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#1 Captain Vimes

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 01:01 PM

Looking for anything with a strong engine that will pull a trailer around the country. Doesn't need to be massive as trailer and car together are only 1000kg.

I recently bought a 1.8 focus cmax for the job and it seems to be sufficient but the death rattle and plumes of blue smoke just a few weeks after purchase mean that it's now only fit for the scrap heap :(

Tow bar preferable but not mandatory.

There's a million eligible cars on auto trader but having been burnt by a lemon I'd prefer to buy from someone I feel I can trust.

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 03:18 PM

I've got an 06 E91 320iSE, 1 million miles...ah just noticed the last line of your post.

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 05:40 PM

My old Nissan Xtrail was great for towing my old trailer & VX and can pick up good cheap ones these days.

 

Would deffo go back to one



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 07:56 PM

Mitm, I'm sure you would be trust worthy!

Mbes, x-trail looks like a good shout. Cheap, big and plentiful. Did you have diesel or petrol? Any weak points to watch for?

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 08:07 PM

Mitm, I'm sure you would be trust worthy!

Mbes, x-trail looks like a good shout. Cheap, big and plentiful. Did you have diesel or petrol? Any weak points to watch for?

I had an Xtrail, a 2002 2 litre petrol. Everything was great except the power, Would imagine you'd want a diesel for towing. They are huge in the back. 



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Posted 18 January 2017 - 10:12 AM

Mitm, I'm sure you would be trust worthy!

Mbes, x-trail looks like a good shout. Cheap, big and plentiful. Did you have diesel or petrol? Any weak points to watch for?

 

I had a T-spec Diesel

 

As Mark says, it has a big boot and did everything I gave it, miss that truck.. loved it 

 

I had it for ust under a year, only needed battery replaced, everything worked great, heated seats are lush. mine had 98k on clock but drove great. so dont worry about high miles as long as its looked after.



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Posted 18 January 2017 - 10:14 AM

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 02:37 PM

Looks like the same model I've just bought. A 2.2 dci sve complete with the worst sat nav I've ever seen, rust on the wheel arch and sounds like a tractor when cold. It should be a great tow car though with its 2000kg tow capacity.

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 05:10 PM

Hope you have as much love with it as I found with mine.

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 06:29 PM

Thanks mark and thanks for the suggestion.

My first choice was actually a Passat tdi estate but it sold before I could get there. Now that I've got the xtrail I'm certain it will be better for towing and better for chucking car stuff in the plastic lined boot, plus I like the fact it's a bit different.

The gearbox is a bit notchy but I'm hoping it just needs the clutch bleeding as the pedal doesn't feel right either. Other than that it really hauls on the motorway.

Did yours have cruise control? I'm sure the spec sheet in parkers suggested it should have it but can't find the buttons..

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 09:54 PM

Don't think mine had it, had everything else.

 

I would deffo get another one 



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Posted 15 February 2017 - 02:16 PM

Ford Focus estate on 2000 reg, great tow car .




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