Quote: Originally posted by parkranger on 21/5/2020
hi everyone really need some advice on the best volvo xc90 model is the most reliable for towing also automatic or manual potential know problems with car to look out for when buying 2nd hand.
I don't tow but was looking at an XC90 at a local motor show last summer and when looking at the instruments noticed the reading for fuel use on last journey... 16mpg ... dont think I have managed that low with my Lexus unless really booting it
Message posted by Colin2122/5/2020 at 11:02am Outfit: 1992 Elddis Wisp 450CT + X Trail Location: East Herts
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I used to tow with a V70 2.5 turbo diesel automatic, and it was a great tow car. Fuel consumption was generally in the 40+ mpg area, nearer to 50mpg on a long run, and it didn't drop a huge amount when towing. My caravan isn't very heavy, but the wind resistance would be just as great as with a heavier van.
I would only ever tow with an automatic, it's all I've had for decades anyway. Much more relaxing, particularly in traffic.
Quote: Originally posted by parkranger on 22/5/2020
thanks everyone its been very helpfull. i have never owned an automatic.but think i am ready to take the plunge. is it true an automatic cannot be towed unless 2 wheels are off the ground.??
You do need to lift the driven wheels off the ground if you tow an automatic any distance, but how often do you do it? Even then, you can still tow one a short distance without lifting the wheels. Come to think of it, I can't remember the last time I towed one of my automatics and I've had them for decades. I wouldn't have anything else.