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  1. Hello all, Are there any petrol cars that tow well? I ask because when I got my first caravan, I had a 2.2 litre Volvo V60 and it was really bad to tow with. I almost didn't make it up a very steep hill one time (screaming in first gear). So the above converted me to diesel cars but as diesels are now known to be more polluting than petrol (and will eventually be banned), I would like to think about alternatives. Thanks for any insights. Cheers! TJ
  2. Hi. I'm after some advice. I'm about to renew my company car - the list has come out and the choice is limited. One possible is the Kia Sportage 3 - plenty of spec but not much oomph under the bonnet. The choice is limited to the 1. 7 Diesel, putting out 114 bhp and 240 Nm of torque. The brochure says the max braked towing weight is 1400kg. Our van, a Lunar Quasar 525 has a net weight of 1050kg and MTPLM of 1400kg. Is this a bit too close for comfort? Will this model of Kia be up to the job of towing? Or should I go for the Kia Optima Sportwagon which has a max towing capacity of 1800kg? Any advice would be welcome.
  3. On a whim I bought a 2013 Ford Cmax 2. 0 ltr diesel auto that is a dual clutch auto. Only towed the van (a Bailey Orion 430/4) from the old house to the new one, about half a mile, so not sure how it will tow. In theory it should be better than the 2004 Citroen C5 diesel auto than I used to tow with as it has more power, more weight and a shorter rear overhang, so has anyone used one for towing? I know there have been problems with the gearbox in the USA but mine is as smooth as silk and is barely different from a normal auto.
  4. Just wonder if anyone has any thoughts on the following. I like a lot of people mix two stroke oil in with my diesel, I think it has benefits but that is for a different thread. Two stroke oil is normally coloured red, now does this stain the diesel red, and if so what would happen if you were stopped by the relevant authorities and they and they checked your fuel. Could you argue successfully what you had done and were not using red diesel?
  5. Picked up the new car on Monday 2nd Nov & highly satisfied with it. The car has been fitted with a towbar & electrics, spare wheel & jack + the electric air pump & sealant kit. The car was driven back the 80 odd miles home & was very impressive . I have owned a previous model diesel Outback for 7 years & been very happy with it but the new one is far superior. On paper the engine is the same as my old one but in reality is a lot more user friendly, the spread of power is over a lot wider rev range & it certainly shows in driving, the in gear pickup is very flexible & even though the car had only 12 miles on the clock it was very flexible & cruised in near silence at 60 in 6th gear. The built in Sat Nav / entertainment system was spot on, on the A38 near Ripley the fuel warning light came on & the Sat Nav immediately gave me a list of service stations to choose from, I picked the nearest by touching the screen & it took me off at the next junction & straight to the garage where I filled up the tank at £1. 06 a litre, very impressive after having used a Snooper for the last 3 years. I spent Yesterday connecting it up to the van to try out the towbar & test the electrics through the new 13 pin socket, everything was perfect including a beeping telltale for the caravan indicators. The only slight problem was the tow hitch which was painted a very shiny black, I spent half an hour today with my drill & a wire brush & emery cloth getting a lovely metal surface. The only other job today was removing the old number plate from the caravan & fitting the new one, the new plates don't have the EU logo on them so I've ordered a set of two from Amazon to stick on the plates, two yellow, two white. The remainder of the day was spent trying to get to grips with all the new gadgets & controls that seem to be standard on today's cars. I'll put a few pictures on here when I get time & the weather improves.
  6. Hi can anyone shed any knowledge about the lorry filling pumps in continental service stations please? With outfits getting bigger and some of the service areas on the continent remodelling their sites some filling stations are directing cars through quite tight curves on the way out … presumably to prevent drive-offs. My thought being, for what it’s worth, that with a large outfit, can we top up with diesel at one of the lorry pumps to have a safer exit or are the nozzles a different size or the rate of flow too fast for a car. We might all benefit from useful advice on this. Thanks, Brian.
  7. We have just put a deposit down on our first caravan - a Bailey Bretagne (MTPLM 1420kg), and now have to buy a car to pull it. Looking at something like a 3 year old Mondeo or Insignia estate (we have a dog and two kids, so need the bootspace). Trouble is I don't know whether to go for a diesel or petrol. I have read all about the need for torque, and how this is much better in diesels - and I would happily go for that, but for the problems I have read about Diesel Particulate Filters. We only do about 7000 miles a year in total - probably 1500 of that will be towing at a guess. But the majority of our driving is urban and relatively short distances. The best article I have read said that to clean out the DPF "typically the car needs to do about 40 mph or more constantly for about 20 minutes. .. but if the car slows down or stops before the process is finished, it’s more or less back to square one". I think we might struggle to do this in our normal day-to-day driving, and I'm loathed to have to drive just to clean the DPF! Has anyone else had this problem? Or can anyone shed any light that may help resolve this dilemma. My first post, so any help much appreciated :-)
  8. Hey Guys, I've currently got a 2. 0l Diesel Peugeot 307 which states it max tow as 1300KG, its only 90BHP and on a recent 400 mile journey the car did tow, but was a little unhappy - I was at my limit of towing my van, so I'm not suprised it was unhappy. I'm now looking to replace the 307 with something. I'm looking at only spending £3000 but I'm not sure what I need to buying. I did look at a 1. 5 Renault Megane 2010 90BHP with 150K which says 1300KG. I don't think 1. 5 would do the job, but the salesman said he doesnt see it being a problem. I also looked at a 2007 mondeo which tows 1500KG but I've been told the Dual mass flywheel on the clutch fails and costs around £700 to replace so not sure thats the best option. .. What would you guys do?
  9. Not sure if it's oil, diesel or what. Only does it when the car is being driven quite hard or under load towing. MPG is fine, no smoke when hot or cold, car runs sweet as a nut. Tis a Hyundai Terracan 2. 9 turbo diesel on a 56 plate. .. Any ideas?? Thanks.
  10. Hi to you all out there. Like many I am sure,I have been doing some number crunching and specifically with regard to fuel expenditure. The desire to investigate has been heightened by the Petrol v Diesel and the DPF ongoing sagas. I would be interested in figures for a 2005 Petrol variant of my old 1997 T5 CD Auto. Tyre costs are very very similar as both cars run on 1st line tyres but not the same make/size/aspect ratios. I have based my findings simply on monies directly out of my pocket/piggy bank. I am also basing it on a not unreasonable 10,000miles per annum and I have not split my figures by including towing duties. We all know the battering that fuel figures take when towing,unless of course one is intent on kidding oneself and not others. I have based my findings upon my local fuel costs for both diesel and petrol and my cars averaging 24mpg and 44mpg respectively for the V70 T5 and the V70 D5. It is costing £1115. 00 per annum more to run a T5 than run a D5 in just fuel costs. The VED for the D5 is £30 per annum more than the T5. The insurance for the D5 is £70 per annum more than the T5. The 12,000 mile service cost for the D5 is £25. 00 more than the T5. The D5 is a pre-DPF variant so no expensive issues there. All things considered the D5 actually saves circa £1000,00 per annum and would probably return a little more resale value than the T5 at any given age comparison The only unfair comparative in my number crunching is the fact that the T5 is now 16yrs 4months old and with 205,00 miles on the clock and the D5 is 8yrs 6months old and with 168,000 miles on the clock.
  11. Came across this, basically suggesting that using 2 stroke oil with a diesel is better than using additives! http://www. freel2. com/forum/topic878. html
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