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Old 30 January 2007, 15:01   #11
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Anyone recommend a decent 4x4 forum?
www.lr4x4.com undoubtedly the best of the lot though none of our lot will be very polite about Toymotas

www.difflock.com I think has a more "general" forum, most of the ones I have seen are model-specific
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Old 30 January 2007, 15:19   #12
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Myth dispelled;

That thing looks blathered.
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Vicious rumour mongering dispelled....
Is that a mooring being laid?
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Old 01 February 2007, 21:02   #14
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Really, were did you get that collage from then ?

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From the the toyota section of the above mentitoned website. While the photochop of the RAV4 is obviously a lark, there is a fellow doing a neat project involving putting a a subframe under a unibodied RAV4 and mounting solid axles underneath. While this won't be suitable for towing a RIB, it should make a neat little lightweight rockcrawler.

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Old 02 February 2007, 03:49   #15
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So putting aside machoism for a moment, what's the general consensus of the RAV 4?

Here's my Dilema. I launch my boat rarely on unstable ground, slippery slipways, but like to have a car that would cope if circumstances arose. I'm not talking deep sand or mud, more likely shingle, compacted sand or weed.

On the otherhand, my wife wants a car thats fun to drive, stylish, quick, easy to park at Tesco (i.e compact), good on motorways, is reliable, comfortable & fuel efficient. We don't need 2 cars. She DOES like being high up.

The RAV 4 is all these things - particually offering a saloon car feel. Is there another? How does the RAV 4 compare to a saloon 4x4?

Obviously I understand that it is not going to win any off road medals.

Any advice appreciated

Rich
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my mate works for Subaru and changes his car every 3 months, he sometimes tows the rib around, in the forester 2.0 non turbo,he will at best get 14 to the gallon, and will only go 260 tops on a tank of fuel, that was pulling a small 5.3 humber
the legacy was the same, in comparison, A4 quattro diesel, does 500 miles towing the same boat!
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Old 02 February 2007, 04:03   #17
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what about a freelander auto TD4 diesel, great engine, i had a 3 dr in the td4 engine, was brilliant, and a bit of heritage as well!! and very good off road
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my mate works for Subaru and changes his car every 3 months, he sometimes tows the rib around, in the forester 2.0 non turbo,he will at best get 14 to the gallon, and will only go 260 tops on a tank of fuel, that was pulling a small 5.3 humber
the legacy was the same, in comparison, A4 quattro diesel, does 500 miles towing the same boat!
a4 quattro diesel...fun to drive?! and what heritage has a freelander got other than a track record of being poorly screwed together, slow and not that clever at towing - as for being good off road, I'm assuming this means going up the kerb..
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a4 quattro diesel...fun to drive?! and what heritage has a freelander got other than a track record of being poorly screwed together, slow and not that clever at towing - as for being good off road, I'm assuming this means going up the kerb..
But they've got much coveted badges on them So they must be good.
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I seriously considered a RAV4 but discounted it on the grounds that you can't open the rear door with a trailer attached! This was too much of a limitation for me with a tow vehicle!

I bought a Nissan X-Trail 2.2 dCi Sport instead, which is a fantastic tow vehicle for my 6.5m RIB. In my view it is the perfect compromise between a car and a big 4x4.

Feel free to PM me if you want further details.
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