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Old 02 October 2013, 17:15   #11
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It is a 3.1td. I have never been brave enough to accurately check the mpg in case it scared me. I estimate its about 22mpg round town. To get 28mpg I have to go on a long run and stay under 60mph.

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Old 02 October 2013, 17:21   #12
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If the car isn't costing you, apart from fuel, insurance and tax, isn't due a timing belt, or something else expensive - then I'd be tempted to keep it.

I'm running a 2001 Audi A4 2.5 TDI quattro avant. It's done 150k, and is in good condition. Still get 45mpg on steady runs (without trailer). I service it myself and got the local garage to replace the timing belt last year. It just passed another MOT in September, and I looked at the possibility of replacing it. Found a new (2010) A4 Allroad for sale, but at 21k it's quite a jump, so my wife knocked the idea of replacing it for at least another year. My budget will be half of what I was originally looking at!

Ideally I still want a 4x4 (harsh winters where I live) plus temperatures as low as -18 a couple of years ago.

On my list so far... (will need to haul 750kg unbraked trailer)

2010 Volvo V50 1.6 Drive SE Lux with start-stop, 30 or less road tax, up to 75mpg. I know its 2 wheel drive, but very fuel efficient and most comfortable leather seats I've ever tried.

2010 Skoda Octavia 4x4 or Skoda Yeti.

What's on you list?
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Perhaps I should keep the go anywhere tow anything Isuzu and live with the 25mpg.
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Old 02 October 2013, 17:39   #14
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Trailer plate is 415kg so should be legal with a small car incl fabia but concerned the tail may wag the dog as car is a bit light.

Existing Isuzu had a new timing belt about 18 months ago, but engine has now done 100k.

I'm looking at:

Skoda fabia 2wd (maybe a bit too small)
Skoda Octavia estate 2wd
Skoda Superb estate 2wd
Isuzu double cab 4x4
Toyota hilux double cab 4x4
VW transporter kombi 2wd

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100k on a 3.1 Isuzu? It's got another 200k to go yet!
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why not buy a new small car & keep the 4x4 to purely pull the boat & other work duties its only going to cost you 220 pa tax (I assume its on older one) plus insurance which if you went for multicar & maybe restricted mileage wont cost the earth then you have the best of both worlds

its not always about the towing the boat but you also have to accommodate all the gear you inevitably take boating which is often not kind on a shiny new car

you also have the 4x4 for the winter too

you can always sell the 4x4 in a few months if you find you don't use it much but as you say it might be hard to replace if you sell it first or px it
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It is a 3.1td. I have never been brave enough to accurately check the mpg in case it scared me. I estimate its about 22mpg round town. To get 28mpg I have to go on a long run and stay under 60mph.


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I get about the same out of my 3 ltr diesel terrano its 10 year old with 70 k on the clock and I would never get rid of it. 28 mpg isn't so bad

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100k on a 3.1 Isuzu? It's got another 200k to go yet!
Seconded so keep it
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I am after some advice to make sure I don't make a decision I will regret.

Currently have an Isuzu Bighorn (Trooper) as my tow car. It has been utterly reliable in the ten years I have owned it, and will tow almost anything (3500kg).

It seems overkill now the only thing I tow is a searider 4, and the 20 something mpg is a killer. I'm thinking of selling it and buying a new or nearly new sensible car to tow the sr4, something like a Fabia or Octavia. Has anyone else downsized tow car and was it a good move or did you regret it?

The Isuzu is only going to fetch very little money if I sell it and finding another reliable one will be hard once its gone.

Your thoughts?
Chris,

I moved from Shogun, down to a Mondeo, certainly have not regretted it, I was doing nearly 1000 miles a week (I work for myself), the difference in fuel consumption, was dramatic.

Shogun = 350 miles per tank at a struggle
Mondeo = 600 miles per tank with ease

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A 4x4 to tow an SR4 is total overkill imo, but each to their own.
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nearly 190k on my 3.1td trooper, had it ten years and never let me down. it pulls like a train - landrovers a speciality! best thing ive had done to it was having the tappets adjusted - smoother, more power and slightly better economy.
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