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Old 11 May 2015, 12:20   #31
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ford rangers are easily within your budget fairly capable off road shoguns are very good off road but horrific on fuel very comfy things to drive tho
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Old 11 May 2015, 15:42   #32
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I don't need a off road car but the slip i use is so steep that would need a reduction gear not to burn the clutch. Have been considering to buy a 1998-2000 2,5 or 4.0L petrol Cherokee as a Tow/Toy car(not the grand cherokee). Over here pre 2001 models have very low tax, insurance is not bad either. Parts are relatively cheap and guess they are pretty low tech cars not too bad to repair. The huge fuel consumption does not matter, won't use much fuel anyway as have very short distance to tow.
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Old 12 May 2015, 12:39   #33
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Use a rope & keep the car on the flat? You might need to consider using a large pulley block attached to a suitable object if you can't get a straight pull.
Seen that done in Coverack, steep slip & several cars have got stuck - clutch slipping - trying to recover so the Harbour Master uses a thick rope tied to the trailer hitch then round one of the blocks used for hauling out the fishing boats & tied to the car towball. Car drives along the harbour & up comes the trailer with no probs.
Same problem used to arise when the slip was wet.
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Old 21 May 2015, 01:42   #34
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All depends on what you are towing, didn't spot it when I quickly read through the thread...I have an octavia 4x4 and love it. Regularly have it off the end of the slip onto shingle, stones and sand towing a 5.5m humber and no problems so far. Manages 50 to the gallon on the motorway too running solo.
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Old 21 May 2015, 04:43   #35
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What engine has the Octavia got?
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Old 21 May 2015, 10:49   #36
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I was very pleased with my XC70, excellent.

Why donít you buy a cheap Nissan Terrano SWB with low miles, I had one of those and theyíre great too.

Will only do 32mpg on a run though, but thats probably more than a Defender/Discovery.

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Old 21 May 2015, 11:31   #37
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All depends on what you are towing, didn't spot it when I quickly read through the thread...I have an octavia 4x4 and love it. Regularly have it off the end of the slip onto shingle, stones and sand towing a 5.5m humber and no problems so far. Manages 50 to the gallon on the motorway too running solo.
Yep started to seriously look at the Octavia 4x4's now and also the Octavia scouts as well but I'm looking for the common rail engine as the older style PD engines have a lot of bad press/reviews with problems with DPF/EGR.

And the common rails seem to be better on this front.

Also preferring the Octavias over the yetis as the fuel mpg should be a lot better as out Eco greenline yeti struggles to get 50mpg with all its Eco credentials and 2wd
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All depends on what you are towing, didn't spot it when I quickly read through the thread...I have an octavia 4x4 and love it. Regularly have it off the end of the slip onto shingle, stones and sand towing a 5.5m humber and no problems so far. Manages 50 to the gallon on the motorway too running solo.
Yep started to seriously look at the Octavia 4x4's now and also the Octavia scouts as well but I'm looking for the common rail engine as the older style PD engines have a lot of bad press/reviews with problems with DPF/EGR.

And the common rails seem to be better on this front.

Also preferring the Octavias over the yetis as the fuel mpg should be a lot better as out Eco greenline yeti struggles to get 50mpg with all its Eco credentials and 2wd
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Old 21 May 2015, 15:13   #39
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Be careful buying a silver Octavia Scout, the largest buyer of them is the Ambulance service, apparently the paramedics absolutely love them.
Ive just got the new one on PCH through Skoda finance, £200 per month.

Octavia Scout 2.0CR TDI 4x4 on an amazing Ň*KODA Finance Contract Hire deal at an amazing ¬£166 per month.

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Xc 70 very good no problems with 1200kg load on many South coasts slip ways
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