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14 Oct 2013 @ 16:13:34 pm
Jvs
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Hi all, I recently bought a Sprite Swing and was towing with a 2012 Elantra 1.8. I'm looking at buying a SUV now and have been looking at the IX35, KIA Sportage as well as the Mitsibushi ASX Glx. Any advice on what to buy? I have seen some good reviews on the IX35 and KIA, unfortunatly it looks like it's going to have to be a fw drive as the diesel models are bit too expensive. I do not tow that often, maby the odd weekend here and there and then not that far, inside 100km radius. Would really appreciate some advice. Cheers
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14 Oct 2013 @ 16:17:19 pm
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As long as the weights are correct you can buy any two liter vehicle that suits your pocket. Diesel is know for being higher on the torque that you need and the turbo models are good.
The choice is your, as only you know your needs.
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14 Oct 2013 @ 16:27:23 pm
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Forgot to say but here it comes welcome and i hope you enjoy it here.
Regards.
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14 Oct 2013 @ 16:39:49 pm
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Does it have to be a brand new model? Why not get a good condition recent 2nd hand model that is still under warrenty. Aside from that, I have my doubts about the ASX, which are echoed in the latest magazine dedicated to caravans.

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14 Oct 2013 @ 18:32:15 pm
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Jvs welcom to the forum,i am a Toyota fan Fortuner so my advice wil not help sorry.Laughing

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14 Oct 2013 @ 18:57:38 pm
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Hi and wrlcome Jvs , do not fool yourself into now and again and 100km radius.Do a good budget run on your account and buy a decent tow vehicle.The better (more torque tare/gvm ratio) the easier the towing is ie less stress and so the radius increases to become those enjoyable long holidays with a caravan that the whole family enjoys.Life is about choices enjoy making them .
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14 Oct 2013 @ 21:41:36 pm
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Hi guys thanks for the advice, much appreciated but even more confused:) Going camping this weekend, can't wait
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14 Oct 2013 @ 21:48:09 pm
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The ideal way is to try and get a demo vehicle from the dealer with a towbar and test it. All 3 of the vehicles you noted are more than capabile of towing you van. If you are unable to test them towing then it will be a contest of which one feels right to you.

I have to agree that a 2nd hand vehicle with low milage will give you so many more options.

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15 Oct 2013 @ 03:32:25 am
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Hi, and welcome to the forum. Hope you have many happy outings
Regards ELNOR (Else & Norbury)

Happy camping
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15 Oct 2013 @ 06:26:20 am
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Hi there,

Have a look at the Mahindra XUV 500 W8, it is a 2.2 diesel with 104 kw and 330nm of torque. It's price is very good at R265000. The vehicle is extremely well specked, with navigation, leather trim, 7 seater, 6 airbags, ac, ps, abs, ebd, eba, cornering lamps, folding mirrors and so much more to mention.

I drive one and I comfortably tow my Exclusive with it. The XUV has been around for 2 years now and In my opinion is the best value for money vehicle in its class. It is mahindras flag ship vehicle. Do yourself a favor and just go look at one and maybe test drive it.

Regards
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15 Oct 2013 @ 12:50:57 pm
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I had a new KIA Sportage 2.7 V6 Auto petrol 2011 model, got rid of it after 15 months, gutless fuel guzzler. My 1.9 TDI Golf was far better. I know a guy who has the Diesel Sportage, now that is different.

Rgds.

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15 Oct 2013 @ 13:01:46 pm
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Jvs, welkom op die forum, jammer kan nie help nie bly maar 'n FORD fan. Hoop jy kom reg.
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15 Oct 2013 @ 20:40:00 pm
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Hi Jvs
the most crucial factors to look at are the gvm of our caravan and compare it against your options vehicles tare masses , the caravan may not exceed the tare of the tow car without optional extras
compare torque then the kw of the motor ,nm low down rv/min
obviously best on a diesel
size of vehicle required for family
not for tow only but daily use (lot of money parked away for odd weekends)
the caravansa magazine has a lot of tested specs on vehicles at the back which will guide you to choices and hopefully narrow down the selection parameters
enjoy the choice and happy safe towing
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17 Oct 2013 @ 16:34:29 pm
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Hi,i found torque to be the big thing. If you can find a vehicle with a balance of guarantee or motorplan left you will also have piece of mind as any problem can be sorted out at their cost.
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18 Oct 2013 @ 15:52:31 pm
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JVS
I am an owner of a Hyundai IX35 (Diesel) 2010 front wheel drive CRDI

I want to advise you to go and test drive this SUV. I am towing a Sprite Super Sport with total average weight (all my stuff)approximate
1,4 Ton give or take. The tow is in fact unbelievable. the power / overtaking and general drive is nothing to complain about. Up hills in 6th gear absolutely no problem, i hardly ever change gears when overtaking. fuel comsumption combined approximate 9 to 9.5 liter per 100 kilometre. I just finished a trip of 2000 kilometre without towing and it gave me 7.3 liters per 100 kilometre. Plus this car have reverse camera for easy parking and hooking ideal for mom. A 2.0L With Kilowatts and Newton meters higher than most 3.0 DVD,s try it, I just think this boytjie is a fantastic all rounder with one the best warranties in the marketing. Well priced, test it your self
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18 Oct 2013 @ 22:45:31 pm
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Sounds like an impressive tow-car,John. also pretty good fuel consumption and nothing can beat a diesel when it comes down to power.
Cowen.
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23 Oct 2013 @ 10:13:25 am
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Do those of you whose car shows you the consumption figures find that it is always correct? I work it out from tank to tank full and find a difference.
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23 Oct 2013 @ 11:32:52 am
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If I remember to reset it is correct. Otherwise the figure is skewed.

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25 Oct 2013 @ 17:02:40 pm
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Obviously one has to reset , but i assume you have actually checked it manually a few times.
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28 Oct 2013 @ 10:19:11 am
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Hi Wessel

I would reckon that the on board computer on a vehicle calculating your fuel consumption is far more reliable. In my opinion it will
give you an average usage according to its calibration on every tank of petrol. Taking your driving and also the road conditions in consideration you will always have an accurate average report of your usage.

I myself have calculated my fuel consumption's from tank to tank but always faced problems with air bubbles / air locks in the system that affect the actual capacities it should take on refilling the tank.

I would trust my computer and enjoy an effortless calculation of my running cost of my vehicle.

Happy camping manne, see you on the road
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29 Oct 2013 @ 14:18:24 pm
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Nope Wessel...my maths is non-existent. Just have to trust the car...

 

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30 Oct 2013 @ 13:33:08 pm
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Now i can see that the manne all know what they are doing.
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31 Oct 2013 @ 18:24:43 pm
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Hi there, I am going to stick my neck out here on the fuel comsumption posts, but would rather do it in Afrikaans.

Geen voertuig se 'on board computer" kan ooit 100% reg wees nie,

OMREDE: die rekenaar is geprogrameer om die brandstofverbruik uit te werk op die vol tenk, soos aangedui in jou kar se handboek, MAAR kan nie die ekstra wat in die nek/pyp is nie. Wanneer jy opvul as die kar HEELTEMAAL leeg is, en jy gooi bv volgens 'handboek' 60 liter in, en vandaar af elke keer dolleeg en 60liter, kan dit werk, maar in die praktyk kan dit nie werk nie, want jy vul op sonder om te weet hoeveel in die tenk is.

Wat jy wel kan doen, is om die voertuig 'leeg te kry' op 'n stadium, of te ry totdat die Reserwe liggie aankom, en jy weet die tenk sou dan nog bv 8 liter inhê, en dan volmaak tot hy nie meer iets kan inneem nie, m.a.w. die laaste bietjie 'trickle fill'. Dan sou jy bv 60 liter ingooi, plus die 8 liter in die tenk, wat totaal van 68 liter gee.  Jy sou dan kon aanneem dit is bv 13% meer as die handboek aangee, en dit gaan jou 'ingeboude fout' moet wees. Jy sal dan altyd 13% of wat ookal by die rit rekenaar moet tel om die korrekte verbruik (on naastenby) te kan kry.

Die enigste korrekte metode is van vol tenk tot vol tenk. Ek het met my Amabensie oor 7 jaar ek 150 000km redelike info ingesamel, en met my % berekeninge BAIE naby aan die tenk tot tenk berekeninge gekom.

My inligting oor die 'ekstra' brandstof in die vullerpyp was aan my verduidelik deur verskeie persone by Mercedes SA, en die voltenk tot voltenk berekininge stem 99% ooreen met die amptelike verbruik soos deur MB verskaf.

Moetr ook noem dat onlangse rit af KZN toe verbruik van 6.0l/100km gekry het teenoor die rekenaarsyfer van 5.11l/100km (onthou, nie gesleep nie!!!)

Frans

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01 Nov 2013 @ 15:55:41 pm
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Hel Frans, nou gaan jy die ouens aan die praat kry.
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01 Nov 2013 @ 19:50:02 pm
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O, magtag Wessel, oor watter gedeelte!!!! die "verkeerde ritrekenaar lesing"  of my verbruik!!!he-he-he.

Frans

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11 Oct 2017 @ 10:15:38 am
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Wessel jou stelling het gemaak dat ek iets moet se. Frans dit was voorwaar 'n baie goeie verbruik. Aangesien dit jare gelede was kan jy dalk aandui met watse voertuig dit was.

Ek lees jou redes vir vol tot vol en dit laat my dink die enigste verskil om van vol tot amper leeg te ry is dat die 2e helfte v d rit minder gewig voortgesleep hoef te word. Omdat bande se omtrek tot 5% kan verskil vir dieselfde groote kan dit ook bydra hoekom mense se verbruik anders is. Dis te se as alle ander veranderlike omstandighede dieselfde is.

Jou syfers wat uitlig dat die ritrekenaar 'n laer verbruik lewer as in werklikheid is dan ook die konsensus wat mense ondervind.

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