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Old 22 June 2011, 04:47   #51
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I used to keep an old Discovery for towing the boat - was kind of given it so all was well until it got too rusty to pass an MOT. It was a manual and it was great for towing and recovering. When reversing if it was in low range it was very sedate and controlled - almost not needing to touch the pedals. Only time it didn't quite work was when towing on road the gap between 1st and 2nd was a little wide if going up hill. So, a manual 4X4 is fine.

Replaced it with a normal(ish) car. Decided I needed either rear wheel drive or 4 wheel drive as the slip I use is muddy. Nothing I looked at had a low ratio box. Didn't want to be on the slip smoking the clutch so went for an auto.

Volvo XC70 diesel Auto has done everything asked of it.

Also considered passat TDI 4 motion - but rare as hens teeth and no auto option. Skoda octavia Scout - bit too new and over budget.
Audi Allroad - too flash for my Mrs and I don't trust the air suspension.
Merc E class estate - seems a bit big.
BMW 5 Series - too expensive for the spec i'd want. However a mate of mine has since bought a 525d manual and tows his 6.5m with no problems at all.
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Old 22 June 2011, 05:50   #52
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Auto D3s then all round - only joking
I'll have one like a shot -- if you are paying for it when it breaks

Great car when it all works, which is sort of the problem.

I agree about Suzukis - my father imported the first SJ410 to the Falklands and went all over the place on the standard road tyres (in those days there were no roads here - anywhere - apart from when it arrived on the ship it never touched a road in the 10 years he had it). The light weight meant it was brilliant on soft ground - if a little bouncy when it got harder. I more or less learned to drive in it - nearly rolled it a couple of times - and the mechanicals were still going strong when you could see the ground passing underneath the footwell, if you lifted up the bit of lino he kept in there to stop the puddles coming in
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Old 22 June 2011, 06:41   #53
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I'll have one like a shot -- if you are paying for it when it breaks

Great car when it all works, which is sort of the problem.

I agree about Suzukis - :
I had a couple of SJs, a turd brown van, I swapped the seats for highback Suppercarry items , very 'trick'. Also, a yellow ragtop. Great fun, both sh*te on fuel.

The rear floor pans used to dissolve.
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Old 22 June 2011, 17:33   #54
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Rear floor in ours was OK I think - it was the footwells that went completely. It was handy in one way though - you could lift the lino and kick all the mud and spent cartridge casings out through the holes - it was LHD and the seat/window/mirror positions made it brilliant to shoot out of. Maybe the blood in the back acted as corrosion proofing
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Old 22 June 2011, 17:47   #55
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Since we're embarrasing ourselves, here's a couple pics of my younger 'trialing' days as mentioned before...

First picture = my modified Classic
Second picture = how i used to spend 65% of my time
Third picture = one of those pesky leaf-sprung 'Zuki's' defying the laws of phyisics..
Fourth picture = wow i looked cool back in those days.........didnt i???

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Old 22 June 2011, 18:01   #56
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I have 2 Disco 3s one manual other one auto , we tow a big portaloo around and it weighs tons when full ,on some occasions we need to go into low box on the manual to pull away without wrecking the clutch the auto never has a problem !
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My previous cars have always been manuals.

I had some reservations about going Auto when I brought the D3 last year.

After a year of using it every day, the odd green lane, the snow and ice either side of Xmas, towing on the motorway, across wet fields and slimy slipways, I wouldnít go back to a manual.

However.
How much of that is just because itís a D3 auto I canít say, as I never had the chance to compare an auto version of any of my other 4x4s.

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I swapped my disco for a 5 series estate auto then bought a boat (daft choice i thought) but it has handled towing my valiant 620 brilliantly so far. The rear wheel drive has decent traction but i do miss the old truck as I can only use decent slipways with the beemer. I'm still new to towing and its the one thing that makes me nervous but I'm getting better with the reversing.
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Old 24 June 2011, 03:50   #59
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I swapped my disco for a 5 series estate auto then bought a boat (daft choice i thought) but it has handled towing my valiant 620 brilliantly so far.
I've owned a 525tdi and 530tdi Touring, both very able tow cars. I rate those big BM oil burners as the best.
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Old 27 June 2011, 04:01   #60
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Thanks for all the entertaining discussion

In the end, I bought a diesel auto Freelander.

Haven't towed the boat with it yet, but will let you know what I think.
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