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Old 31 May 2014, 10:54   #1
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Need some advice, need a tow car budget 13k (all has to be spent on car) need something to tow pretty much anything(setting up a business) and need it for leisure driving aswell! Advise would be appreciated I'm swinging towards a range rover sport!
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Definitely a Discovery over an RRS imv. With the right tyres a Disco covers all bases and will pull 3500kg. £13k should get you a nice 07/08 plate.
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Toyota Land Cruiser Amazon would be my weapon of choice. Large comfortable, surprisingly nippy for its size, reliable and will tow anything happily. £13k is not going to buy you much worth having of the modern vehicles. A Disco out of warranty is a liability, RRS is even more so.
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. A Disco out of warranty is a liability, RRS is even more so.
Between my F in L and myself, we've had 2 Disco 3s and 2 Disco 4s. Faults in total- one replacement motorised headlight, damaged wire to seat motor. Occasional screechy noise from electronic handbrake. Shockers aren't they? ;-)
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Well part of my business is boat deliveries, so what the customer has really! so don't want to have a car that will mean I have to turn business away!!
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Needs to be a 3.5tonner then . You'll look a struggling drug dealer turning up for a towing job with a RRS. ;-(
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I do agree to that massively and that's what putting me of most about a RRs, but I want something comfy and I know they are!
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I do agree to that massively and that's what putting me of most about a RRs, but I want something comfy and I know they are!
A disco hse is identical indoors.
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Good shout! any rate the nissan navara?
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I didn't like the fuel economy and overall length of the Navara.
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I didn't like the fuel economy and overall length of the Navara.
And the appetite for clutch plates. ;-)
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[QUOTE=Mollers;622493]And the appetite for clutch plates. ;-)[/QUOTE

That they do, oh - and the navara D22 engines spit out con rods and the later D40's have very unreliable timing chains, Google is your friend
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For 3.5 tonnes to tow safely the RRS is out.
As above a large pick up and Japanese is the way to go. Mitsubishi L200 or the Shogun if you want interior space.
If you want comfort as well as brute - on your budget drive some. Go to different dealers for more test drives to be sure.

Cars are always a compromise unless you can afford 3.
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I do like to looks of L200, any issues to note with them?
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Nearly all double cabs won't tow 3.5Tns though.

I think the L200 is 2800kgs max - the old one was anyway, like the Navara.

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Got to be a Disco or Defender for 3.5 ton
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You will get an 02-04 plate 4.2td Landcruiser well within budget, best things ever ditch the bling factor ideas RR's at el might be comfier (a bit) but AA recovery trucks are not!

Most LR/RR users appear to consider breakdowns as part of the package
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I was looking at a Mercedes ML320 SE. 225bhp and can tow 3500kg.
Anyone had one for towing?
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Avoid the Navara like the Plague. Mine spent more time in the garage than on the road. I have had 3 x Discoveries now for commercial towing. Nearly 300,000 miles in total between them and not one breakdown. They are also compatible with a digital tachograph, which you will of course need to fit if you are towing with it commercially. DVSA (formerly VOSA) have been really cracking down on 4x4s towing commercially recently.
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