Tow car advice Jeep Grand Cherokee / Disco 4 / X5

Denn replied on 09/11/2019 18:52

Posted on 09/11/2019 18:52

Hello,

I haven’t posted before but been a member of the club for over 30 years. We have had a 2.0l Mitsubishi Outlander, year 2008 for the past 10 years and tow a Lunar Lexon DS.

We are now looking at changing the tow car and would like something a bit more substantial and capable, preferably with low ratio for pulling out of CL fields etc.

We would be looking at the used car market with a budget of around £15 - 21k.

The cars that we are interested in are:

Discovery 4 - post 2014 facelift with the better fuel economy and cheaper road tax

Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0d 2014 onwards 

BMW X5 30d around 2014

Please can anybody who's had experience of these cars give any advice?

Particularly interested in reliability (heard quite a few negative stories about Land Rovers), real world fuel consumption and towing ability.

Thank you very much

Dennis

 

takethedogalong replied on 12/11/2019 16:13

Posted on 12/11/2019 16:13

We found the perfect Xmas present for OH’s LR loving brotherπŸ˜‚

 

JVB66 replied on 12/11/2019 16:19

Posted on 12/11/2019 16:19

Bought our DIL the Haynes manual for her when she "dabled"with a Freelander 2 ,a year was long enough surprisedshe has now got a Sportagecool she has forgotten the way to the Kia dealer which  with the Landy knew all the LR staff surprised

jonray57 replied on 12/11/2019 17:05

Posted on 12/11/2019 17:05

Land Rovers are great, providing you get a good one; Jeeps are great too, but don't have the highest safety ratings; BMW's don't have indicators (seemingly) and are prone to  being creative with the truth.

Having said that - any of them will tow your caravan easily. The choice is yours. 
Other models are available πŸ˜€

jonray57 replied on 13/11/2019 07:17

Posted on 13/11/2019 06:52 by Whittakerr

Well my X5 has indicators and they work!tongue-out It also tows like a dream and up to now (6 months from new) has been 100% reliable.

 

Posted on 13/11/2019 07:17

Ahh! So you're the one who's found them! Well done! πŸ˜‰ Enjoy your new motor, but please don't be telling us in a few months time that you're getting 54mpg whilst towing! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰πŸ€ͺ

Whittakerr replied on 13/11/2019 07:22

Posted on 13/11/2019 07:17 by jonray57

Ahh! So you're the one who's found them! Well done! πŸ˜‰ Enjoy your new motor, but please don't be telling us in a few months time that you're getting 54mpg whilst towing! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰πŸ€ͺ

Posted on 13/11/2019 07:22

Unfortunately no where near that. Got 29 mpg towing on a trip from Bolton to isle of wight and back which i was pleased with. 35 - 45 mpg solo depending on the journey and my right foot.

 

Phishing replied on 14/11/2019 00:08

Posted on 14/11/2019 00:08

For what its worth, my opinion.

Disco 4 had real reliability issues, if you get on make sure its main dealer with a watertight warranty and full service history. Before the LR fanatics call foul just type Disco 4 crankshaft in a search engine and read. 

X5 is a bit marmite, average reliability and loved a lot or not loved at all by owners in equal amounts.  

Jeep is a damn site better than they used to be and seem to be loved by their owners. Fit and finish not up to european quality but perfectly good. 

You have overlooked the popular choice of Santa Fe/Sorento. Proper 4x4 and excellent build and reliability. Yes, I have one of them.

lornalou1 replied on 14/11/2019 11:11

Posted on 14/11/2019 00:08 by Phishing

For what its worth, my opinion.

Disco 4 had real reliability issues, if you get on make sure its main dealer with a watertight warranty and full service history. Before the LR fanatics call foul just type Disco 4 crankshaft in a search engine and read. 

X5 is a bit marmite, average reliability and loved a lot or not loved at all by owners in equal amounts.  

Jeep is a damn site better than they used to be and seem to be loved by their owners. Fit and finish not up to european quality but perfectly good. 

You have overlooked the popular choice of Santa Fe/Sorento. Proper 4x4 and excellent build and reliability. Yes, I have one of them.

Posted on 14/11/2019 11:11

Agree. the Lexon is about 1400kg mtplm so why go for such a big vehicle for such a light van. Sorento/Santa Fe would be ample.

derekcyril replied on 14/11/2019 16:09

Posted on 14/11/2019 16:09

trouble is the new land rovers ,you dont need to be a mechanic .,but an electronic wizard . after disco 2 even simple things like starter motors , its body of to get at it .

JVB66 replied on 14/11/2019 16:46

Posted on 14/11/2019 11:11 by lornalou1

Agree. the Lexon is about 1400kg mtplm so why go for such a big vehicle for such a light van. Sorento/Santa Fe would be ample.

Posted on 14/11/2019 16:46

Both reliable, and7yr Kia and 5yr Hyundi warranties and normally the dealers after sales is very good