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Old 24 Mar 2019, 21:18 (Ref:3893121)   #1
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ADVICE PLEASE, OLDER SUVs/Tow cars, minimum 2.5 tonne towing capacity.

ADVICE PLEASE, OLDER SUVs/Tow cars, minimum 2.5 tonne towing capacity.

I have a budget of £10k. Two previous Kia Sorentos have been a heap of trouble, my current one 'put a leg out of bed' (translation, threw a rod out of the side of the block) this evening.

It was a 2007 2.5 diesel with 115,000 miles.

From your extensive knowledge folks, what do you recommend?

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Old 25 Mar 2019, 01:39 (Ref:3893153)   #2
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Volvo XC90 (2400 to 2700kg depending on specific model)?
If they're anything like my 57-plate V70 they're pretty bullet-proof.
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Old 25 Mar 2019, 05:47 (Ref:3893168)   #3
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Iím not recommending anything, but suggest you read up on Isuzu Trooper (or Vauxhall Monterey equivalent), Shogun or Toyota Land Cruiser. If you want the biggest and probably thirstiest, Toyota Amazon..... I personally love LR Disco 3 but repair costs can be very scary.....
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Old 25 Mar 2019, 08:08 (Ref:3893182)   #4
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If you can find a good Toyota Landcruiser you wont go far wrong but the older ones are thirsty. Colorado has a tow capacity of 2800kg, the Amazon is 3.5 tons
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Had a V10 VW Toerag which was fabulous for towing - but suffered from random electric problems. It quickly became un-dependable so went and was replaced with a Range Rover Sport.
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I'm still using my Grand Cherokee bought new in 2007. Very comfortable, tows up to 3.5te twin braked axle and averages, when towing, around 18 mpg.
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Had a V10 VW Toerag which was fabulous for towing - but suffered from random electric problems. It quickly became un-dependable so went and was replaced with a Range Rover Sport.
Good luck with that! The only people I know that have had Range Rover Sports have got rid of them as they were nothing but trouble (expensive trouble).
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JLR never do very well in reliability surveys, but I had a Disco 3 for 3 years without having to spend a penny on it apart from servicing. Big BUT, though, it was new at the start of my tenure and under warranty if something had gone wrong. I wouldnít be confident running a 10 year old one with 100k miles on the clock, or a RR Sport of the same era, which shared chassis and running gear. Peterís Grand Cherokee is a fairly simple vehicle in comparison and Iíd be more confident running one of those, even though Iím not a big fan! It is a proper Jeep though, not an FCA offering.....

German offerings such as the Touareg, Cayenne and Merc ML also seem to be prone to trouble as they age, but simple old fashioned stuff like a Land Cruiser much less so..... The Audi Q7 may be worth reading up on, but the smaller Q5 has quite a low towing limit, being based on the Tiguan transverse engine architecture. I may be old fashioned, but I like a North / South engine position and RWD / 4WD based drive train in an SUV!
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can recommend a mitsubishi shogun, they could tow a brick house. potentially avoid the massive engined ones though, our 01 plate one has spat out pretty much every part of the transmission and gearbox because there's too much torque for it to handle.

cannot recommend a cayenne - my folks bought an older one for peanuts and it's an absolute basket case for electrical glitches, and the auto box is living on another planet. it's relatively low mileage as well.
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we are running a Ram 5500 towing truck at roadside assistance nyc, its towing capacity is very good.
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