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Old 09 December 2015, 04:35   #11
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Whilst I never towed boats with them I did a fair bit of caravan towing - single & twin axle - with rear wheel drive cars in the 80s. Cars were a Reliant Scimitar SE5 3.0 and later a Ford Granada Mk2 2.8. Never had any issues with either.
Obviously you need to be aware of the surfaces you're driving on with 2 wheel drive, but that applies to 4x4 as well & with those you have the potential to get really really stuck!
Can be better on a slippery slip - or wet grass which has about as much grip as ice - to use a rope from the trailer hitch to the car & keep the car on a good surface.
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Old 09 December 2015, 06:42   #12
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How do you find the Outback? Can you beach launch with it. Asking as I'm thinking of one for my next car.
Outback has been OK. Its a 2010 diesel model, bought used from main subaru dealer. Felt I got a very good deal on price compared to some of the german alternatives that I might have gone for and warranty that came with it has been very very good. Its a well specced car but it has had some annoying niggles but I've used a local dealer who has addressed all these and dealt with the necessary warranty claims quickly so its only cost to me has been fuel, fitting a towbar and some mats. Bit sluggish off the line when towing, need more revs than other diesels to get away in 1st but once its away its a good car. Amazing grip and quite competent off road too even in deep muddy fields where almost everything else there got stuck. Only tip is to turn off the traction control when you go offroad. Its hopeless if you leave that on!
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Old 10 December 2015, 00:41   #13
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Thanks for that, sounds good. Have you ever had it on the beach? If so how did it perform. Also did you go for the Bm in the end and if you did how does it compare. Cheers.
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Old 10 December 2015, 04:53   #14
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Thanks for that, sounds good. Have you ever had it on the beach? If so how did it perform. Also did you go for the Bm in the end and if you did how does it compare. Cheers.
Still got the Subaru. It has been on the shingle off the bottom of Castletown slipway in Portland at low spring tide pulling the rib out fully laden with dive kit no problem a few times. Its been used as a tractor to pull all of my friends cars out of a very steep very muddy field when we went for a disastrous camping trip in the summer.

The Geolander tyres that come on them seem to wear well and do alright offroad, but if you drive it hard on the road they squeal like nothing else. On my last car (4motion passat) never heard a tyre squeal once.

Dealer fitted a new clutch and dual mass flywheel on the subaru under warranty because there was some vibration on the flywheel and difficulty engaging 1st gear. Hence keeping it for a while as nothing else seems wrong with it.
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Thanks for letting me know. The Outback seems to be a good option with fairly decent mpg from what I've read.
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Don't believe what it says on the dash. Mine constantly says around 48mpg. In reality that is 42-43mpg in real life. Towing is less. I have heavy feet though!
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