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Message posted by freeatlast on 20/9/2017 at 8:12pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Grampian91 on 16/9/2017
Is that the auto? I think the max tow is 1400kg? But if your getting close to that figure then the gearbox may have reliability issues.
Absolute rubbish! Its the same engine, gearbox and running gear that is fitted to the Outlander, and that has a towing limit of 2000kg. The engine has been downtuned from its original 175bhp to 150bhp.
Both my OH and I now have one. Our first was a 2010 ASX 4 with the 1.8 engine in it. All I can say is that it tows like a dream, I can cruise along in 6th gear at just a tad under 60mph and it is super stable even in a strong cross wind. With cruise control on its simply a matter of steering, and rarely needs more than a very light touch on the steering wheel. Certainly the best tow car I've ever owned. No need to faff about with tyre pressures, they are the same towing. Towbars are easy to install and need no computer resetting. Our Witter detachable towbars are almost completely hidden with just the eyes for the breakaway visible.
The towing limit is 1470kg, not 1400kg according to the statutory door plate (check it out in the showroom), and there is bags of power and torque.
I've been very happy with the three I've had. Never had a problem with any and the garage service is excellent. There was an issue with my wife's 2 year old ASX where there was a slight corrosion on a couple of alloys. Within 24 hours we had a call from the garage saying that Mitsubishi had agreed to replace all four alloys with new ones. Resale value was 65% on my last 3.5 year old one. Fuel consumption is pretty good too, though with plenty of power there to get the best out of it requires a light foot. With the 1.8 diesel I had first we did 1000 miles to Italy and averaged 37mpg, The 2.2 auto is not as good as this, we generally get 30-33 towing, 40-45 around town and 50mpg on a long run at a steady 70mph. The auto gearbox is a dream, and automatically adjusts when you tow a caravan. The reversing camera enables you to back up precisely onto the towball which you can see.
If you check the ASX forum as I have done over the years you will find them ultra reliable with no real weak points.
As for the new Santa Fe, much worse MPG, and £10,000 more!
Each time either my wife or I have changed cars we have gone round the showrooms and tried the different models. Neither of us have found anything as good or well fitted out and nothing near the price. For instance the auto Qashqai doesn't come in 4wd, and the stop-start was awful, and the price was about £5k more.
We're very happy with ours, as good all rounders. Great in town, small enough to park easily and a good turning circle. Pleasant down windy country roads, especially if you put it in 4wd auto which improves the handling immeasurably, and good on long motorway journeys. I can get out after driving 300 miles without feeling stiff or sore, and I've been retired 10 years now.
Niggles. They've moved the seat heater switches to a bit more suitable place but still not brilliant. I wish the front passenger seat would fold forwards as well as backwards. Other than that, nothing.
Post last edited on 20/09/2017 20:22:09
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