Originally Posted by chris.moody
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.
I have the option of two tow cars, Mercedes ML270 and Peugeot 3008 1.6diesel.
My usual tow trip is 250miles round trip, mostly motorway and dual carriageway. I tow my 5.4 Searider on a 1300kg max braked trailer and take advantage of the load carrying capacity of both car and trailer; diving equipment, bikes, family stuff etc.
Personally I prefer the ML! The weight of the trailer is virtually un-noticeable and I like nothing more than setting the cruise control to bang on 60mph as soon as I get on the motorway. Being an auto with so much torque it just stays steady and you see the revs climb when you reach a hill but the speed never moves and when it comes to stopping I don't notice the effect of the trailer brakes it is just an absolutely superb tow car. Fuel doesn't work out to bad at mid thirty's to the gallon which is better than both my Discoverys ever managed.
The Peugeot is a six speed manual and definitely reminds you your are towing something big. It still goes when you keep the revs up but cruise control at sixty on the motorway is up and down and often involves dropping gears. Fuel economy is hammered from high forties average heavy driving to low thirties when towing. Think a lot of that is down to me expecting ML performance from a 1.6 repmobile. I also feel the braking effect of the trailer with the lighter Peugeot.
It's always nice as well knowing that if we miss the tide on the slip I dont have a problem with the ML on the beach, and I'm happy to pay the fuel and tax for the extra comfort and stability.