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Towing with Defender 110 Tdi

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19 Jul 2004
Anonymous
Hi All,
I am considering buying a '97 Land Rover Defender 110 Tdi and was wondering how well this vehicle will tow in relation to my current vehicle ('93 Ford Telstar TX5). My caravan is a '86 Sprite Super Sport. I know that the Landy has a large amount of torque although performance is a bit lacking. Will the vehicle be able to tow the van comfortably between 100 - 110km/h. Also what sort of fuel consumption etc will I be expecting. Any comments or advise will be greatly appreciated.
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19 Jul 2004
Sam
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When you tow a caravan with a Land Rover you don't really notice its there. I have a Td5 and find 100-110 km/h a comfortable pace. Accelerating and avertaking is a different subject. The low gear range make manouvering/reversing easier. My fuel consumption with an Xplorer is about 9-10 km for every liter. Going a bit faster and the consumption rockets!

Regards,

Sam Weesie
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20 Jul 2004
Mark
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Richard,

If I remember correctly, the TDi motor put out some 81 or 82kW, nothing to write home about but the old motor had good low down torque characteristics, purposely suited to slower off road slogging, which by extension includes towing.

Even solo, I think it's top speed was some 139kmh, which is irrelevant in this type of application. I recommend a maximum towing speed of 100kmh which I am sure the TDi will manage once up to speed.

Sam has the slightly more powerful and modern TD5 motor which in Defender form has 90kW(300Nm) and in Discovery 102kW(340Nm), but he is towing a much heavier van (Xplorer).

Stability and towing dynamics will be good, with frontal resistance of the caravan offset by the already bulky Defender profile. I don't think it would be fair to compare the Defender with a Telstar except to say the Defender will be a vast improvement as a towcar.

I can't tell you what fuel consumption you will achieve, but driven conservatively, I would estimate that you could manage between 5 & 6 km per litre (approx.16,6l/100km)

Regards
Mark Lowe
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