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Old 30 July 2010, 05:21   #11
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I could spend up to about £10k, but don't really want to (who does?!?!). Probably thinking around the £7-8k mark really.

My current Freelander is the 2 door version, which makes it relatively short. I find this handy due to the limited width of a couple of the slipways we use. Friend has a Double Cab Navara, and I like the "concept" of them, seems a little bit big and unmanouverable on the slipway.

Can anyone confirm my theory that an Automatic gearbox would be a good idea on the slipway? The wife hates hill-starts at the best of times, let alone with £30k+ worth of boat and the sea behind her

My current Freelander has the 1.8L engine which is prone to blowing head gaskets. It blew it a couple of years ago and cost about a thousand squid to mend, including the updated bits to minimise it happening again. Still concerns me though, that it could go again seeing as it does struggle a little going uphill with the boat on the back.
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Old 30 July 2010, 05:27   #12
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Yep, auto is good. I use either an auto Disco or an old shape L200. Both haul out with ease.

£7-8k would by you a lovely Disco2 TD5 Auto.
Auto double cabs are rare.
Perhaps an auto Shogun SWB would be another option.
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Old 30 July 2010, 05:30   #13
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A Disco would be OK, but I need to use it as my "normal" vehicle as well, so didn't really want anything as big.

In a perfect world, I would like a small, but powerful 4x4, with lots of torque and an auto gearbox.... Oh... And those nice roofbars that go down the back, just like a Freelander (they are great to hold on to on a slippery slipway!)

Any suggestions?
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Old 30 July 2010, 05:32   #14
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A Disco would be OK, but I need to use it as my "normal" vehicle as well, so didn't really want anything as big.

In a perfect world, I would like a small, but powerful 4x4, with lots of torque and an auto gearbox.... Oh... And those nice roofbars that go down the back, just like a Freelander (they are great to hold on to on a slippery slipway!)

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Blue sky thinking here- How about an auto Freelander?!

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...ge/1?logcode=p
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Old 30 July 2010, 06:09   #15
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My current Freelander is the 2 door version, which makes it relatively short. I find this handy due to the limited width of a couple of the slipways we use. Friend has a Double Cab Navara, and I like the "concept" of them, seems a little bit big and unmanouverable on the slipway.
Optical illusion - in fact the 3 door and 5 door Freelanders are exactly the same length bumper to bumper so don't rule out a 5 door though you won't get the "Jesus handles" on the back of a 5 door

As I said above, a Td4 auto Freelander would be an option you might consider.
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Old 30 July 2010, 06:15   #16
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... let alone with £30k+ worth of boat and the sea behind her
Your profile needs updating.
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Blue sky thinking here- How about an auto Freelander?!
Nice looking motor - I wonder what made the gearbox go bang at 40k? At least it wasn't towing horseboxes. How much to have a towkit fitted to those rigs? Lotsa money I suppose
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Maybe he tows two at a time.
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Sounds like you need an Audi Quattro or a 4x4 Volvo
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Also, mainly to help encourage the wife to drive the rig off the slipway, I reckon an Automatic would make life easier as well.
Why does Mrs B not like doing this? I've only just managed to get Mrs P to do this; she still won't drive it any distance though. I think this is just a "perception" thing - where she thinks it is difficult / scary rather than it actually being a problem; it probably doesn't help when she sees my shocking reversing - which makes he believe towing is difficult! (If she would bother to try it/learn it, her "helpful" comments would be much more constructive - "you need to turn left" is not very clear - the steering wheel, the car, the trailer etc) I wonder if the same is true for you and so an autobox will not help?
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