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Old 03 May 2015, 12:58   #1
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Soft 4wd cars worth it or not

Was going to get a defender but after searching for a few months and looking at a few.

I have come to the conclusion that with a budget of £7000 there all rotten at that price and too much of a compromise on fuel and comfort. With myself being over 6 foot tall leg and elbow room is also a issue.
(And if i did buy one I'd have it in bits in no time and never have a chance to use it)

So I have been looking into soft 4x4's like a Skoda Octavia scout or a VW 4motion, Audi Quattro.

But wondering if these are actually any good anyway for launching a boat with or is it just worth looking for a 2wd and a decent length of rope to launch with.
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Soft 4wd cars worth it or not

I manage to launch my boat with the missus' Toyota Rav4. Never had an issue yet.

Well, besides the moaning.
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Octavia 4x4 fine for slips but as you would expect hopeless on beaches.
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I used the Astra to launch with no issues on most good slipways. Only problem was when very low and water below the lip - then the rope came out.

I like the look of the yeti from Skoda but have the Insignia and that'll be fine. Depends on your launching area really. My local launch site is great, the beach we dive from an issue as I won't dream of taking the car down there.
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Already have a yeti but it's the greenline version so only 2wd and a 1.6 diesel so lacking on power with general towing and spins out massively on slipways.
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What about a discovery 2, same running gear/ engine as a age related defender and half the money......
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What about a discovery 2, same running gear/ engine as a age related defender and half the money......
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.

And discovery 3's all have serious mileage at my budget
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I've had two passat 4motion tdi's both great cars, very comfy loads of leg and arm space and fine towing even on steep slips and shingle at the bottom of the slip at low tide, no hassle at all even once or twice with all 4 tyres on steep ish shingle.
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Already have a yeti but it's the greenline version so only 2wd and a 1.6 diesel so lacking on power with general towing and spins out massively on slipways.
Would it if the tow ball was on the front? Must be possible to get a ball to attach to the towing ring fixing?

Doesn't fix the general towing.
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