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Old 18 October 2006, 16:39   #41
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D3 best car I have had & it is fast!
But it has been chipped! to give a extra 50hp
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Old 18 October 2006, 16:39   #42
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I think if you do as suggested above all you are doing is transfering some of the weight of the car to the trailer wheels. Another codders brain crash I think. If you get a pencil and paper and draw a simple force vector diagram you will see what I mean.
then you pull the handrake on to get out and let the boat go and the whole lot launches itself
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Old 18 October 2006, 16:47   #43
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True but I think you will agree that there are always exseptions. Shame you have to stop for fuel every few min I beleive the 4.4 only gets 16 mpg on a good day not towing correct me if I am wrong
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I tow my 6.1 Tohatsu , all up 1000kgs, with an Audi A4 Avant 2.5Tdi Quattro. It has good torque and power, room for boating stuff and permanant 4 wheel drive ideal for slippery slipways. Disadvantages are: ride height on sports suspension can be marginal, 1st gear could be shorter, so on very steep slips like Putney it can be tricky. But a 4x4 is the best solution for towing (eg V10 Tdi Touareg) for ride height, low range box, towing weight and 4X4.

It will always be a compromise on towing vehicles if you like cars as opposed to SUV's, and you have to work out how many times you actually tow it to see if its worth making a change.

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True but I think you will agree that there are always exseptions. Shame you have to stop for fuel every few min I beleive the 4.4 only gets 16 mpg on a good day not towing correct me if I am wrong
Yes but the diesel ones are also exceptionally good - the new Range Rover does 0-60 in something like 8 seconds - not bad for a diesel....
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could not agree more, as I said for slow manovering and launching yes a 4X4 is better, but most people spend the time on roads not slipways.
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There is no hardship at all in using a Range Rover TDV8 every day - or a D3 for that matter.

When I was driving 2,000 miles a week the most comfortable car I had was a Discovery II - I also drove Audis - VWs - Alfas - Peugeots - Fords and Vauxhalls. All brand new hire vehicles.
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I also drive a very high milage and I would personaly rather be in a car not high of the road. Personal choice, I have said several times that their are exceptions just as there are 4X4 that are great to drive their are cars that should never tow.
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I prefer being able to drive over the muppets ahead. Given a chance I'd drive a tractor unit everywhere.
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