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Old 05 March 2006, 18:49   #1
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Best small towing car...

OK if I wanted to regularly travel 300 miles fast and economically and be able to collect & launch a 6m boat on a decent slip (4x4 unnecessary) at the other end, what would you buy?

Say £5k budget?
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Old 05 March 2006, 18:58   #2
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What about a Rover 75? Very under rated car and FAR more reliable than people give them credit for. How the hell Ford can sell the tat they do and yet Rover have gone bust is beyond me!!!

Just spotted this on Ebay as a quick example

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/2001-51-ROVER-...QQcmdZViewItem

Rover 75 Estate - they look really nice - 2001 model with 23500 miles on it.

To be honest most cars these days are so cheap s/h you can buy all sorts for that sort of budget.

How about an Audi S8 4.2 quattro - you can get a 1999 model with low milage for that sort of money - was £65,000 new!!! Oops - forgot you said cheap to run!!!
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Codprawn, you are completely bonkers!

Spend £6k on a five-year-old Rover on Ebay... you can get one-year-old Mondeos 12,000 miles on the clock from a ford main dealer for £8k!

As for Ford motors being tat, we ran a Rover and a Ford alongside each other a few years ago... the Rover broke down and was regularly returned to the dealer whilst the Ford ran like a swiss watch. Wake up and smell the coffee, there are good reasons why Rover went to the wall, and quality was a major one.
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We ran 5 Rover 400s - all rover's own 2l turbo diesel. All bought in 1998. No problems at all with any of them. Still have 1 which we use as a backup - 165,000 miles and still nice to drive. A few mates of mine have got Fords of a similar age - rusted to hell and all sorts of electrical troubles.

The Mondeo and Focus are much better than Fords used to be but still not brilliant. I have test driven a few Fiestas for mates recently and also drove a 3 yr old one to Newport on the M4 last week - totally gutless and hideous to drive - our old Rover is in a different league.

I was just posting a quick example!!!

Only 1 car I have ever owned had an engine that went bang - also happened to be the ONLY Ford I have ever owned!!!

Transits are great though.
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My girlfriend has one. It's got a Pug 1800 turbo diesel in it, pulls like a train and does 48mpg. Find a one-owner example and you're laughing. Hers is great. Looks a bit like an old man's car but to be honest that's an advantage as thieves don't even notice it.
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ford will be worth tuppence after a couple of years and rover is a bit of an unknown - for circa £5k I'd get a VW Golf 1.9 TDI, probably on a X/W plate for that kind of money - quickish, economical, would have no probs with your rib and should hold its value.
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Rovers are nice reliable cars, we run a small fleet of them (Turbo Diesel) and no real problems.

However don't you want a rear wheel drive car for slipway recovery, my Pug 405 was crap even on shallow slips.
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Get your self a Audi A4 Tdi Quattro should manage to get them for the sort of cash you are talking about, 45 mpg and it will last…
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I found my Audi a bit gutless when towing I don't run a car anymore just a 4*4 but i believe tht Primeras are very underated cars. we had a 2.0 litre GTEfi cdm and bar and it was a very good tow vehicle and very nippy without a tow.

if you get the diesel version Nissan have a good rep for making diesels. How mauch can you get a volvo estate for
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Rich - you could do a lot worse than a 4x4 Skoda Octavia estate. And this one even comes with a towbar:

http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/54592.htm
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