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Old 18 January 2008, 08:55   #21
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One of the best tarmac tow vehicles on the market, superb for dragging ribs long distances and wont get stuck on a slip. Why would you want to go offroad with it? I have a Mitzy for that. It's a 4x4 not an 'off-roader'.
How does your Ferrari tow?
What about an Audi A8??? It's a 4x4 and about the same offroad............
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Old 18 January 2008, 08:57   #22
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It's gone up to 50p in South Wales now - as much as 60p in some places!!!
.....yeah it says that on "Petrol station" forecourts here too....but that's not where you wanna be buying it from. Find Flogas/AutoGas/Farm outlets..and pay the proper price.
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Old 18 January 2008, 15:48   #23
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believe it or not i dont think many X5 owners buy an X5 with a view of using it for offroading
Spot on Hugh... I know my X5 would be shit off road, and use other vehicles for that when I need to, its a niche product for some of us, to be sure but its a cracking road car, as much as it is a tow vehicle, it has a nice weight to balance whatever I've towed with it, you wont read that in a hand book, but once you've used it you just know !........... and it does 0-60 in 7 seconds ... shit did I already say that ? .......

*Edit* plus you'll struggle to find a better built motor IMO excepting Audi
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Old 19 January 2008, 04:29   #24
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and it does 0-60 in 7 seconds ...
Is that the 3.0L D you've got there? What kind of MPG do you get?
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Old 20 January 2008, 16:54   #25
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from memory..and it's been parked up for a few months...single figures for short hops up to 12 on a run....maybe a few percent more on petrol....but at (just increased!!) 46p Litre..I'll live with that and it is soooooo nice to drive compared to a smaller turbo diesel...

<edit> Just checked Gas website and find you can still pay as little as 41p/litre in this area...
aaaahhh thats nice

i would love a gas petrol or a nice big diesel pusher, a few friends get 6mpg out of theirs and they are not converted but they do sound great

have been thinking carefully about a nice arv, around 34 ft would be fine but finding one with the right layout, 3 or 4 slides and a garage that is not tooo large is a real struggle
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Spot on Hugh... I know my X5 would be shit off road, and use other vehicles for that when I need to, its a niche product for some of us, to be sure but its a cracking road car, as much as it is a tow vehicle, it has a nice weight to balance whatever I've towed with it, you wont read that in a hand book, but once you've used it you just know !........... and it does 0-60 in 7 seconds ... shit did I already say that ? .......

*Edit* plus you'll struggle to find a better built motor IMO excepting Audi
i love em too, did you consider the 4.6 or 4.8? i am most tempted by the 4.6 but if i could get a seriously chipped 3.0d that would be great. i need to chop in the 7 soon and am considering the x5 or m5, trouble is i know the x5 will tick all the boxs with the boat
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i love em too, did you consider the 4.6 or 4.8? i am most tempted by the 4.6 but if i could get a seriously chipped 3.0d that would be great. i need to chop in the 7 soon and am considering the x5 or m5, trouble is i know the x5 will tick all the boxs with the boat
Funny you should say that, mine is the 4.6 iS which I'm about to sell, but I test drove the new 4.8 M Sport and it just doesnt seem as fast. They say it is faster because they've now got a 'double clutch' in the auto box which makes the shift faster, but it just didn't feel as quick when I floored it, maybe its cos it was new, but it did surprise me. I get a thrust in the seat from the 4.6 that the 4.8 didnt seem to have. dunno why ? That said it blows all the other 4X wannabes off the map, supercharged Rangie included, only the Porsche Cayenne turbo, which I have never driven can rival it anyways it tows like a dream and thats my main consideration, rear air auto levelling suspension and learning gearbox, it is a tool to behold Doh I already said that somewhere
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