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Old 05 May 2007, 07:01   #11
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Andy, me old mate. Come and see ya friendly Landrover dealer (i.e me ) and i'll do ya the deal of a lifetime on a freelander 2.

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Old 08 May 2007, 12:07   #12
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when i picked up mine i just adjusted the bow post to keep the boat further back, i also moved the rear roller arm back as well until the balance was just nice
dont bother trying to move axles as that is a pain and adjustment of brakes needed etc

when the boat is built up then you can adjust the axle to get the best balance, i keep mine very light at the front

the bare boat will be around 550+ so add that to the trailer and if within limits then you should be fine with the kia, but longer term you will need to get a bigger towcar with greater capacity, if on a budget then you cant go wrong with a landy disco, parts are cheap and plenty to choose from, or you could take a risk with one of those imported shoguns!

i bet you cant wait,
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You are right Chris, I can't wait

However I never factored in a change of vehical and things are on a tight budget. I'll get peanuts for the Kia (that's if I can sell it), it's a shame because it's been one of the most reliable cars I have ever had and never missed a beat.

So what can I get sub £2000?

I don't like jap 4x4's much and have the missus and an ever shrinking driveway to think of anyway.

There are Landrover 300TDi's in this range, but are they any good? I'd have though sub £2000 landies would be a pile of crap!

Are the manual ones good because the missus won't drive an Auto!
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You are right Chris, I can't wait

However I never factored in a change of vehical and things are on a tight budget. I'll get peanuts for the Kia (that's if I can sell it), it's a shame because it's been one of the most reliable cars I have ever had and never missed a beat.

So what can I get sub £2000?

I don't like jap 4x4's much and have the missus and an ever shrinking driveway to think of anyway.

There are Landrover 300TDi's in this range, but are they any good? I'd have though sub £2000 landies would be a pile of crap!

Are the manual ones good because the missus won't drive an Auto!
Do you REALLY NEED a 4x4? Wider range of vehicles that can tow that weight if you don't need 4wd.
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Old 08 May 2007, 18:50   #15
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Sub £2000 got me a tidy 97 ford maverick 2.4 petrol.swb
Didn't want a diesel that age . Its done 90k miles pulls very well and returns average 24mpg running local, and lots more on a run .
Nothing wrong with Jap 4x4 for me , Its not fast , but compared to older disco's and landie's its a racing car . and very compact for m drive space and manouvering
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Do you REALLY NEED a 4x4? Wider range of vehicles that can tow that weight if you don't need 4wd.
The slipway I usually use is very steep and shingly, I've had poor results using FWD cars. A RWD car would be better but 4x4 the dogs danglys.

I'm a little bit peeved that the tow weight of the Kia is so low though as it would be Ideal if a little heavier.
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Sub £2000 got me a tidy 97 ford maverick 2.4 petrol.swb
Didn't want a diesel that age . Its done 90k miles pulls very well and returns average 24mpg running local, and lots more on a run .
Nothing wrong with Jap 4x4 for me , Its not fast , but compared to older disco's and landie's its a racing car . and very compact for m drive space and manouvering
Ian, yes I've looked at Ford 4x4's, what is the tow limit for a Maverick? An explorer would be too big I think!
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Old 08 May 2007, 23:41   #18
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If you're looking at sub £2k I'd buy a Frontera. You'll get a good, sub 100k miles 2.5 or 2.8 diesel for that price-or an excellent petrol. (stay away from the 2.3 diesel-they're truly awful engines)


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