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Old 09 May 2007, 14:30   #21
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I've decided not to worry about a tow vehicle for the moment, I'll get Blue Venom back home first by borrowing someones or using the Kia as I think the tow weight will be about the 900 kg's without engine. It'll be some time till she's commisioned anyway, but I will keep an eye on Ebay and Autotrader though, just in case.

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Old 09 May 2007, 15:18   #22
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Get a Frontera 2.2dti, there cheep, easy to maintain, cheep, and will pull up to 2800 kg, and there cheep !!!!!!
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I was looking at Frontera's before I bought the Kia. Trust me there are a load of crap ones out there and everyone had reams and reams of rust underneath.
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Old 09 May 2007, 17:19   #24
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I was looking at Frontera's before I bought the Kia. Trust me there are a load of crap ones out there and everyone had reams and reams of rust underneath.

LWB or SWB?
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LWB ones! One with a tasty 2.8 TD in, but had other problems.
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I spoke to few mates I know in the trade and I was advised to steer clear of old fronteras , rust being one of the reasons , plus diesel engine problems .

I won't buy any older diesel , they are all prone to costing lots of money with cracked heads , knackered turbo's and dodgy pumps .

The few MPG less the petrol does is never worth the worry in an old run about .
Maybe if its a main vehicle and its going to do some miles then Diesel is better but you need to spend more money .

I dunno what the maverick will legally tow but would expect it to be at least same as frontera .

Best tow vehicle I ever used was Landcruiser or Nissan patrol , I used to work for a 4x4 dealer and did lots of towing with whatever we had in stock at the time . Merc G wagon was also good but not easy to find . or of couse a v8 landie £££
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The 2.8 isuzu diesels are great. It's probably not worth buying a Frontera near the coast though-it's a fair bet that it'll have been used for launching a boat at some point by a numpty who drove it in the sea.
The ones I've had have been from Birmingham way and they weren't rotten at all.
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So what about the Frontera's bigger brother, the Monterey?
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So what about the Frontera's biger brother, the Montery?
That's basically an Isuzu Trooper isn't it? They're reknowned for being solid but haven't got great ground clearance. If you're only towing with it that shouldn't matter.
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That's basically an Isuzu Trooper isn't it?
Yep. Rots like f*ck. Excellent mechanically as long as you stick with the 2.8 engine but the chassis will dissolve if you drive it past a slipway.

You could always have a look at a Fourtrak-if you get a good one they are wonderful-and physically smaller than a Fronty. 2 doors but they are an occasional 7-seater (foldout 'jumpseats' in the boot).Pushrod engines so no expensive cambelt changes and electrically adjustable rear suspension. Mine had a brake compensator on the rear axle too so it towed like a dream.
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