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Old 25 October 2017, 14:50   #1
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New tow car???

I currently have a 07 Kia Sorento which tows my boat great!! Even with a broken transfer box so it's rwd only it still pulls the boat up a steep slipway in low range with ease.

Only issue is I do 350miles a week and the 26mpg is killing me in fuel costs!!

The boat and trailer weigh roughly 1400-1500kg and the slipway I use is fairly steep.

I have been looking Into Audi A6 3.0tdi Quattro avant or the BMW 5 series 535d estate as they have better fuel economy and are cheaper in price with around 100k miles.

Both have self levelling suspension, enough power and are autos.

However has anyone ever used one on a slipway?? I want something that will be man enough for the job

Thanks in advance!
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Old 25 October 2017, 15:03   #2
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Have a 520D, pulls my 4.0m Avon with a 50hp tohatsu all the skis and toys. Got me up Lamorna Cove slip ok, Thrice.
It's only done 216K and goes like a train, 48MPG not towing mind (36ish but don't let OH know. Have a mate who has a530D and gets better MPG than me, but drives like your gran. I would go manual, if you can find one.
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Why not the same vehicle in diesel version or the Hyundai. I use mine on slipways several times a week and often drive huge distances between boat ramps, fuel economy is fantastic from the 440 nm of torque.

By the way there's already a thread going on this subject if you use the search tool.
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Why not the same vehicle in diesel version or the Hyundai.


Mine is the diesel version, manual too!
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Have a 520D, pulls my 4.0m Avon with a 50hp tohatsu all the skis and toys. Got me up Lamorna Cove slip ok, Thrice.
It's only done 216K and goes like a train, 48MPG not towing mind (36ish but don't let OH know. Have a mate who has a530D and gets better MPG than me, but drives like your gran. I would go manual, if you can find one.


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Live in the midlands, don't get snow. But have got winter tyres in the garage just in case. :0
Never tried getting up a slipway in the stuff either!
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My last car was an B5 A4 2.5TDI V6 Quattro, and current tow car is B8.5 A4 Allroad 2.0TDI Quattro and both averaged 40-45mpg (not towing). A6 3.0 Quattro will do the job, absolutely no question, but don't know about fuel consumption.

I've only ever had manual transmissions. One thing to watch with autos regardless of mileage is transmission ATF gear oil needs changed ever 40k miles including filter. Bit of a specialised job as oil needs to be heated, etc.

I've also got full VCDS software. These cars are pretty much computer monitored, so whether you're handy with the spanners or not, chances are you'll need the software to clear fault codes, release rear calliper if it's an electric-mechanical handbrake to change pads, reset service interval after oil change, etc.
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Mine is the diesel version, manual too!
How old, is it the twin turbo ? They can be dyno tuned to churn out around 550nm of torque.
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How old, is it the twin turbo ? They can be dyno tuned to churn out around 550nm of torque.


It's an 07 plate. 2.5 diesel manual 170hp.

Had a look at remaps and an eco map will take it to 202hp and add 71nm of torque taking it to 360nm
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You sure all the Audi's have self levelling rear suspension?

Also check the emissions before you buy, you may end up paying over 500 to tax an old car ....
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