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Old 07 September 2011, 02:50   #21
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Agreed, I had a TD5, never let me down, great engine good for 250,000+ I would go Disco or Land Cruiser for towing or even an old Nissan Patrol. Sounds as though you want a big car first and towing ability, 4x4 capabilities second if you are thinking an X5 - They are not well regarded cars, google them, Top Gear always slates them not that that means anything, they're more to do with image now dated than towing or 4x4 capabilities - useless in snow by the way as the wide road wheels are perfect for skating An example just on the wheels is that they have had/have a reputation for stress cracks as the are so big. Audi have had the same problems with their ridiculously sized wheels
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Old 07 September 2011, 02:51   #22
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How about a Shogun? Had mine for a couple of years now, had no bother with it at all, tows the boat easily (its a heavy old girl). its very comfortable and not too bad on fuel.
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Old 07 September 2011, 03:27   #23
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We looked at one yesterday but they seemed a little too industrial being based on the L200.

X5 today so hopefully it tick all the boxes

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How about a Shogun? Had mine for a couple of years now, had no bother with it at all, tows the boat easily (its a heavy old girl). its very comfortable and not too bad on fuel.
But sound like a kid banging empty paint tins when cold and handle like a trawler.
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X5 today so hopefully it tick all the boxes
It ticked all the boxes for a guy in our local town too...he's currently doing 5 for dealing and the sale of the impounded X5 contributed to easing our national debt
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Towing vehicle

Aside from all the comments about badge stigma my Kia Sorrento has served me well and has all the toys albeit in plastic!! Cruise control etc.

Older diesels pull 2800kg then post 2006 they upped it to 3500kg until they went to the new one in the last couple of years.

It does get a bit thirsty on windy roads and hills over to Wales but the boat is a twin engine 7m so makes it work pretty hard.

Mines a 2004 and reliable so far (I've had it 2 seasons and tow about 1000 miles a season).

Like most I do tend to abuse mine so bought it not to have too much money tied up in it only to keep breaking bits off
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Landrover all the way !!
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But sound like a kid banging empty paint tins when cold and handle like a trawler.
Yep, it sounds like a tractor and handles like one, but then they don't they all?

When I looked into getting a 4x4 for towing I looked at and test drove the current models (2009) of Land Cruiser, Land Rover Discovery and the Shogun. They all handle like crap on the road and all sound like tractors. I ruled out the Discovery due to the three people I new who had them all having continued issues with them, the Land Cruiser was ok but was thirstier than the Shogun and considerably more expensive.

Never bothered with the X5, thought you had to be a blonde hairdresser to own one.
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bought Sorento new in 2006 when they were on mega offer before facelift model. been brilliant, never missed a beat, never had a repair and good on fuel. Still got it. The Disco 3 bought afterwards has been and gone after proving the adage that you should never run a Landrover out of warranty and also trying to pay the national debt with the fuel bills. Nice when it was running-leather, amazing suspension etc etc but a lot of the running was taking it for warranty work.
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It ticked all the boxes for a guy in our local town too...he's currently doing 5 for dealing and the sale of the impounded X5 contributed to easing our national debt
Lol. What are you suggesting :hide

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