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31/10/2015 at 7:52pm
 Location: Leicester
 Outfit: Avondale Argente 650-6
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I've been looking at american cars, and am thinking of something like a yukon as a towcar. They are rare in the UK but very cheap to buy in america and can be shipped and registered for about 3k.

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I want lots of towing capacity, 6 or more seats, plenty of boot (trunk) space and fuel consumption doesn't really matter because it is for holidays and not a daily driver.

Have I gone mad? What else can I get in Europe like this?




31/10/2015 at 8:28pm
 Location: County Durham
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The best you'll get over here would be a Kia Sorento or Hyundai Santa Fe for that money. I doubt they'd be 7 seat though. You could though get an Audi Q7 from 8,000. They are huge (by European standards). Of course there's always an old Landrover Discovery.

I'd be put off buying a US truck with regards parts etc. Imagine a breakdown in France or Germany. The best you could hope for is getting it shipped back I'd think.


31/10/2015 at 9:09pm
 Location: West country
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Are you going over there to see it before buying. That'll cost.

Left hand drive.

Insurance

8cyl petrol auto won't do many to the gallon.

Aren't there similar big double cabs like this in UK.


31/10/2015 at 9:17pm
 Location: Leicester
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I'm lucky that my work sends me to america several times a year. Also seen a 7.4L petrol one, that blows my mind. Would like to test drive.


01/11/2015 at 6:42am
 Location: Milton Keynes
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7.4l to tow an abbey piper is the old taking a sledgehammer to crack a Walnut saying.Have you also considered the cost of road tax ect on the emissions and fuel cost which will not only blow your mind but your purse as well.If you want 7 seats get a Santa Fe and you will not know the Piper is on the back.I bought a PIPER 14-5 new in 1983.


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01/11/2015 at 7:13am
 Location: Leicester
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Totally agree with you there. But with a family of six, the piper is a squeeze. We're wanting a big van too :-)


01/11/2015 at 8:56am
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6 seats with a massive boot


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You obviously want the car so if you have done your research about importation & registration costs then buy it.

You don't need to ask on a forum if more practical alternatives are available because you know there are. Stop trying to pretend a yank tank in the UK has any advantage over anything you can buy here because you know it does not.

A friend has a '69 Buick Skylark, he questions all the time why he bothers but he enjoys going to yank car shows & so on so why not? The thing corners like a ship in a rough sea but get it on a straight road & floor it & you can see why folk like old V8 yank tanks. They are easy to work on & parts are available from specialist suppliers.


01/11/2015 at 9:18am
 Location: Suffolk
 Outfit: Adria Sportline 532 UP
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Living near 2 US air bases we see a lot of US vehicles about. Our current neighbours have a large SUV which recently was off the road for over two months awaiting parts from the USA!

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01/11/2015 at 9:43am
 Location: Rushden Northants
 Outfit: Mercedes 614D Conversion
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Parts are still available for 1950's cars, never mind more recent stuff.

Having a car off the road for two months sounds more like cost restrictions than availability.

We help our friend in Santa Clara CA look after his stable of 50's old iron: Hudson Hornet, Studebaker Commander, Dodge Coronet convertible and he has just bought a 54 Dodge sedan.

Body parts can be a problem, although Studebaker owners are very well served by Studebaker International. Tim has has gearboxes overhauled with new parts still available.

I like the F350 dual cab long wheelbase:



Peter


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01/11/2015 at 1:30pm
 Location: TEESSIDE
 Outfit: SWIFT FAIRWAY 530
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The Ssangyong Turismo is a large car with plenty of boot space. We were at our local caravan dealer a few weeks ago, they had them in the showroom and they are huge compared to our Kia Sorento. We've been to Canada a number of times in the past 10 years and we are always very impressed with their pickup type vehicles. Good luck with your choice.


01/11/2015 at 11:03pm
 Location: Suffolk
 Outfit: Adria Sportline 532 UP
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Lister I do talk to my neighbours, they told me it was getting the parts here, which is why they were paying to hire a car in the mean time!

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02/11/2015 at 10:57am
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I drove a similar truck (brand new) when we hired a 5th wheel in Canada. Even without the 5th wheel on, it was gruesome to drive and wandered all over the road. It was easier driving an HGV.


05/11/2015 at 8:29pm
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Hi a bit of a left field suggestion but what about a Toyota granvia or something similar. Big petrol and turbo diesel engines, plenty of space, good towing and 4wd versions as well. Plenty of modcons as well.



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