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Old 14 January 2014, 14:22   #1
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Subaru Outback Diesel

Anyone on here use an Outback diesel for towing?

I've heard the early ones had clutch issues and also the low down torque isn't much good, but they seem pretty fuel efficient with reasonable power and decent ground clearance.

Failing that does anyone have a 4x4 Skoda Superb, VW Tiguan or 2.0Tdi Allroad?

Anyone care to share any good or bad experiences with any of the above?

I'm pondering a change from my 2.0tdi 140 4motion passat simply due to low ground clearance for the ridge at the top of my driveway.
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Old 14 January 2014, 15:31   #2
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I had a skoda octavia estate tdi 4x4 that was an awesome and very understated car, towed the boat great, launched on soft sand and did 40mpg all the time.

Would thoroughly recommend

The skoda had six gears, raised ground clearance and underbody protection and was huge

I understand that the early Subaru diesels had a five speed box and hence the ratios won't be so well spaced. The Skoda also had a nice low first.

The other thing is that the Subaru boxer engine petrol and diesel like to rev to get the torque, not want you want.

For me it would be the older a6 all road tdi, some of them also had a low ratio option in the gearbox or an octavia scout
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Old 14 January 2014, 19:17   #3
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Owned a 2008 diesel great car with smoothest engine mid 40 mpg and towed 6m rib very well
Lots of toys in car inc reverse camera and excellent build quality
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Old 15 January 2014, 00:53   #4
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Hi i own a skoda yeti 2.0Tdi
have an SR5,4 with 90hp Suzuki which i tow.
Super handling car (not as big as an superb ) but has an sort of low gear button and i use it to tow my SR up the dykes her in holland and they are pretty steep no problem at all. It'l tow 2000kg (braked).

even used it to tow a mate up the ramp with a VW crafter after his brakes went down and he couldnt get up. And he weighs around 3,8t and had 600kg on tow (zodiac pro with trailer) of course his engine worked but i needed to tow the first meter to give him the chance to put it into gear and start to drive.

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Anyone on here use an Outback diesel for towing?

I've heard the early ones had clutch issues and also the low down torque isn't much good, but they seem pretty fuel efficient with reasonable power and decent ground clearance.

Failing that does anyone have a 4x4 Skoda Superb, VW Tiguan or 2.0Tdi Allroad?

Anyone care to share any good or bad experiences with any of the above?

I'm pondering a change from my 2.0tdi 140 4motion passat simply due to low ground clearance for the ridge at the top of my driveway.
Depending on your budget I'm a big fan of the Touareg - I have the V10 for the towing capacity which has the air suspension but the V6 diesel is awesome as well - let me know when you decide we have 4X4's in from time to time and can get anything - we're only one county away!
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Old 16 January 2014, 16:01   #6
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Hi Cookee

Always admired the Touareg diesels; is there anything nasty to look for, or is their tank-like reputation justified?
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Always admired the Touareg diesels; is there anything nasty to look for, or is their tank-like reputation justified?
Pretty much! Mine has done over 100,000 now and all I've done is a prop shaft bush but I am towing right up to the limit for quite a few miles.
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