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Post by toolmanchris » Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:33 pm

Hello all

Can pick the brains of the hive mind please :wink:
My daughters partner is looking for recommendations for an estate suitable for towing a caravan (around 1050kg).
They've not got much to spend (sub £1500) and realise they wont get much for that and that it will have high mileage but what fairs the best in terms of reliability?
I said SAAB but then found out that they have the 1.9 vauxhall diesel engine and that put us off TBH :D

(Incidentally according to the google spell check vauxhall doesn't exist and it recommended Valhalla, oh the irony :D )

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Post by frodo_monkey » Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:42 pm

Skoda Octavia - I had one, put over 100k miles on it and it was bombproof. Bought a Superb after that as I liked it so much.



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Post by Nick » Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:44 pm

My diesel Mondeo, about 2008 model, was very good. Hatchback but pretty roomy.


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Post by AJL Electronics » Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:45 pm

Ford Scorpio? Especially in Cosworth form, although the straight 2.9i is a nice combination. It is also at least a nod towards keeping it in the family (Middlebridge).


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Post by toolmanchris » Thu Mar 08, 2018 1:48 pm

Thanks all for the suggestions.
Anyone any experience with the Rover 75 estate with the diesel BMW engine, there are a few around at good prices?

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Post by mn757 » Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:02 pm

Rover 75 is a great car but beware the clutch and associated hydraulics are a ticking time bomb and expensive if (when) it fails


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Post by toolmanchris » Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:13 pm

That probably explains the low prices then. Thanks


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Post by toolmanchris » Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:15 pm

He has seen a Peugeot 407 estate he likes the look of so is going to see it this afternoon.

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Post by efi_sprintgte » Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:52 pm

The best cheap tow car I’ve ever bought was a Volvo V70

In his price bracket you get High mileage diesels or mint petrols


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Post by toolmanchris » Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:54 pm

Yes I think he is looking at the high mileage diesels to be honest :wink:


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Post by agriffo2000 » Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:17 pm

I've a nice volvo v70 for sale. Needs a towbar but its only 875 quid! Full not as well



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Post by agriffo2000 » Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:17 pm

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Post by ChristopherW » Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:37 pm

I’ve towed four caravans over 40 years, including a 1800kg twin axle Carlight and the best tow car was a d5 V70 m annual. Sometimes wish I still had it but i’m getting to like the outlander automatic.



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Post by ChristopherW » Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:38 pm

Manual...b——y predictive text!



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Post by toolmanchris » Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:57 pm

agriffo2000 wrote:
Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:17 pm
I've a nice volvo v70 for sale. Needs a towbar but its only 875 quid! Full not as well
If this Pug turns out to be no good I will let him know.

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