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Old 07 February 2010, 17:59   #1
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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.
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Old 07 February 2010, 18:43   #2
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Hi Bruce...

My 'alternative' suggestion would be a Hyundai Santa Fe (new shape -06 0nwards?). I was REALLY surpised /impressed when I looked at these....one from autotrader...

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...%2F1&logcode=p

Also, we sometimes run a newer shape (53 plate) Cherokee. It's a 3.7 petrol, so a little thirsty, but was bought very cheaply at auction a few years ago (as a stop gap tow car when my Rangie wasn't playing ball) and has never put a foot wrong /so has never been sold....they still represent great vfm IMO. That said, my Grand Cherokee isn't always as reliable....luck of the draw I guess!
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Old 08 February 2010, 02:07   #3
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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 can't beat an Isuzu Trooper.
Well you can but they just keep on going and going.
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Old 08 February 2010, 08:04   #4
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Hi Bruce...

My 'alternative' suggestion would be a Hyundai Santa Fe (new shape -06 0nwards?). I was REALLY surpised /impressed when I looked at these....one from autotrader...

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...%2F1&logcode=p
I'd second this - I've been running one for the last 3 1/2 years and dont have a bad word to say about them. Get a seven seat and they have self leveling rear suspension - you dont loose anything in boot space either - just 2 extra seats if needed. And second hand you still have a couple of years warranty . Of course they will drop like a stone in value - buy buying used someone else will have taken a big hit !

oh and I was averaging 43mpg on the motorway yesterday !
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Old 08 February 2010, 08:13   #5
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Mate in work uses a KIA Sorento to tow a 6m odd caravan.
100% reliable so far......
dont ask for a replacement locking wheelnut spanner though!
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Old 08 February 2010, 09:58   #6
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Hi Bruce support Doggiepaddle as I have a Sorento great drive good with trailer good of road and economical buy the desiel version though. I have been very plesantly surprised all round even the servicing costs are good.
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Old 08 February 2010, 10:03   #7
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Jeeesus I have publicly condoned owning an oriental 4X4
sorry codders, I will go and slam my head in the landrover door 4 times
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Old 08 February 2010, 10:17   #8
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Jeeesus DP you will be run out of wales by the Landy police!! H

A both had bad results at the w/end!!

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Old 08 February 2010, 10:24   #9
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if you can put up with a name like kia, then all ive heard they are great cars!!

currently running a A3 and will be the last Audi,
they do tow very well but feck me , when they go wrong>>> and yep mines gone wrong again, the maintenance co went bankrupt so we have to pay for all the serviceing, 8 months ago, broke down, loss of power etc etc
1250 for one injector bit of wiring and labour

today, dpf filter warning light comes on,car on 20%power RAC cant fix it, back to the dealer. (still sat on driveway).

Car goes back to the leasing company in march so chasing around the dealerships and on line sites for the best deals on a replacement. with manufacturer maintenance

they want 1000 plus 200 fitting and computer reset for small section of exhaust pipe with this filter inside, (cannot be regenerated due to blocked inside @77%.

Audi A4 multitronic gearbox, 4 gear valves @450 each, maint company said eff off< court case later they paid but off the road a total of 44 days.


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Yea Matt took me a while to realise that but under the bonnet of my Kia beats a Merc CRDI and the rest is good as well.
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