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Old 24 February 2010, 02:58   #31
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.......a tool for a job is its best description
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Old 24 February 2010, 06:08   #32
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Bruce as a Sorento owner I agree with what Doug M said. The old shape is a better car for what you are looking for. I am sure if you did a search you would pick up an old shape for a ggod price.
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Old 24 February 2010, 15:10   #33
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OK the Cherokee is now well past its sell by date and is due for replacement. Can't complain as it has lasted 10 years without any major issues running up and down the country towing the boat.
I am considering an 3 year old Nissan X Trail or a Jeep Patriot as a replacement. Would prefer a car for comfort and economy but the RIB is just big enough to require 4 wheel drive for launching/recovery most of the time.

Any views or otherwise on these two, good or bad? I don't need a large 4X4 apart from the RIB towing and Landrovers are definitely not on the list. Anything else I should consider about the same size and capability?

Need to buy something within the next month before the MOT comes round so nothing exotic is possible.
You would get a used mark 6 hilux crewcab with the rear canopy fitted on the pick up bed for that type of money.The 3.0 diesel will return close to or over 40mpg if driven carefully. And with all the recent hype over toyotas problems it looks as if u might get one even cheaper!
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Old 24 February 2010, 16:27   #34
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Just go and buy something like this -

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/2007-Hyundai-S...item5639228d7c

Job done .........with whatever is left on the 5 year warranty cant be bad for that money ?
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Old 26 February 2010, 09:17   #35
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My mate has a Santa Fe I was quite impressed with how it towed our 5.5m Delta with 100hp 4st yam. He did consider the 6 cylinder petrol as a gas conversion option but went for the 2.7diesel.

As doggypaddle said earlier I'm off to slam my head in my landrover door 4 times plus an extra one for not getting my Isuzu engine fitted yet.
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Old 29 May 2010, 18:18   #36
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Well the Cherokee surprisingly passed its MOT easily a couple of months ago so the pressure was taken off for a while.
However I did still look and plan on replacing it in the near future. Ended up buying an 07 Sorento XS today with only 15000miles on the clock and FSH etc.
Just need to fit a tow bar and hopefully towing the RIB around will be slightly more comfortable on the bum and the wallet.........
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Old 01 June 2010, 10:40   #37
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well done Bruce welcome to the sorento club you will not be disappointed it will tow your rib with ease and it is a dream to tow. One word of advice if reversing when launching with your wife directing lift the tailgate it is much easier to see the trailer and hear the commands.
Cheers mate enjoy IOM

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Old 07 June 2010, 10:03   #38
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Picked it up saturday on the way to IOM, not got it home yet as the missus jumped out in Glasgow on the way back and went visiting with it to Fife.
Just waiting for her to get home to fit the towbar and load liners etc.
Hopefully get it all sorted for the weekend to go somewhere but first impressions from her phone calls is that she is impressed, and thats not normally very easy to do......
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Old 07 June 2010, 13:30   #39
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Picked it up saturday on the way to IOM, not got it home yet as the missus jumped out in Glasgow on the way back and went visiting with it to Fife.
Just waiting for her to get home to fit the towbar and load liners etc.
Hopefully get it all sorted for the weekend to go somewhere but first impressions from her phone calls is that she is impressed, and thats not normally very easy to do......
That wasnt you going through Darnley/Nitshill with the boat on Friday was it ?
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Fraid so.........
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