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Message posted by Boston600 on 21/6/2014 at 9:45pm
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Hi guys,

Got 3k budget to buy a towcar. I only have a light van but might upgrade at some stage.

I need a car that will give at least 3yrs/65k of fairly trouble free motoring due to financial reasons.

Used vectra 1800 petrol fits the bill, I can get a low mile 07/08 plate which seems good value. Don't think I can find a good diesel car for that money.

Anybody towed with this engine before, its 140hp so should be OK. I currently use a 120hp zafira DSL.

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Message posted by Grampian91 on 22/6/2014 at 9:42pm
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Vectra and Mondeo both sold by the thousands so tend to be cheaper than other cars.

Whats a light van? Towing with a petrol after a diesel will seem a bit strange. The petrols peak torque will be around 4000rpm instead of under 2000rpm for the diesel.

I preferred the Mondeo over the Vectra, Better seats in my opinion but you may think otherwise.

If you go for a Mondeo get the 2L petrol instead.





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Max tow weight = Cars gross laden weight + Caravans gross laden weight.

These 2 figures must not exceed 3500kg. And the Caravans gross laden weight must not exceed the cars UNLADEN weight.

Unless the manufacturer has set a lower limit.

Message posted by Boston600 on 22/6/2014 at 10:19pm
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Thanks. My van fully laden is 893kg

Message posted by Skoda Bob on 23/6/2014 at 12:58am
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Go on auto trader put your postcode in and see what comes up when you put in max budget, you should be able to get a fairly decent diesel for that amount, try skoda fabia, tdi

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201404273714249/sort/default/usedcars/onesearchad/used/radius/1500/postcode/td12ly/page/12/engine-size-cars/1-7l_to_1-9l/price-to/3000/make/skoda/model/fabia/fuel-type/diesel?logcode=p

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Message posted by leon copa on 23/6/2014 at 8:27am
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try a skoda octavia tdi or petrol one were i live 05/05 octavia 2litre tdi pd elegance fsh 125000 miles estate with leather .alloys .heated seats .tow bar 2995

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Message posted by leon copa on 23/6/2014 at 8:40am
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if you are looking at mondeo tddci ask if injectors have being done as a common fault

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170,000 miles on the original ones here. The issue comes from people trying to cut the costs when replacing them.

And some garages not diagnosing the issue properly in the 1st place.

Seen too many complaints about replacement injectors that are sometimes worse than the ones they are replacing.

Too many bedroom / shed reconditioners doing a poor job.

On another forum i use someone had a turbo/boost problem yet the garage told them the pump and injectors needed replacement.




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Max tow weight = Cars gross laden weight + Caravans gross laden weight.

These 2 figures must not exceed 3500kg. And the Caravans gross laden weight must not exceed the cars UNLADEN weight.

Unless the manufacturer has set a lower limit.

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Skoda Fabia 1.9 tdi or Octavia 1.9 tdi will both tow your van the Fabia will return 40 towing and around 70 solo, these 1.9 tdi engines are good for 500,000 miles or more, as long as the oil is changed every 10,000
There are loads on auto trader look for a clean one with service history and before buying make sure the timing belt and water pump are changed

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Well after much hunting I have bought a vectra petrol. Only 46k with full dealer history with a warranty for 3k. I know a diesel is better for towing but didn't want a high miler. The car is 140 HP so it should tow OK (I hope).

thanks for your help

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It will tow fine. You just need to remember the max torque is probably between 4500rpm and 5000rpm. So dont be afraid of using those revs.

Using more revs will be better for the engine than letting it bog down at lower revs.

Although its 140bhp the 120bhp diesel zafira would probably be a much easier tow vehicle.

My diesel mondeo tows a lot better than the petrol version i had before. Less bhp but LOTS more torque.



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Post 1997 licence holder?

Max tow weight = Cars gross laden weight + Caravans gross laden weight.

These 2 figures must not exceed 3500kg. And the Caravans gross laden weight must not exceed the cars UNLADEN weight.

Unless the manufacturer has set a lower limit.

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