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Old 03 May 2015, 14:13   #11
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I've been looking at this same issue. Currently running a Defender & a Merc ML but I think a decent estate like the Passat or similar would do as 99% of the time I'm launching from a concrete slip. As long as whatever I get will handle the 1500 kg braked trailer I can't see I'll have any issues personally.

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Old 03 May 2015, 15:25   #12
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Get an early Subaru Legacy, came with low & high ratios, cheap as chips & just run one as a 2nd car.

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Old 03 May 2015, 15:48   #13
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Originally Posted by Solent Bombard View Post
Considered them and looked into it but everyone I asked said to totally avoid them as they rust even worse than defenders and are not easily repaired unlike the defender Meccano kit.
I have just sold my 13 year old Discovery and it had very little rust on it. I'd say that was rubbish, the ones that rust are the ones that have been ploughed through salt (or manure) and never washed underneath. There are some dogs around, but some gems too, choose wisely and find a decent one.

I would have bought another one if they still made them but as the new one is something I wouldn't touch with a barge pole, I'm replacing it with a Shogun. Land Rover has lost the plot, and the only vehicle they make now that might be faintly interesting might be the new Defender, if they don't fk that up as well.
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Old 03 May 2015, 16:26   #14
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Go for an Allroad, superb for boat towing / launching....
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Old 03 May 2015, 17:03   #15
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anything with low range will tow well, Rav4 are pretty good (tyres make a difference and economy biased tyres aren't ideal) Nissan Xtrail,
Nissan X-Trail 2.2 DCI AVENTURA 4X4 5dr will tow 2 ton braked
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Old 04 May 2015, 01:36   #16
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I tow with a 2001 Audi Quattro Avant 2.5 TDI. Otherwise known as an Amtrak Locomotive, the V6 hauls with ease. I wouldn't risk it by taking it on the beach, but have used ropes when required. One thing to remember if you opt for a soft 4x4 is that the rear springs are likely to break at some point. My Audi has sport springs so sits lower anyway, but hauling trailers takes its toll on the springs and rear suspension. Check the maximum tow weight on the car before buying. Some of the smaller engined cars have surprisingly low tow weights.
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Old 05 May 2015, 16:45   #17
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I've had sterling service from my x-trail - cheaper than freelander / disco tows really well. No probs on slips
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Old 07 May 2015, 16:26   #18
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Bmw 5 series RWD self levelling suspension tows my 6.2m no problem. Plenty of traction and torque as the hitch pushes the arse down..had a disco 2 before the Beemer and I have no regrets.
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Old 07 May 2015, 19:01   #19
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I use a Hyundai ix35, fine on concrete slips,hopeless on sand.
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Old 08 May 2015, 05:31   #20
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You could consider a Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ 2.7 TDi. They have a proper transfercase with low range, which will be useful on steep or slippery slipways . The engine is the Mercedes 5 cylinder turbo diesel that is pretty reliable (can suffer with injector problems, but easily fixable), quite powerful and economical. It is a good size and tows well. Very plush iside with all the usual refinements. If you can find the Overland model, it also has the clever Varilok diffs in the axles that are a limited slip diff that can lock up when needed. You will have change out of £7K. I tow my Pacific with a V8 version running on LPG.

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