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Message posted by sparky 1 on 15/7/2008 at 6:13pm
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does anyone pull a 1350kg caravan with a mondeo 2.0ltr tdci could you let me know what its like looked a towcar and it is a good match , bailey ranger 550/6 the caravan is

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Hi Sparky

We used to have one, a 115 and it pulled a 1275Kg van easily enough but the back end is a bit soft so watch the nose weight. It might be better to think about a130hp for that bit more power.

I wont go on about the DMF problems on the TDCi again as its been covered before.


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I pull a 1450 kg Hymer Nova 470 with my 55 plate Mondeo TDCi 115 LX. Totally stable the best I have ever had in 16 years, I get onto the motorway at j21 of the M62 and by the end of the acceleration lane I am doing 55 and in Cruise Control in 5th gear ( top) and whichever way I go I have never had to intefere other than for traffic until I leave the motorway. If I go west and then north up the M6 it will go over shap, and Beattock with no interference, if I go east I am straight away climbing up windy hill to the highest point on the motorway in England. I get 35mpg towing, and 55+ on long motoreway journeys, knocking about town I get 47mpg. Would I recommend it,  most certainly would.

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I have the Volvo v50 with the same engine (136bhp) the DMF (clutch flywheel) is being replace next week at 80,000 miles, listen for sqeaks when you hold the clutch down and clicks when you take up the drive.

Apart from that the Mondy is a superb towcar, is bigger inside than mine  the engine (130hp) pulls like a train, the only thing that usually stops mine going faster is the front wheel grip!

I get 40-45mpg solo (mainly fasst mway) and 30-35mpg towing.

My van is 1250kg laden.


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I was pulling a Mondeo and a 1500 kgs van at the weekend

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anything less than a 4 x 4 would have struggled too, mondeos seem to get good reviews, do a quick search on mondeo and I think you will be pleasantly suprised..

They are not off road vehicles, so caution required in boggy UK 


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Hang on a mo what the hell! was that fool doing towing a 1500kg van with a Mondeo they can not cope with that size of van I hope I never come across him when he loses control of it

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Quote: Originally posted by redz on 16/7/2008

anything less than a 4 x 4 would have struggled too, mondeos seem to get good reviews, do a quick search on mondeo and I think you will be pleasantly suprised..

They are not off road vehicles, so caution required in boggy UK 


Do a quick search but dont expect to be pleasantly surprised.

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Quote: Originally posted by reedrider on 16/7/2008
Hang on a mo what the hell! was that fool doing towing a 1500kg van with a Mondeo they can not cope with that size of van I hope I never come across him when he loses control of it
Funny, just what I was thinking... then i saw your post!!!!!

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i thought that van looked big on the  mondado

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Quote: Originally posted by reedrider on 16/7/2008
Hang on a mo what the hell! was that fool doing towing a 1500kg van with a Mondeo they can not cope with that size of van I hope I never come across him when he loses control of it

Whatever gave you that idea, most if not all the TDCi Mondeos would be perfectly capable, legal, and very stable towing a 1500kg van.

 


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Quote: Originally posted by tim-wilson on 16/7/2008
Quote: Originally posted by redz on 16/7/2008

anything less than a 4 x 4 would have struggled too, mondeos seem to get good reviews, do a quick search on mondeo and I think you will be pleasantly suprised..

They are not off road vehicles, so caution required in boggy UK 


Do a quick search but dont expect to be pleasantly surprised.

hmmm, I think a few may disagree and be pleasantly suprised.. !

Ford Mondeo named Britains best tow car..

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The current Ford Mondeo estate has won another towcar award, as the Ford mothership is named the overall winner of the second annual Towcar awards gathering.

The five-door hatchback version picked up the under-1425kg weight accolade, whilst the estate won in the 1575kg 1724kg category.

A rigorous towcar testing programme was instigated for a competition that involved 53 different cars from the outset, which had to be whittled down to a select few. Vehicles were tested for their towing ability and a number of other qualities including driving performance when not towing, practicality, value for money and safety.




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Yes the ondeo is a fab towacar no one has ever doubted that!

BUT it will bankrupt you when that ticking time bomb of a DMF 'goes off ' be it 30k mies 70k mies or 130k ,you dont know when ,you just know it will!!



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Quote: Originally posted by Skatty on 17/7/2008

Yes the ondeo is a fab towacar no one has ever doubted that!

BUT it will bankrupt you when that ticking time bomb of a DMF 'goes off ' be it 30k mies 70k mies or 130k ,you dont know when ,you just know it will!!


This is a uncalculatedout rumour. I have a Mondeo, I do about 7000 miles a year in it much ofit towing, My calculations on fuel consumption and difference in road tax figures between my TDCi and a similar petrol vehicle lead me to expect that the normal running costs ( excluding any major problems ) will be about 3000 less over five years than they would be in the petrol mondeo. I paid 400 more for the car than the similar petrol model, and if the DMF goes I can expect a bill approaching 1000 so by my reckoning that leaves me at least 1500 better off over the life of the car.

 


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Uncalcuated rumour ?? we had it freakin happen to us a week after buying the pile of poo!!!!

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It is the uncalculated that I query, from my calculations it is cheaper to run and pay for the DMF to be done than to run the equivalent petrol version. The savings over 5 years more than offset any potential serious breakdown costs which would be less likely to apply to a petrol car. You could easily have bought a petrol car and had a serious clutch failure on that with similar expenses. 


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