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Old 17 June 2004, 03:49   #41
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Seems that you all have quite a lot money to spend.

What about a Passat Variant 4-motion? Four wheel drive and a very nice engine. You can spend the money you save on your rib.
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Old 17 June 2004, 04:25   #42
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Stephen - good idea. Although the Passat 4motion is a new model isn't it? Passat's tend to depreciate a lot in the first couple of years. (Which is why I currently own a 3yr old one )
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Old 17 June 2004, 06:08   #43
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Nice.

I have the cheapest 2,0 115 hp model (not a 4-motion of course). Company car and no problems with my 580 Bombard and 100 hp Yammie.

Hope the next one will be a diesel. Much easier towing.
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Old 17 June 2004, 06:23   #44
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Stephen - good idea. Although the Passat 4motion is a new model isn't it? Passat's tend to depreciate a lot in the first couple of years. (Which is why I currently own a 3yr old one )
4motion has been around for a while I think. As an example, Autotrader comes up with:

02(51) VW PASSAT 2.8 V6 4MOTION Saloon, Lindvale Volkswagen 4 door, Four Wheel Drive, Saloon, Silver Blue, 28000 miles, Anti-lock brakes,Drivers air bag,17'' alloy wheels,Central locking,Climate control,Computer,Electric windows,Power . . . . (trade)
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All depends on your budget of course!
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Old 17 June 2004, 06:37   #45
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Quote "I've got a slightly fettled Subaru for the weekends... I'm not looking for sporty!

I quite agree! I've never bought a new car, as I pay for them myself. It'll be a year or two old, so before Bangle hit them with his ugly stick."

Jlanng!
I know it's Japanese and all, but Subarau has a great reputation for a work vehicle. I use a Legacy 2.0 Estate with AWD and it pulls our 6.5M up slimey slopes with no effort whatsoever. What Subaru do you have now?
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Old 17 June 2004, 08:00   #46
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Trade Sales in Slough had a very nice 4Motion V8 estate new for just over 20K. had leather etc etc.
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Old 17 June 2004, 13:09   #47
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Other option is to look in the back of "what car" etc in the brokers section. Some manufacturers are throwng money around on new cars.

I nearly got the girlfriend a new MX5 for 175/month inc Vat over 12 months. 3/11 payments then just give the car back. There are other deals around on cars more suitable for towing. Try http://www.contracthireandleasing.com/

I would agree though, used is definately the way to go.

Oh and Alan - your are correct, the V50 is based on new focus platform but it is only a platform, they had to strongly re-inforce it before it got the safety level required for Volvo.
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Old 17 June 2004, 14:19   #48
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I'm going to go against the general run of this thread, and say I like front wheel drive cars!
Before you all rush to tell me off, most smaller cars (I can't afford a new BMW, I know their balance is better!) are heavier over the front axle, even with the weight of a trailer on the back. Nose weight should be 50 to 100Kg in most cases, bet your average front wheel drive estate is still heavier at the front! Think to the advice for snow driving, front wheel drive is best, also narrower profile tyres grip better.
Also, all the slips I use tend to be quite steep, and front wheel drive puts your driven wheels 20' further from the wet stuff!
Also, although the power doesn't kick in on a turbo till the engine starts to rev, you have much more torque ar low rpm than a petrol.
I just know I'm going to get shouted at, but if I was buying a car to tow a 6m rib I'd go for a front wheel drive torbo diesel every time.
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front wheel drive torbo diesel
Actually might go for a turbo diesel!
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Old 17 June 2004, 15:07   #50
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My S60 is a front wheel drive turbo diesel and that copes with a 7 meter boat no probs. Max towing weight is only issue
Wouldn't fancy my chances on a steep wet slip though....
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