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Old 10 December 2014, 14:18   #11
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I had a 4.6 i.s. model special edition X5 then a 4.8 ... fantastic towing machine on the road but poor off it. The big chassis handles the boat as if it wasn't there, and I didn't really care about my petrol consumption .. which is just as well ... my current RIB is a 5.4 and if you wanted to overtake .. it kinda forgot there was anything on the tow hook .. I did worry about the massive loadings being applied

Neither of them cost me a bean .. except I did have a screen for the ccc display in the 4.8 (80).. the only real running cost is the tyres. They are set up with each corner having its own camber and toe in settings, and they ran with quite a bit of reverse camber on the rears meaning the inside edges wear out very fast, so much so, you may have a good 4mm across the tyre but it will be shot due to shoulder wear .. keep an eye on that as it will catch you out. (unless theyve changed that since mine was a 57 plate E70)
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Old 10 December 2014, 16:05   #12
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I'm after some advice/experiences really. As the title suggests.......



I currently drive a 2005 ('54 reg) LR Discovery 3 as the towcar for my 6m RIB. It has been a great car and I love it BUT.......



I have a chance of a reasonably priced 2012 ('62 reg) BMW X5 30d xDrive.



Has anyone got any experience of the X5 as a tow car? I'd be interested to hear any thoughts/comments.



Background:



Boat plus trailer is around 1500kg all in. (Max tow weight for both D3 and X5 is 3500kg).

Disco has been fine, and is good shape for a 10 year old car with only a couple of minor problems along the way. (Will it start to go majorly wrong soon?)

I don't go off-road as such, but I need to know the car can cope with the odd "less than perfect" slipway/track/field.

Average mpg is about 22-25 for my D3 (quoted as 27.2 combined by LR) and the X5 is quoted as 38 combined by BMW.

I use the car every day as a work/shopping/kid & dog transporter. (My missus has a smaller car for work/shopping/kids too).

We have 4 dogs that we regularly take out to the woods, etc. as well.



Thanks in advance!

I go Disco but I am biased of course see if the dogs fit in the bmw
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Old 10 December 2014, 16:44   #13
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I find the BMW a little bit lord Flashheart for my taste driven by Baldrick, a pretend 4wd, besides no one would let you in

I understand your towing, a purpose built vehicle for such a purpose is what you require


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Old 10 December 2014, 17:41   #14
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Old 10 December 2014, 18:05   #15
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BMW X5 or stick with my Disco 3?

Thanks for all the comments! I think we're going to stick with the D3 for now. There are a couple of things I'd like to do to it to make it perfect (for me) but it's not far off.


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Old 10 December 2014, 18:24   #16
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Thanks for all the comments! I think we're going to stick with the D3 for now. There are a couple of things I'd like to do to it to make it perfect (for me) but it's not far off.


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Old 10 December 2014, 18:40   #17
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Thanks for all the comments! I think we're going to stick with the D3 for now. There are a couple of things I'd like to do to it to make it perfect (for me) but it's not far off.


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Good call dude Are you a member of the D3 forum?

Loads of good stuff on there
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I'm also a D3 owner, but have been lucky enough to do a bit of travelling in an X5.

It certainly helps that you can fix the D3 yourself as I certainly couldn't afford to keep mine if I was paying Mr LR 120/hr every time it's gone wrong.

It does of course come down to what you're going to do with the car.
I find the D3 great to cruise the motorway with, in fact more comfortable than the X5, but at 70mph not 80(on a private road etc......). And of course it's using more fuel than the X5 at those speeds.

On A roads the X5 is the better handling car if the road is full of corners, but again slowing down slightly in the D3 brings it closer to the X5, but it will never be as good in that respect.

However, the X5 will obviously never be as good as the D3 in any sort of situation that isn't normal on road driving, and will reach it's limit in Snow, Mud or on wet grass whilst the D3 goes sailing past. BUT, it always depends on the tyres fitted. I run my D3 on GG ATs which I believe are the best all round tyres I've used for the mixture of situations I find myself in. They are NOT noisy on the road, are great on wet slimy slipways and brilliant on wet grass and deep mud. They are also very good on wet roads.

I've not towed with the X5, but there is a reason the D3/D4 has been voted best tow car in it's category for years on end.

People at work admire my D3 and ask what I think about them getting one.
I always answer that compared to the Japanese 4x4s I've had in the past it's the best car I've ever owned, but also the one I've spent more time fixing. I advise them to proceed only if they can afford to pay Mr LR to fix it, or be prepared to fix it themselves.

I understand that a lot of the D3 issues have been fixed on the D4.

Despite everything, if I came into some money I'd be straight down the LR dealers for a D4. I'd love a new style Range Rover, but I need the 7 seats and load space which the RR just doesn't have, although it does have the glorious
TDV8 engine.

Oh, and with the all new D5 coming out soon, I'd wait until all the D5 owners have done the development testing for LR and buy a D6.

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Old 11 December 2014, 04:35   #19
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Good call dude Are you a member of the D3 forum?

Loads of good stuff on there
Yes I am, I'm ovey1 on there. So far it's been useful for a couple of things - I've been locked out of the boot (upper door not released - common D3 problem) and the EPB squealing like a banshee (currently getting stuff together to do this). I got parts for the boot through the forum and have found the how to's pretty good - it would have cost a fortune to get LR to do these jobs!

And thanks Nasher, you've pretty much hit the nail on the head there! I think I'll keep the D3 until it starts to fall apart and replace it with a D4! It is 10 years old, but runs well and apart from the 2 problems I've described, it's been fantastic. The TVs in the rear headrests keep the boys happy too!
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The only way a 2012 X5 can tow 3500 kgs is if it has uprated towing capacity, if it doesn't have that it's 2700 kgs, the uprated bit consists of a bigger fan, anyone tells u anything else there talking shi##, only reason I know is I have 1.
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