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Old 02 August 2010, 11:08   #41
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The problem with asking for comparisons and opinions is that most folk will recommend the car they drive as this is the one they chose and must be good, right?
In saying that I would recommend the Sorento based so far on two months ownership. It tows like a dream, is comfortable, plenty of room and will tow up to 3000kg. If you buy the XS or above it has a low range ratio setting available.
Badge snobbery is a good thing IMO. I bought a 3 year old one with all the extras down to full leather interior for under 15k from a new price of almost 30k. This may seem bad depreciation (and it is) but after three years this slows down and drops no more each year than a LR or equivalent car.
The mechanics are based round Mercs and AFAIK share a common floorpan, certainly both cars look very similiar mechanically as far as I can see and are very similiar visually.
My other recommendations would be Jeeps as I found mine over ten years use very reliable if a bit rough riding but no LR's, thse are permanently of my list for purchase after a few bad 'uns.
It may be worth looking at the winner of the most recent award for most unreliable car as well if you doubt this!
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Old 02 August 2010, 15:26   #42
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My Mum had a Sorrento for towing the caravan - was the Caravan Club tow car of the year when they bought one.

So, look to the caravan websites fo advice on tow cars, just remember that they don't need to tow up slipways!
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All good suggestions, Thanks.

Further Seariders comments about wanting a "normal" car rather than a 4x4... I have thought about this, but definitely like the road height of my current Freelander, gives a lot more confidence knowing the back is away from the water. I've seen a fair few "normal" cars dipping their backsides into the sea when on the slipway, so would want something with some distance between the road and vehicle underbottom
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All good suggestions, Thanks.

Further Seariders comments about wanting a "normal" car rather than a 4x4... I have thought about this, but definitely like the road height of my current Freelander, gives a lot more confidence knowing the back is away from the water. I've seen a fair few "normal" cars dipping their backsides into the sea when on the slipway, so would want something with some distance between the road and vehicle underbottom
That's why we went with the XC70 over the V70 AWD. Bit more clearance and fatter tyres - although compromises the high speed ride a little.
(XC70 has same size wheels and tyres as Freelander)

Also looked at Audi Allroad - which is an A6 quattro with big wheels and adjustable air suspension. Discounted it due to complexity of suspension and looked a bit too flash for o/h.

I used to keep a Discovery just for towing the boat. But it got too rusty - was 15 years old. I figured that a daily car occasionally used to tow the boat would be ok getting splashed occationally as normal use and washing would help wash the salt off.
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That's why we went with the XC70 over the V70 AWD. Bit more clearance and fatter tyres - although compromises the high speed ride a little.
(XC70 has same size wheels and tyres as Freelander)

Also looked at Audi Allroad - which is an A6 quattro with big wheels and adjustable air suspension. Discounted it due to complexity of suspension and looked a bit too flash for o/h.

I used to keep a Discovery just for towing the boat. But it got too rusty - was 15 years old. I figured that a daily car occasionally used to tow the boat would be ok getting splashed occationally as normal use and washing would help wash the salt off.
Agree with you about the A6 Allroad. Fine when new, but very, very expensive if the pneumatic air suspension needs any work at all. Comes with 2.7TDi, 3.0TDi or 3.0TFSi engines and start at 39k new!

Can recommend A4 Quattro Avant in 2.5TDi V6 guise, (2001 B5 150bhp). Pulls like a train and is great on fuel when not hauling (45mpg).
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Agree with you about the A6 Allroad. Fine when new, but very, very expensive if the pneumatic air suspension needs any work at all. Comes with 2.7TDi, 3.0TDi or 3.0TFSi engines and start at 39k new!

Can recommend A4 Quattro Avant in 2.5TDi V6 guise, (2001 B5 150bhp). Pulls like a train and is great on fuel when not hauling (45mpg).
Was looking at older generation Allroads with the 2.5TDI. I think OPs budget is 7-9k
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Was looking at older generation Allroads with the 2.5TDI. I think OPs budget is 7-9k
I've seen a few for sale in this price range, but the air suspension would still be a concern. A lot of car for the money though. Currently 142 available on Autotrader. I'd personally go for a 2.5TDi, manual box, leather interior, under 100k. Timing belt and waterpump needs to be done every 80k (allow 450) to change as it's a nose-off job.
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I've seen a few for sale in this price range, but the air suspension would still be a concern. A lot of car for the money though. Currently 142 available on Autotrader. I'd personally go for a 2.5TDi, manual box, leather interior, under 100k. Timing belt and waterpump needs to be done every 80k (allow 450) to change as it's a nose-off job.
Proper engine, the 2.5TDI.
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They look OK, but still a bit car-ey, I want something a bit more 4x4-ey.

I live on the Isle of Wight, where roads aren't brilliant.. Having a nice big profile tyre/wheel and a bit of ground clearance, really helps

No-one has mentioned Rav 4 's yet, are they any good?
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No-one has mentioned Rav 4 's yet, are they any good?
I'll take that as a "I can't hear you" then, shall I?

I refer you to page 1 of this thread but let me repeat:

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