. I took it to a trusted mechanic. He stated the diagnostic indicated a misfire on cylinders 1 and 3 and might be the coils. He said to continue to drive to see if it repeats. It has been as smooth as silk since then.

I continue to enjoy it as a very capable used tug to tow my Casita.

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Hi All,

We are getting ready for our 2nd season of camping using The Borg as a tow. We purchased it with 83,500 miles in December, 2016. It currently has just over 96,000 miles about 15 months later. We used it to tow 4,000 miles in 2016. Did a great job. Beyond a couple of minor wear and tear issues and one misfire, it has been an outstanding SUV!

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Hi All,

We have already started our third camping (towing) season for 2018. We did a 1,600 mile round trip, 17 day trip to Florida in January and just got back from a 720 mile round trip to Montgomery, AL. We towed 3,100 miles in 2017 (4,100 in 2016). Our cumulative towing since owning the Borrego will go over 10,000 miles after our April camping trip to the Smoky Mt National Park.

I continue to be impressed with the Borrego. Besides normal maintenance, our only mechanical issues since my last update were:

1. Replaced auxilllary cooling fan in August. The Borg would run hot at idle under load during the summer months. The auxiliary fan needed replacing. It did take awhile to get this part.

2. In January, I decided to have my mechanic replace two ignition coils and two spark plugs due to occasional misfiring. It was not a major problem, but to avoid a major problem while towing I decided to replace the two coils and plugs.

I am averaging 14.5 mpg towing a 2,900 lb small Casita travel trailer. My mileage has gone up from 13.5.

Still loving The Borg! Hoping to get at least 3 or more years of daily driving and towing from The Mighty Borg!

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Hi MceeD,

Congratulations on your Borrego V6! What year and length is your Escape trailer?

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Hello, do you happen to remember what's the part number that you replaced when fixing the auxiliary fan? I have the same problem in my V8 (running hot when idling while towing). Also where did you get the part from? thanks.
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Hello, do you happen to remember what's the part number that you replaced when fixing the auxiliary fan? I have the same problem in my V8 (running hot when idling while towing). Also where did you get the part from? thanks.
Hi Anicora,

I am of no help to you. My mechanic ordered the part and installed it. However, it took 4 to 6 weeks go get the part! That is the only time I have had to wait any more than a day or so on a part.

The rear differential fluid is not a “standard” oil and is a bit pricey as well.

Other than that, business as usual with The Borg! We have almost 120,000 miles on our’s. We have put 36,000 miles on it in the three years we have owned it, including nearly 12,000 miles towing.

Love it!

Happy New Year,

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Thanks Dean. I believe that this is the part that I need 97786-2j200, but the dealer is asking 500 bucks including labour, so I am trying to find a cheaper option hopefully.
Anyhow, I am also very pleased with my 130K EX V8 Borrego. I drove 25K in 2 years, and 50% if not more of that mileage comes from towing a 6,000 pound travel trailer across the country. In spite of some preventive maintenance and minor repairs I had to make, total cost of ownership (depreciation + maintenance + insurance + gas) is best in class for this type of vehicle.
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