Originally Posted by BrAinZ
About to get myself a new vehicle, but am slightly torn between getting a manual or automatic.
Well used to towing with a manual, but never done so with an Automatic.
Will putting an automatic in Park on a slipway, absolutely mean it won't move?
Will an automatic cope with a slippery slipway and 6.5m Rib OK?
Any advice gratefully received!
To be really honest you should not be too worried about manual or auto (I prefer auto for towing) more worried about make of vehicle!
I have several Land Rovers including a new Range Rover (which I love) but would never ever recommend them to anybody due to very poor reliabilty concerns. All of my Landys including my 1996 300tdi Defender have problems from now and then. The absolute worst was a disco 2 TD5. Its reliability was just plain awful and thats a fact before anybody starts raving about how great they are. I dont deny they look good and off road/towing are very good but forget it if you think they wont let you down.
I also challenge event landys and have driven them/repaired them all over the world during my time spent in the armed forces. In fact it was during the intial Bosnian conflict that the UN decided Land Rover reliabilty (not off road capability which is excellent) was so poor we returned our entire fleet (over 300 vehicles) and replaced with Toyota land crusiers and hiluxs!
We even made Land Rover continue to make the 300tdi (called Wolf) defenders when they stopped selling them to the public because the TD5 was so unreliable.
Saying all that I still love them but if its going to be your only 'pride and joy' get an auto Hilux - you wont be sorry.
Hope that helps